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Al Gore: A Fat Cocktail of Stupidity and Lies

May 7, 2008 (EIRNS)—In an interview on National Public Radio's May 6 "Fresh Air" broadcast, Al Gore, using the cyclone-affected ongoing massive tragedy in Myanmar to propagate lies about global warming, said: "We're seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming." Gore injected these lies with ignoramus comments, saying global warming is forcing ocean temperatures to rise, which is causing storms, including cyclones and hurricanes, to intensify.

What Gore did not say is that seven of the world's nine deadliest cyclones/hurricanes/storms, since such records have been kept kept, had originated in the Indian Ocean, got funnelled into the Bay of Bengal, and hit the eastern and southeastern shores of the Indian subcontinent and western shores of Myanmar (nee Burma), causing incalculable damage. These deadly ones were recorded as far back as 1737. To identify a few:

On Oct. 7, 1737, a cyclone that came in from the Bay of Bengal destroyed 20,000 ships in a densely populated area with a huge amount of shipping and trade. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people died along the coast of then-undivided Bengal.

In November of 1839, the village of Coringa, situated on the mouth of River Godavari in India's Andhra Pradesh was hit by a gigantic, 40-foot tidal wave caused by an enormous cyclone. The cyclone wiped out the harbor city, destroying 20,000 vessels in the bay and killing 300,000 people.

On Nov. 12-13, 1970, a cyclone hit coastal areas of East Pakistan (now, Bangladesh) killing 200,000 people. Another 100,000 were reported missing, which means the bodies of those were never found.

In other words, from time immemorial, cyclones have originated in the Indian Ocean, south of the Bay of Bengal, have entered the narrow Bay of Bengal and caused devastation. These storms occur every year, but the landfall does not always occur at populated areas causing as much damage as it has caused to Myanmar this time.