AN INCONVENIENT AL GORE
By Alan Caruba
This is the same Al Gore who, on January 15, 2004, when the weather in New York reached a near-record chill, delivered yet another loopy lecture on his obsession with global warming. Gore lays ownership to an encyclopedia of bizarre notions available to anyone who reads his book, Earth in the Balance, published in the early 1990s.
Gore, like most seriously committed environmentalists (who probably should be committed someplace where they can’t do any harm) believes that the human race is responsible for ruining the Earth.
Early in his book, he speaks of “humankind’s assault” on the Earth. Back in 1997, when Gore was still Vice President, the White House hosted a hundred television weathermen at a global warming conference. His solution to the planet’s problems was to put an end to over-population in developing nations by ramping up Third World birth control information. I suspect that Gore would favor even more drastic ways of reducing population, if he thought it would “save” the Earth.
Gore has been talking up global warming since the environmental loonies switched their tune in the 1980s from a coming Ice Age to an effort to reverse the Industrial Revolution with the warming theory. He has steadfastly ignored any scientific evidence that it is not happening and insists that thousands of scientists worldwide support the theory.
So, Gore will be back, this time with a film. Dare we call it a documentary? The problem is that most of the facts it will present either have been or will be refuted by a growing number of climatologists and meteorologists who no longer want to be lumped in with those whose “science” is based mostly on government salaries or foundation grants.
It should amaze and anger people that the U.S. government has spent $18 billion on climate research since 1990, three times as much as any other nation. None of it has demonstrated that the global warming theory has any validity. In 2000, Gore was advocating a $150 billion fund “to help develop clean new technologies.” Nothing is ever going to be clean enough for Gore and the Greens.
The movie will no doubt show pictures of melting glaciers so that he can predict that most of the East Coast will be under water, if dire conditions continue. His problem is that there are no dire conditions. Seasonally, parts of glaciers do melt, but neither the North nor South Pole is melting. There is no planetary emergency, no matter how many scary pictures Gore shows.
Another problem with Al Gore’s refusal to go away and grow tobacco on his Tennessee farm is his unremitting hatred of those he calls “the polluters.” For Gore, pollution is everywhere. The “polluters” all seem to represent aspects of the world’s providers of energy, whether it is oil, coal, or natural gas. He’s on record opposing nuclear power as well. Gore wants “alternative, sustainable” forms of energy that, if they worked, would be in use. Solar and wind power are simply insufficient to the energy needs of the modern world.
To get a sense of just how nuts Al Gore is, in his book, he advocated “the strategic goal of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine over, say a twenty-five year period.” And suffice it to say that he would put the solution of all the world’s problems in the hands of the United Nations, the single most corrupt international institution on the face of the Earth.
This is the man who came within a handful of votes of being President of the United States of America. If that doesn’t scare you, then nothing will. Worse yet, one suspects that Al Gore thinks this new movie and his inane television channel will be the platform for his presidential candidacy at some future point in time.
The real inconvenient truth is that, when the movie comes out, Al Gore is going to be interviewed by a fawning mainstream press, repeating all of his irrational notions in an effort to get us all to abandon our cars with their awful internal combustion engines, to stop using air conditioning, and generally go live in the woods somewhere. With Summer just around the corner, at least he has picked the right time of year this time to warn us once again about global warming.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
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