A conservative organization’s either/or framing on statements by President Obama and Al Gore poses a phony choice. It’s entirely responsible to accept both … or, for that matter, to accept neither. They’re not mutually inconsistent.

Which do you believe?

And do you have to believe just one? Or can you believe both?

That “Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come”?

Or that “We can’t attribute any weather event to global warming”?

Pick or choose: One or the other? Or neither or both?

The two quotes came just about two weeks apart, the former in late October and the latter in mid-November 2012.

In a very real sense, the question posed — which do you agree with? — pits former Vice President Al Gore, source of the first quote, against President Obama, source of the second.

The riddle appears on billboards, the work of “CFACT,” the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, which publishes Marc Morano’s “Climate Depot” skeptics site. The billboards, with photos of both Obama and Gore, are placed along Washington, D.C., and New York City expressways.

According to Heartland Institute, which has mailed post cards showing the billboards, the billboards “point to the lack of consensus on climate change even among prominent Democrats.”

Choose one or the other, it seems. Multiple choice, except there’s no implication that accepting both statements as legitimate is no doubt the most accurate answer: You can believe both, they’re not inconsistent.

Message and image below fromĀ Watchdog.org. (Hat tip to Professor Mark Chopping of Montclair State University in New Jersey for pointing out this riddle. He plans to use it to test the reasoning skills of his general education and non-major students.)

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