Al Gore has been largely silent since the Climategate scandal broke last Fall, surfacing briefly to attend the doomed climate change summit in Copenhagen, some sparsely attended book signings, and at one point, a dramatic poetry reading from his book.
But as the country experienced one of the coldest and snowiest winters in years, he was so sorely missed, his face was put on the back of a milk carton.
He finally surfaced again at an Apple Shareholder meeting, on Thursday, where a fellow shareholder called him a laughingstock and urged against his reelection to the board. Despite the controversy, he was reelected.
Earlier this week, Investors Business Daily made note of Al Gore’s strange silence in the face of the collapse of his pet issue:
The godfather of climate hysteria is in hiding as another of his wild claims unravels — this one about global warming causing seas to swallow us up.
We’ve not seen or heard much of the former vice president, Oscar winner and Nobel Prize recipient recently as the case for disastrous man-made climate change collapses.
Perhaps he’s off reading how scientists were forced to withdraw a study on a projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding two “technical” mistakes that undermined the findings.
Two years ago, Justice Michael Burton of London’s High Court ruled Gore’s film could be shown in British schools only if material explaining its errors were included in the curriculum. Burton documented nine significant errors in Gore’s film and wrote that some of Gore’s claims arose from “alarmism and exaggeration.”
The first error Gore made, according to Burton, was in his apocalyptic vision of the devastation caused by a rise in sea levels caused by melting polar ice caps. Burton wrote that Gore’s predicted 20-foot rise could occur “only after, and over, millennia” and to suggest otherwise “is not in line with the scientific consensus.”
One by one, Gore’s prophecies of doom and those of the climate charlatans he inspired are being exposed as the work of con artists. From the CRU to the IPCC, the climate dominoes are falling one by one. His silence speaks volumes.
Well, Al Gore has officially ended his silence with this oped in (what else) The New York Times. If you were hoping for him to tone the alarmism down a notch in the wake of Climategate, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This my friends, is what we call “doubling down on teh stupid”:
It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.
Note – the exposition of climate science fraud in what has been dubbed, “Climategate”, is deemed “recent attacks” by Gore… mmmkay…
But what a burden would be lifted! We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands. We could instead celebrate the naysayers who had doggedly persisted in proving that every major National Academy of Sciences report on climate change had simply made a huge mistake.
You know…I do worry about my children and some day, grandchildren’s futures…because of the criminal gang that has taken over the government. These miscreants are happy to use junk science as their pretext to “fundamentally change” the United States (lower living standards, curtail freedoms, and tax us all into oblivion), ostensibly in order to “protect civilization as we know it”.
The burden for me would be lifted if they were all voted out of office…I guess you could say we have a fundamental difference in opinion on this point, because Al Gore says:
“Public officials must rise to this challenge by doing what is required; and the public must demand that they do so — or must replace them.”
See what I mean?
And see if you can guess who he could possibly be referring to, here:
“[C]hanges in America’s political system — including the replacement of newspapers and magazines by television as the dominant medium of communication — conferred powerful advantages on wealthy advocates of unrestrained markets and weakened advocates of legal and regulatory reforms. Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. And as in times past, that has proved to be a potent drug in the veins of the body politic. Their most consistent theme is to label as “socialist” any proposal to reform exploitive behavior in the marketplace.”
Paging Glenn Beck…
I don’t remember calling Bush’s repeated attempts to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Socialist. But then…Bush isn’t a socialist. Al Gore on the other hand…..doth protest too much.
It goes on and on, in its utterly unconvincing fashion. Read it in full at your own risk…of falling asleep.