Al Gore claims reporter botched his quote about ‘category 6’ hurricanes

Al Gore claims reporter botched his quote about ‘category 6’ hurricanes

Al Gore’s staff says The Washington Post mangled a quote that made the former vice president the object of derision.

The paper quoted Gore as claiming that a new “category 6” is being added to the hurricane rating system — but he claims to have said something different, and the Post isn’t standing by the quote as it appeared in its interview transcript.

On Wednesday the Post published an in-depth interview on climate change with Gore that quoted him saying: “The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6. The fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over these storms and extreme weather events.”

But Gore’s staff, according to a follow-up Post item Friday, tell the paper that they had Gore saying something a bit different in the interview. They have the quote this way: “The scientists are now adding category six to the hurricane … some are proposing we add category 6 to the hurricane scale that used to be 1-5.”

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