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“Gore seems to be drowning in a sea of his own global-warming illusions. Nevertheless, he is desperately trying to keep global-warming alarmism alive,” said Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, calling Mr. Gore “the world’s first potential climate billionaire.”

He also compared the former vice president’s opinion to the proverbial ostrich-with-its-head-in-the-sand tale.

Some say Mr. Gore’s claims are convenient — but canny.

“If theres a drought — its global warming. When theres a hurricane — its global warming. If there are heavy snows or even blizzards — its somehow global warming,” said Jeff Poor, an analyst with the conservative Business & Media Institute.

“Gores remarks are consistent with the media view of the issue. Journalists have repeatedly preferred the alarmist view on the climate over any opposition, even when the weather is inconveniently different than predicted,” Mr. Poor added.