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Or somewhere new, anyway. By necessity. So says Al Gore.
In a speech at the Copenhagen climate summit he declared: "These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years."
We're talking a massive relocation of elves, folks.
In a curious twist, Dr. Maslowski thereupon claimed that Gore had distorted his views. "It's unclear to me how this figure was arrived at," he told the Times of London. "I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this."
Another Gore fibbery! But apparently not.
Climate Depot's Marc Morano obtained a Danish government handout citing the Monterey, California professor's modeling and reaching the same conclusion as Gore. "Projecting the trend into the future indicates that autumn could become near ice free between 2011 and 2016 (Maslowski, 2009)."
Which simply means Gore didn't intentionally misrepresent Maslowski, not that either the professor or the former veep is right. Still, you can't blame Santa for being just a bit nervous.