Gore: Climate Change Opponents Racist

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Last week, Al  Gore explained to Climate Reality Project advocate Alex Bogusky that anthropogenic climate change believers must “win the conversation” against its opponents.  By winning the conversation, Gore apparently means verbally bludgeoning its opponents into submission by shouting “racist” at them.

“I remember, again, going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,” Gore said.  “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa!  How gross and evil is that?’  My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’  And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”

What does race have to do with anthropogenic climate change, you ask?  Let Mr. Gore answer: “There came a time when friends or people you work with or people you were in clubs with — you’re much younger than me so you didn’t have to go through this personally — but there came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, ‘Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don’t go for that so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.’ That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won.”

So racists are of the same moral character as climate change deniers?  “I think it’s the same where the moral component is concerned and where the facts are concerned I think it is important to get that out there, absolutely,” Gore explained.

This is how liberals now argue.  They are afraid to argue the facts, so they call people who disagree with them, not only about race but about anything, racist.  They don’t want to discuss actual scientific evidence, so they slander their opponents as Bull Connors reincarnated.  It’s the only way that Al Gore can win an argument: by shutting the argument down.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    "What does race have to do with anthropogenic climate change, you ask?"

    ANSWER: Race is the all-purpose bogeyman with which to demonize opponents you can't otherwise defeat in argument. It is employed regularly by the extreme Right (KKK, Nazis) and the mainstream Left. Perhaps not such strange bedfellows after all.

    • ILIA

      Nazi means Nazional Sozialist, in German. You understand now, they are socialists. That they cut throats with Soviets doesn't make them rightwing. So did Trotskyists, Chinese and many others. Are they too rightwing?

    • Guest

      KKK: terrorist wing of the Democratic partly.
      NAZI: Nationalist German Socialist Workers Party.

      How does that fit with the American right? Your logic is just a little weak there.

      • Chezwick_mac

        Yep, I read Jonah Goldberg's 'Liberal Fascism' too. It's just not that simple.

        Nationalism has long been considered a Right-wing construct (the Left is decidedly internationalist); Socialism is certainly a Left-wing construct. Call it what you will. Evil is evil, all semantics aside.

        • trickyblain

          Good on you, Chez. While it's very easy to indentify the nationalist elements among Nazis, is less easy to pinpoint how they were socialist, other than the name. All communists, not just Soviets, were second only to Jews in terms of Hitler's contempt.

  • Ron Lofaro

    This is the same Al Gore who lied during his campaign that his father voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and it cost him his Senate seat. Al Gore Sr.. voted against the 1964 act and tried to have it eviscerated after it passed the Senate …and did not lose his Senate seat until 1970…same old Al Gore; those damned inconvenient facts

    • Fred Dawes

      thank you

    • davarino

      You forgot about his invention of the internet. He is a nut, thats all.

      • trickyblain

        Al Gore: "I'll be offering my vision when my campaign begins. And it will be comprehensive and sweeping. And I hope that it will be compelling enough to draw people toward it. I feel that it will be. But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I've traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."

        Wolf Blitzer: "I invented the Internet."

        Rightwing echochamber: "Al Gore says he invented the Internet!"

        If only the rightwing echochamber had access to the internet, they would easily see the contributions Gore made towrds creeating the Internet as we know it. He created the Internet in the same way Eisenhower created the Interstate system. At least according to those who did the legwork.

        • welldoneson

          tricky, Al Gore tried to take credit for the internet being developed.
          Period. No echochamber. Just his words. Have some respect for them.
          And yourself.

          • alexander

            Wds: do not discuss with a blind leftist. His nose and both grey cells are brown.
            Liberalism is a mental disorder.

          • trickyblain

            Translation: "Don't try and understand or debate facts. I know my severely limited abilty to think and write cannot handle it. Just hurl insults and repeat something Michael Savage always says."

          • trickyblain

            He should! Obviously, not complete credit, but he deserves credit nonetheless. Ask the inventors of Mosaic (the first browser for home PC use, funded by the Gore Bill). He's had a huge role in technological advancements throughout his career.

            And he never did say that he, alone "invented the Internet" — yet many, many rightwingers beleive that he did. The are wrong. Period.

          • Jim_C

            tricky, I appreciate that you did not bring up the even more salient point that he also did not call anthropogenic climate change deniers "racists."

            He merely compared the ignorance of racists to the ignorance of climate change deniers.

    • sedoanman

      Hey, waitaminnit. Wait one cotton-pickin' minnit. Gore's argument cuts both ways. If we use Gore's "guilt by association" argument, we can say he is a racist because his father voted against the Civil Rights Act.

  • Fred Dawes

    Al Gore wants your money end of story, but who is Al working for?

    • sedoanman

      Better yet, WHO is Al Gore, and why should we give him our money?

    • welldoneson

      Easy, Fred; Al is working for Al.

  • Fred Dawes

    Read Human EVENTS About our guy old money Al.

  • StephenD

    Sounds like he was a very good student…of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky. He has isolated and personalized the enemy. The burden is now on you, the listener to defend yourself against the false charge of “racism” before you even think of climate issues. Alinsky taught how to use loaded questions to elicit particular responses to steer the decision-making process in the desired direction. It’s called “Manipulation” and Alinsky followers wear the term proudly. “Let the common man feel he can direct his own destiny….” Gore is attempting to employ just such tactics.

    • StephenD

      I’d tell him he needs to go back to school to get it right. Maybe do an internship with Hillary and then move up to the big leagues with Obama. These 2 are Masters!

  • tkellybal

    If Gore is trotting out the "racist" term, it means one thing: He's loosing the debate and he knows it.
    Al Gore is desperately trying to hold on to relevance. That's what this "envionmentalist" thing has become for him- a means by which he can stay important.

  • tarleton

    Al Gore has cried WOLF waaay too many times and now his fate is to be ignored as a fool or nutjob ….the seudo scientific cult of GW is collapsing like the ponzi scheem that it really is and we can expect it's promoters to become increasingly shrill and hysterical …like an aging french actress who cannot except that she's not wanted anymore …….HAHA …algore is the bridget bardot of climate change ! ! !

    Here in the UK it's just been announced that we've had the coldest summer since 98 …. I wish the planet was warming , we could use it

  • tarleton

    poor fat algore , he's becoming a parody of the whole Ecotwit movement …they are going to become a laughing stock like the 1960's hippies were

    G W is a fadd , craze and new age cult …the age of aquarious ? or the age of algorious
    someone should do a parody of algore on stage singing the ''age of aquarious''

  • Zam

    Two judges in Michigan overturned Michigan's ban on Affirmative-Action because they believed the ban on Affirmative-Action impermissibly burdened racial minorities. With this in mind, I'm figurin that Gore is figurin global warming impermissibly burdens racial minorities. Well, the racial minorities do sweat more than the whites, and I guess this is an unfair side effect of being non-white. Its just too bad non-whites are not white. Maybe there is some sour grapes here, but the non-whites are just stuck with being non-white and they should just get used to it. OK, the whites do have it good when it comes to warm weather. Not only do whites not sweat as much in warm weather as non-white minorities, but the whites can also get tans in the process.

  • Zam

    Yes, the tanning thing is a sensitive area for the non-white minorities–it is usually not a subject of politically-correct conversation. So, in order for this entry to be politically-correct for any minorities that read it, I say we just pretend that I never said anything about tanning–and all I talked about was sweating. I hope the non-white minorities are able to pretend this. If the non-white minorities are not able to pretend this, well us whites can still pretend it and make like the non-white minorities are imagining things. So, in summary, I understand where Gore was coming from when he talked about racism and global warming. It has to do with sweating and tanning. Again, pretend that I never said anything about tanning-all I mentioned was sweating. It is better for everybody in the long run. I have just ciphered the mystery behind racism and global warming.

  • Stephen_Brady

    I must be anti-Semitic, and a racist. After all, I DENY Anthropogenic Climate Change …

    … Where's my sheet and hood? …

    /sarc

  • Wesley69

    This's the biggest, pompous, lying walking meat sack next to Obama.

  • Conservalover

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/04/1003

    97-98% actual scientists–not "the head of the Weather Channel" or whomever–agree.

    IT'S REAL.

    • pagegl

      The validity of that piece of research has been ripped to shreads; the authors cheery-picked their subjects.

      • Conservalover

        Yes, I'm sure a few bloggers, editorials, and cranks "discredited" that paper. LOL

    • WSG

      Cherry picking data and respondents does NOT turn a lie into fact.
      HUmans can no more change the climate than we can alter gravity.
      We can can not control the weather on a local or regional scale so how is it possible to influence the CLIMATE on a global scale ??

      • trickyblain

        Uh, never heard of the Urban Heat Island Efffect?

    • welldoneson

      been shown to be BS often enough to make you look a twit, sport.

      • Conservalover

        Sure, cranks, bloggers, petroleum companies have all repeated the BS.

        Unfortunately for you, nobody credible has shown it to be BS.

  • tagalog

    When Al Gore talks about the moral component of the climate change conversation, what exactly is he talking about?

    I thought the conversation about climate change was an argument wholly based on science, not morality.

    People have different views on morality; that's because many people have written many well-reasoned analyses of morality and there are lots of different views of morality as a result.

    So what's this bit with the moral component business? Could Mr. Gore be a little more explicit on just what moral principles are involved in the climate change conversation? Particularly those that are analogous to the issues involved in the conversation on race some years ago, when Mr. Gore was young?

  • 080

    Oh goody! With whom are we racing?

  • angel

    Al Gore is a nitwit! Don't expect too much from a vacuous mind. I expect more from a rock. The Left doesn't debate they just try to psych you out with empty headed insults. The reason is clear they cannot win the debate on reason so then attack with impunity because they do not expect a fight from a conservative.

  • jasonz

    Gore said. “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”

    with that paragraph Gor completly destroyed his own argument. How can gore claim to 'answer questions with integrity" when he NEVER debates or answers questions? CLimate change skeptiks are skeptics because you cannot answer questions with integrity.Gores 'science' is shoddy at best and smacks of a power grab agenda. proponents actions completly contradict their predictions. how do you claim to say the sea level will rise then by a 14 mill dollar mansion on the beach? or limo rides, priv jets, or the tons of other stuff you and GW proponents do that are completly contrary to your 'beliefs'?

    • jasonz

      how can person after person admit to falsifying/omitting data or interpreting results that are opposite of what the real data shows? the more gore talks about it the more americans are convinced that GW is nothing more than a new manbearpig.

  • alexander

    Shrinks of the world unite!!!! That overweight idiot needs the Army of All !!!!

  • Joe

    a gorel is insane

  • CanadConserv

    Truly scary to think someone so irrational could have been president. Although perhaps that's what we have anyhow in Obama.

    • trickyblain

      What's so irrational about him?

      • CanadConserv

        Gore irrationally denies the credentials, expertise and objectivity of scientists that disagree either that the earth is warming, or if they believe it is warming, that people are necessarily responsible. He doesn't have to agree with them. But a rational person would know they offer opinions every bit as valid and worthy of discussion as scientists on the other side of this debate. That Gore can be so hyper partisan, so emotional, so utterly blind to another valid perspective, almost hysterically so (have you heard the recording him of ranting BS?) defines him as irrational. A man like could easily create equally one-sided, irrational policy, entirely deaf to worthy arguments against. he would be hyper ideological. Or worse: a man like that could be subject to dangerously irrational reactions and policies as president.Nice to hear from you, tricky.Steve

  • Steve

    Just more evidence that a virulent racism lies deep in the heart of the Progressive/Fascist beast.

  • waterwillows

    Personally, I think the left has made a career on imposing as much guilt feelings as they can on the population.
    It doesn't have to be justified….just imposed.
    That way they think to more easily grab power and suppress people who are in too much guilt turmoil.
    What great fools they are.

  • tarleton

    Ecotwits see mankind as the enemy and sometimes as vermin in a not disimilar way that the eco friendly nazis saw certain humans as vermin….the modern enviromentalist movement is a sinister hybrid of traits of both nazi/comm…anti capitalist AND anti human

  • PoohChooTrain

    Will somebody PLEASE release this guy's Second Chakra before
    he bursts a blood vessel in his head and strokes out. On second
    thought…don't bother.

  • coyote3

    No, he didn't call people who question climate change causation "racists", but he compared what they are saying to what he claimed were racist actions and/or comments.