Al Gore: Basic Science

Over at the Corner John Derbyshire links to a clip of Al Gore on the Tonight Show explaining geothermal energy to Conan O’Brien. Let’s take a listen.

In case the clip gets taken down, here’s the quote of interest, where Gore is explaining the source of geothermal energy.

It definitely is, and it’s a relatively new one. People think about geothermal energy — when they think about it at all — in terms of the hot water bubbling up in some places, but two kilometers or so down in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks, ’cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees, and the crust of the earth is hot …

Emphasis mine. Of course the core of the Earth is a few thousand degrees, not a few million. For reference, the sun is a few million degrees at its core. But what’s a factor of a thousand between friends. Perhaps Al can claim only to have only made a million or so off of global warming and his connections in congress when it is actually a billion. Being off by three orders of magnitude is so convenient sometimes. Ed Morrissey adds his thoughts over at Hot Air.

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin made such an utterly ridiculous comment on national television?

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