Al Gore in Denial

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“Do as I say or you are going to die” is a very persuasive argument. Generally made, emphatically, by robbers, the imperative has been taken up by politicians. Off the lips of the former, it’s an instrument of force; off the lips of the latter, of fraud. When highwaymen say words to this effect, they convey, particularly when backed by a killing instrument, the ne’er-do-well’s control of events. When politicians command you to adopt their policies or perish, it demonstrates the opposite: a lack of control, desperation even.One gets that vibe from reading Al Gore’s “Climate of Denial” in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Therein, the former vice president claims that “what hangs in the balance is the future of civilization,” the current course is “suicidal for global civilization,” and global warming will swallow coastlines through flooding. “Should we care about the loss of Spain, France, Italy, the Balkans, Turkey, Tunisia?” Gore asks. “Look at what they say is in store for Mexico. Should we notice? Should we care?” Put more bluntly: Do as I say or you are going to die.

Why has Gore adopted the rhetoric of desperation?

Global warming is a losing issue. The failure of the UN’s climate conference in Bonn earlier this month shows waning appetite for the issue on an international scale. A new survey commissioned by Yale and George Mason Universities finds that less than half of Americans believe that human activities contribute to planetary warming and just 39 percent agreed that “most scientists think global warming is happening.” Pew’s annual “top policy priorities” poll ranks global warming 21st out of 22 issues in importance, beating out obesity but trailing such off-the-radar topics as transportation and lobbyists. When unemployment rates exceed nine percent and national debt approaches annual GDP, citizens tend to focus on concrete rather than amorphous issues. In hard times, we want the news, not the weather.

Al Gore blames another culprit for his cause’s demise, namely, free speech. The Nobel Prize winner writes in Rolling Stone that “the ‘conversation of democracy’ has become so deeply dysfunctional that our ability to make intelligent collective decisions has been seriously impaired.” It’s not just that the public square has become a dangerous place for global warming, but that skeptics of anthropocentric global warming have put their money where their mouths are. “Polluters and Ideologues are trampling all over the ‘rules’ of democratic discourse,” Gore complains. “They are financing pseudoscientists whose job is to manufacture doubt about what is true and what is false; buying elected officials wholesale with bribes that the politicians themselves have made ‘legal’ and can now be made in secret; spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year on misleading advertisements in the mass media; hiring four anti-climate lobbyists for every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.”

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  • acetech1

    Gore's motive is to make more money for himself.

  • David

    Gores motive is to help humanity. If he wanted money, he'd be an investment banker, not a politician or environmentalist. He operates a not for profit organisation. Climate change sceptics are deniers need to step out of their selfish worlds and stard considering the future of our beautiful planet and humanity. Gore is spot on, a brilliant article.

    • Billy

      Hi david,you swallowed gores bait hook line and sinker.Not for profit?LOL.He's getting fat off your money.If I can help it,he sure won't get fat off mine.Gore is not only a liar,he's a rich fat liar.Why do you warmist scaremongers churn yourselves up so much over a hoax?Sure beats me.Michael "hockey stick "mann just shot himself in the foot again.James hansen is no more than than an activist,Google al gore several million degrees,then come back and tell me he's sane.

    • Terry

      If there is an international carbon trading market, Gore's companies will do what they've been set up to do. They'll control that market in nothingness and Gore will be one of the world's richest men, living off the misery of the rest of us who will have to cut back our consumption to please him. Your argument is 1005 and 180 degrees wrong. He has more vested interest than anyone else in this non debate.

    • No Snake Oil

      Gore's motive IS to help himself. Can't you see that this the last-desperate act of an un-informed mind? I don't care if it's the first ACT of Henry the VIII.
      Gore's beliefs are based on faulty and incorrect Science. Climate Change (formally Global Warming) is from Nature and NOT man made. Mother Earth knows how to take care of itself, and throughout history has made here on course corrections, and does so at appropriate times throughout all history. Again, the Science behind Climate Change just keeps being debunkded… PLEASE FIND A WORTHY CAUSE. Earth will take care of itself.

    • Sunspot

      David, you need to spit out the kool-aid. Al Gore, according to published sources – is the world's first 'carbon billionaire'. And 'spot on'? Hardly – which is why British courts have ruled his film can't be shown to schoolkids – without pointing out the outright science lies he puts forth. Al is simply the scam that keeps on scamming…and now, he can't even make the cover of the Rolling Stone. The IPCC has been debunked so many times regarding climate scares – they're now comic book class. Read up, David.

    • voted against carter


      Your comprehension ability is suspect so I try and keep it simple.

      You are an idiot. STOP proving it with every statement you make.

    • mlcblog

      I remember taking a real estate course where they said If people could find a way to sell air they'd do it!! Looks like someone did. Even better, a basic element that exists both within our bodies and everywhere in the world — carbon. What an obvious scam!!

      Learn some science, people.

  • geez

    Gore is a big fat has been loser. He ought to be tried for treason and crimes against humanity.

    • common terry

      All the forest fires are hoaxes!

  • Anti-Statist

    “Do as I say or you are going to die”. That's what Front Page Mag says about Islam! LOL! Maybe Horowitz and Al Gore are related.

  • kblink45

    Al Gore is a propogandist. The RS article reminds me of the advice Howard Dean proferred, to "control the message," and of his own attempt. "First we're going to New Hampshire, then Oregon, then California, YEEAAAH!"

  • tkellybal

    Gore's primary motivation is self-aggrandizement. Somehow he stumbled upon becoming the point-man for this "global warming" thing, and he likes it. He likes feeling important. He likes being cool to the indie-rock crowd. He likes the sense of purpose.
    He has to keep this "climate change' tune humming, just as Al Sharpton types have to keep their "racism" tune humming. Without it, he's a has-been.
    Al is all about Al.

  • Bill Finegan

    Almost all of the man-made global warming skeptics don’t know what coral bleaching is or ocean acidification. They can’t tell us what the current level of ghg ppm in the atmosphere is or even what level is sustainable yet they loudly tell us MMGW is a hoax perpetrated by left wingers to rob us of our tax dollars.

    The skeptics refuse to take time to actually study the issue and seriously consider the results found by over 98% of our climate scientists proving MMGW is real and it’s likely to pose a very serious problem for our children. They call those scientists paid for liars.

    I choose to believe the peer-reviewed science of global warming. This is where you find the truth.

  • Spider

    Bill Finegan — I beg to differ – Many global warming skeptics are also top scientists and have studied the issue. In fact thousands of these scientists signed a petition stating that after their own investigation they believe Global Warming is at best grossly exadurated and at worst a complete hoax. Real science should be about skepticism before proof and there is no concrete proof global climate change is caused by human activity.

  • Merdol

    Hey Spider,

    Care to provide citations?

  • Fuzzlenutter

    You can "choose" to do or believe any damn thing you want. Just don't demand that I follow a fool like you…

  • Alex Kovnat

    I have been saying for years that a major reason why global warming is such a contentious issue is: Those who don't like the automobile industry or our western way of life generally, are going to have a very heavy emotional vested interest in the idea of the world coming to an end from global warming. Even if we can safely assume Al Gore isn't making a penny off of this issue, his emotional and ego vested interest are controlling his behavior just as surely as a financial/material vested interest would.

  • Merdol


    I don't follow your argument. Correct me if I've misread you but it seems that you have this idea of a person who is some sort of a luddite living off the grid with a mesianic "the end is near" sign in hand. Personally, I like the automobile industry and our western way of life. I just think the automobile industry as well others could do a lot better. I say this because I am pro business. This sort of greed makes people very short sighted. If we keep on this road those companies will end up with nobody to buy their products either because they'll be too poor or too sick. That's all it is.

    • voted against carter


      Your comprehension ability is suspect so I try and keep it simple.

      You are an idiot. STOP proving it with every statement you make.

  • Merdol


    Again, let Al Gore go for a second. Assume he is the worst person ever to take a breath if it calms you down. This isn't about Al Gore.

    Focusing on the ideas put forth for a second, do you know how I know that you haven't read a single sentence from a source that doesn't agree with you? Because if you had, you would know that although they've called this issue "global warming," in fact this issue would be better labeled "extreme climate change." So, since you're so concerned with "cooling" you should know that the the great many real scientists who have worked on this are equally concerned with cooling as they are with warming. You may be on the right side of this after all!

    • voted against carter

      Your comprehension ability is suspect so I try and keep it simple.

      You are an idiot. STOP proving it with every statement you make.

  • voted against carter


    Your comprehension ability is suspect so I try and keep it simple.

    You are an idiot. STOP proving it with every statement you make.

  • voted against carter

    Gobal "what ever you call it this week" is a SCAM.

    Al Gore should be in JAIL for FRAUD.

  • voted against carter

    Global -" What ever you call it this week",…


    If you tell it often enough, people WILL believe it is true.

    Or so the theory goes.

    Theoretical Rationale = made up stuff

    Empirical Evidence = MORE made up stuff

    Scientific Consensus = "Scientific" made up stuff

    The self-correcting nature of the scientific method = More "Scientific" made up stuff.


    And we ALL know how THAT worked out.

    Eco-fascists will control you

    100% natural

    You will jog for the master race

    And always wear the happy face.

  • EdwardG

    I know what coral bleaching is and ocean acidification. I know the current level (approximate) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. I do not know what level is "sustainable," but then no one else does either.

    I have studied the issue of global warming, and the issue of whether it is man-made. The fact is, no one knows if the earth is going to warm further or not. No one knows how much of an effect mankind has on the earth's temperature.

    Climate scientists rely on computer models to say that earth will continue to warm, and that mankind is responsible. I don't call those scientists who rely on computer models liars. But I don't call them scientists either. Peer-reviewed or not, climate science is not science.

    It's fine for you to believe in the peer-reviewed science of global warming. Or to believe in UFOs or Roswell or Jesus Christ. Is any of that true or false? No one knows, and no one can know. Just because you believe it does not make it true.

    • rationalsam

      …what would you call science then…

  • Russell C

    But wait, there's more: Two particular details in Gore's big ol' article are probably lost on many. The first is a small one requiring a close eye on who he has long credited for giving him the evidence to 'prove' skeptic climate scientists were crooks – he's contradicted himself TWICE now. The other detail is larger, an unsupportable claim – as we all know – that the media is not doing enough to get his message through. That is nothing more than a 15-year old ruse to prompt left-leaning reporters to say to themselves, "Ooooo, I'm not going to be that guy, and I'm sure not going to give the time of day to Exxon-funded skeptics." For more on that, please see my RedState article, "Pt II: Is Gore’s Accusation of Skeptic Climate Scientists Still a Hoax?"

  • palidin48

    Hey Bill: I'm not going sit at home in the dark, or ride a friking bicycle, or pay more taxes over something the climate has been doing for a damn long time. Changing!

    As for the scientists Bill, There are quite a few reputable scientists ( ones who don't depend on government grants) who argue against man caused climate change.

    Anything held to scientific rigor must show repeatable results. If you have skew data or cook the books, It does not count Bill.

    I'm not impressed with terms like MMGW or ghgppm. Just tell me why climate change thousands of years ago, is any different than todays' climate change.

  • NikFromNYC

    The LA Times featured cold fusion in '89 before its debunking. Environmentalists were aghast!
    “It’s like giving a machine gun to an idiot child.” – Paul Ehrlich (mentor of John Cook of the SkepticalScience blog, author of "Climate Change Denial")
    “Clean-burning, non-polluting, hydrogen-using bulldozers still could knock down trees or build housing developments on farmland.” – Paul Ciotti (LA Times)
    “It gives some people the false hope that there are no limits to growth and no environmental price to be paid by having unlimited sources of energy.” – Jeremy Rifkin (NY Times)
    “Many people assume that cheaper, more abundant energy will mean that mankind is better off, but there is no evidence for that.” – Laura Nader (sister of Ralph)

    CLIMATEGATE 101: "For your eyes only…Don't leave stuff lying around on ftp sites – you never know who is trawling them. The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone….Tom Wigley has sent me a worried email when he heard about it – thought people could ask him for his model code. He has retired officially from UEA so he can hide behind that." – Phil "Hide The Decline" Jones to Michael "Hockey Stick" Mann

    Here I present A Global Warming Digest:

    -=NikFromNYC=- Ph.D. in Carbon Chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)

  • Canadian Steve

    That you believe 98% of climate scientists support global warming theory indicates you to be the ignorant, duped one. That number is a statistical lie produced by alarmists, based on willful assumptions and attributions.

  • Steeloak

    A concise response to your claims by a top climatologist!

    And if that isn't enough for you, try this on for size:

  • common terry

    MORE made up stuff from PBS.
    Impressive how NOVA faked all those Glaciers melting and resulting rivers on the Ice.
    Kinda like all the fake forest fires around Moscow last year.
    Wildfires have caused chaos in Russia to the extent that it has had to suspend wheat exports? really! they just want to starve other people is all! THEY ARE ALL HOAXES!

    Scientists lie, like with evolution and the sun being the center of the solar system.

  • cjlaw

    OK Ill drop the progressive rant, Yes we can do a lot more with great ideas. In real time the fact is the laws written on the good ideas fly in the face of common sense. Example I just finished a install of a 6kw solar system pages and pages of forms, permits extra costs with nothing to do with the system itself, no kidding and extra 60-75 hrs. of BS. In Germany its a one page form that any certified Electrician fills out, no inspection they trust the Electrician to sign off and its done. That's why ideas like this are so burdened with extra process that it stifles good systems. Hence my frustration, this fact will not stop me from applying better ideas just makes it a lot harder.

  • Merdol

    Guess I came to the wrong place for debate. :)

  • Balkans Tag Party

    All of the above actually FORMED the Russian Empire at the time.

  • common terry

    All the floods in Pakistan that killed all those Muslims were a Taliban Hoax! The droughts in Texas is not really happening. The prolonged drought in East Africa is bringing many of the region's impoverished to their knees: the World Food Program (WFP) is warning that 10 million people in the region are facing severe shortages. While not dubbed a famine yet, experts say it could become one.

    We all know the experts at the UN are jut in it for the money! We know because everyone loves money.