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Do You Agree with Al Gore's Rant About Anti-Global Warming "Pseudoscience"?

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One of the reasons a lot of pundits said former Vice President Al Gore could never seal the deal against George W. Bush was that he came off too soft, too nice, and with not enough of the eye of the tiger to lead the nation.

Well, someone appears to have slipped some tiger's blood into the newly-single Gore's coffee, because he went on an epic rant last Thursday at the Aspen Institute about global warming critics.

He said climate change deniers are "washing back at you the same crap over and over and over again. There's no longer a shared reality ... It's no longer acceptable in mixed company -- meaning bipartisan company -- to use the goddamn word 'climate.'"

He wasn't done, either, adding, "And some of the exact same people — I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bulls---! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bulls---! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bulls---!"

That rant inspired another one from a member of the Yahoo! Contributor network, Mark Whittington, who penned an essay entitled, "Al Gore's Rant Shows the Arrogant, Petulant and Defiant Attitude of Global Warming Hysterics."

Whittington writes that Gore's speech showed not only how serious the VP is about global warming, but also his attitude toward those who "disagree with his view that it exists and is a problem."

"People like Gore do not like to engage the arguments of people who suggest there is less than meets the eye to 'global warming' or 'climate change' or whatever that thing that concerns them is called this week," Whittington wrote. "In their minds there are the people who believe in global warming-God's children-and those who do not-the spawn of Beelzebub."

He said Gore's tirade was mostly harmless, though it reminded him that "this man" was about 500 or so votes away from becoming President.

"The arrogant, petulant and defiant attitude of global warming hysterics like Gore can be dangerous when coupled with real power," he added. "It is not just the tendency to label climate change critics as 'deniers' placing them in the same category as Nazi Holocaust deniers. It can lead to corruption and policies that can wreck the lives of tens of millions of people."

(A survey of peer-reviewed abstracts on the subject of global climate change published between 1993-2003 found that not a single one rejected the consensus position that global warming is man-caused.)

Whittington himself goes on to rant against the EPA's new "draconian" regulations that require industries to curb carbon dioxide emissions "at great expense that will be passed along to the consumers," and claim that the Obama administration's restriction of oil and gas production and coal mining is exacerbating the current recession. (The New York Times reported in May that the administration has actually sped up oil and gas drilling in the U.S.)
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  • kim 2011/10/16 20:48:02
    Yes
    kim
    VP Al Gore, has an issue, he should be heard. he is just one of many willing to see ahead and help equal out the man made increases, changes to enviroment. keeping levels safe. when you decrease toxic particals, the out come is lives saved.
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2011/09/12 16:05:44
    Yes
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    Granted, I am sane.
  • Welshtaff 2011/09/11 01:00:25
    No
    Welshtaff
    The man is a total idiot total idiot Al Gores house lit up
  • CHIEF 2011/09/09 15:13:09
    No
    CHIEF
    Crops fail here,welfare food.famine in Africa Europe doing no better Asia recovering from quakes floods an winds.all to reduce human population.F. Maya crap! History is going on NOW
  • 4dc 2011/08/27 16:11:07
    No
    4dc
    no...he's a hypocrite and a hypocrite
  • truthman 2011/08/23 06:48:15
    No
    truthman
    +1
    You know, it really cracks me up when people like Gore will go and protest something like, say drilling for oil. They hop in their oil ,and gas burning vehicle and haul ass to the protest, then hurry back home and turn on their Heat or Air Condtition, flip the light switch on and kick back in the easy chair and revel in what a good job they did that day. I forgot, Al has a jet too and he aint afraid to use it.
  • 4dc truthman 2011/08/27 16:09:41
    4dc
    how about his little jaunts on a "luxury private jet"
    jaunts luxury private jet

    If we were to calculate the amount of carbon emitted from Al Gore's trip from Nashville to San Francisco, it would be 45,000 pounds of carbon. From Camarillo to San Fransico [sic], it would be 10,000 pounds of carbon, for a total of 55,000 pounds of carbon.

    Notably the average car emits .916 lbs. of CO2/ gallon vs. Al Gore's 21 lbs. of CO2/gallon in his jet. So for the amount of carbon and gasoline that Al Gore emitted, the average family could travel back and forth from Nashville to San Francisco in a Station Wagon 15 times
  • Wayne 2011/08/17 05:41:00
    Yes
    Wayne
    Ever since he exposed man bear pig, I agree with everything he says. He's a god!
    exposed bear pig god man bear pig
  • uguess 2011/08/16 14:44:39
    No
    uguess
    he is a NUT, making money off of Stupidity ! and emotion.. He is a preacher ! of the worst kind, running on peoples uneducated emotions and picking their pockets at the same time. This is a CON JOB of international proportion. He is a scammer, His own home uses enough energy to light up a small town !! He is the poster child of the rich taking advantage of the uneducated masses and putting himself as leader, rich leader at that.
  • xscd 2011/08/14 17:29:37
    Yes
    xscd
    Wow. I can't believe that anti-Gore hysteric Whittington nailed it when he wrote: "... there are the people who believe in global warming--God's children-and those who do not--the spawn of Beelzebub."

    How right he is! Now if he would just get down off his right-wing, hysterical anti-global-warming soapbox, take a deep breath, and begin to question why he froths at the mouth any time someone asserts that science trumps ideology, even if it is a cherished right-wing ideology, and that scientific facts and well-reasoned theories about climate change don't constitute a "global socialist plot" to--well, to do whatever a global socialist plot is supposed to do.
  • Orion20036 2011/08/14 15:26:40
    Yes
    Orion20036
    I do believe that we are going through a phase of global warming, and not just because of Al Gore. Our pollution is a major concern, but not just the pollution that is causing the problem, every planet in our solar system is heating up, check it out.
  • gayle1965 Orion20036 2011/09/25 14:28:02
    gayle1965
    Thank you!! It is nice to see someone on here with a brain!!! Global warming is going on right now thanks to all the companies who allow it because they fund the republicans!! Have you not seen the pics of the polar bears or seals all on one smal piece of ice trying to survive??? Why are we having floods, earthquakes, hurricanes 3 times worse than ever before?? Read the propheties!! God is sick of man ruining his earth!!! Wake Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
  • iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~ 2011/08/14 08:29:24
    Yes
    iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~
    +2
    I view it more as Al Gore agreeing with me though.
  • Todd *RP 2012* 2011/08/13 06:45:11
    No
    Todd *RP 2012*
    +1
    not that they're not getting research grants to prove GW, NASA's jumped off the GW bus.
    Remember Climategate, anyone? Proof of deliberate manipulation of data to produce desired results!
    Anyone with any scientific background can look at the model parameters and tell they are Bad Science.

    no model that supports man-made CO2 as the hinge of GW is regressive; none of them can be used to accurately model previous climate/meteorological conditions.
  • Icarus Todd *R... 2011/08/13 23:32:41
    Icarus
    Hansen's 1981 projections are still remarkably accurate today -

    hansens 1981 projections remarkably accurate

    ... and today's models successfully reproduce over 100 years of climate observations -

    projections remarkably accurate models reproduce 100 years climate observations

    So you're mistaken in thinking that the models are 'bad science'. They can certainly be improved, but they do a pretty good job already.
  • Califor... Icarus 2011/08/14 06:04:31
    California Jones
    You can make a model do whatever you want.
  • Icarus Califor... 2011/08/14 13:26:53 (edited)
    Icarus
    Of course, that's the whole point. You model your physical understanding of the climate system, then give it the existing observational data (of solar irradiance, volcanic activity, greenhouse gases and so on), and see how well it reproduces the existing climate record. This is called 'hindcasting', and it's what you see in the second graph above - the model reproduces the observations of global temperature very well, which encourages us to think that the physical understanding is pretty accurate.

    Then you do projections of future climate, based on various different scenarios of future anthropogenic influences (e.g. whether we have continuing rapid increase of fossil fuel combustion, or manage to aggressively replace them with carbon-neutral alternatives). That's what you see in the first graph above. As it turns out, Dr. Hansen's projections from 30 years ago have proven to be remarkably accurate, which suggests that his modelling has some skill in reproducing reality, and that the underlying physical understanding of the climate system is accurate.

    Do you know any climate science deniers who have been correctly predicting global climate for 30 years? I sure don't. That's because their professed understanding of the climate system is wrong, whereas the climate scientists are right (or at least, a lot better than the deniers).
  • Califor... Icarus 2011/08/15 08:42:53
    California Jones
    And make up WHATEVER the people who FUND you want.
  • Icarus Califor... 2011/08/15 09:39:27
    Icarus
    You obviously didn't understand what I just wrote. Hansen's projections have been proven right by at least 30 years of observations. Do you know any climate science deniers who have been correctly predicting global climate for 30 years? I sure don't.
  • Califor... Icarus 2011/08/15 10:13:42
    California Jones
    Hansen is a LIAR.
  • Icarus Califor... 2011/08/15 10:41:28 (edited)
    Icarus
    He's been proven correct by at least 30 years of observations.


    proven correct 30 years observations
  • American☆Atheist 2011/08/13 06:08:33
    Yes
    American☆Atheist
    +1
    once again, SH is catering to the right-wing.
  • Califor... America... 2011/08/14 06:05:10
    California Jones
    Then go away if you don't like it. Start your OWN moonbat athie moron site.
  • America... Califor... 2011/08/14 06:31:00
    American☆Atheist
    +1
    athie moron is an oxymoron.
  • Califor... America... 2011/08/14 06:35:07
    California Jones
    You're ALL morons.
  • Roger47 2011/08/13 05:02:41
    No
    Roger47
    +2
    We are the only developed country in the world with a high percentage of people who do not believe in science. We look like idiots to much of the rest of the world. because talk radio hosts and right wing politicians have found they grow in popularity if they tell us lies and say there is no need to make changes. We are too selfish to make sacrifices.
  • Icarus Roger47 2011/08/13 23:29:37
    Icarus
    +1
    Spot on.
  • Califor... Icarus 2011/08/14 06:11:43
    California Jones
    Spot OFF.
  • Icarus Califor... 2011/08/14 13:37:56
    Icarus
    +1
    No, he's right actually. You do look like idiots to much of the rest of the world.
  • Califor... Icarus 2011/08/15 08:43:41
    California Jones
    No we don't. Only to moonbat eco-commie Gorefish.
  • Icarus Califor... 2011/08/15 09:39:52
    Icarus
    I'm sorry to say that you do.
  • Califor... Roger47 2011/08/14 06:08:25 (edited)
  • SmithBandit 2011/08/12 17:09:03
    No
    SmithBandit
    +1
    If global warming exists, it's Al's fault for spewing out all that hot air!
  • gayle1965 SmithBa... 2011/09/25 14:31:06
    gayle1965
    You are an IDIOT
  • SmithBa... gayle1965 2011/09/25 22:13:07
    SmithBandit
    And you are some old lady without an open mind or a sense of humor
  • OneLastWord 2011/08/12 16:24:04
    No
    OneLastWord
    +4
    He is a liberal science plagiarist and fake.

    Ask him why the polar ice caps on Mars are melting? No green house gases up there.

    Been happing for 50 so years.

    Think about the Sun going theough solar changes.

    Did you see that Solar Flare this week on the news from our Sun? (big news). It was said by Garrard Labs if it had been aimed at the earth (flair went east into space looking at the Sun) we would have been slammed with all kinds of atomically charged particles maybe causing polar and electrical problems here on Earth.

    Gore, go invent another internet.
  • Marvelous Wildfire 2011/08/12 16:23:59
    No
    Marvelous Wildfire
    +1
    If Al and 2,000,000 of his supporters "Truly Believe" that "2 plus 2 is 15!"
    That does NOT make it "an indisputable fact!", it only makes them WRONG.

    The reason "Outta Balance Al" lost against Bush, was because Gore is an uneducated idiot. (Attending a prestigious University, being accepted only because your daddy was a powerful politician, doesn't make you educated.)
    Was what Gore did get for an education, in climetology? No.
    If Bush had really been serious about winning the election, he would have bought air-time and simply read Gore's book to the American people.

    Look at the list of Al's "Exspurts": How many were strong supporters of the first "Earth Day"? How many of those same experts told us that the threat was "indisputeable" then?
    And what was that theme?
    "Global Cooling"!

    Al's simply a hipocrytical idiot, and I'm being kind.
  • Stephen Davis 2011/08/12 16:03:19
    Yes
    Stephen Davis
    +2
    All you need to know about this debate is in the comments section here. The scientific community and their peer-review process hold no influence over people like this. It's a depressing indictment of America. We've become a nation of know-nothings. As a result, we cannot even have a rational discussion about the scientific consensus.

    We have comments in here about the size of Al Gore's ass. We have comments in here about sun activity being the cause of warming inferring that the people researching this topic for the last 40 years forgot to include that in their analysis. This was all fabricated nonsense slipped into the unsuspecting media by the stakeholders of the status quo. The media gave credence to the notion that there was debate in the scientific community long after it was over and continues to do so.

    Then, of course, came Fox News. An outlet that will simply attack as 'hysteria' anyone that dares to suggest the problem is real. There is an entire segment of our nation today that literally receives their opinion marching orders from this source alone and considers it their patriotic duty to accept them.

    Want the extreme right to abandon their skepticism (and simultaneously prove my point)? Get the IPCC to issue a statement that the solution to global...

    All you need to know about this debate is in the comments section here. The scientific community and their peer-review process hold no influence over people like this. It's a depressing indictment of America. We've become a nation of know-nothings. As a result, we cannot even have a rational discussion about the scientific consensus.

    We have comments in here about the size of Al Gore's ass. We have comments in here about sun activity being the cause of warming inferring that the people researching this topic for the last 40 years forgot to include that in their analysis. This was all fabricated nonsense slipped into the unsuspecting media by the stakeholders of the status quo. The media gave credence to the notion that there was debate in the scientific community long after it was over and continues to do so.

    Then, of course, came Fox News. An outlet that will simply attack as 'hysteria' anyone that dares to suggest the problem is real. There is an entire segment of our nation today that literally receives their opinion marching orders from this source alone and considers it their patriotic duty to accept them.

    Want the extreme right to abandon their skepticism (and simultaneously prove my point)? Get the IPCC to issue a statement that the solution to global warming is to cut taxes and eliminate all government regulations and programs and start drilling in ANWR. Within seconds, new opinions will form at Exxon and Koch Industries. These new opinions will then flow into the living room of every family that pipes in Fox News 24/7. Within DAYS, you'll have a tsunami of support for the 'science.' Every Tea Bagger you ever met will be demanding action on this existential issue in the name of their grandchildren's environmental birthright.

    We could let this go on for a month or so. Then we hit them with it. It was a hoax.
    (more)
  • OneLast... Stephen... 2011/08/12 16:39:08
    OneLastWord
    +3
    He is a liberal, science plagiarist, and fake.

    Ask him why the polar ice caps on Mars are melting? No green house gases up there.

    Been happing slowly for 50 so years. This from A PHD astronomer Dr Fishwick

    Think about the Sun going theough solar changes.

    Did you see that Solar Flare this week on the news coming from our Sun? (big news).

    It was said by Garrard Labs if it had been aimed at the earth (flair went east into space looking at the Sun) we would have been slammed with all kinds of atomically charged particles, maybe causing polar and electrical problems here on Earth.
  • Icarus Stephen... 2011/08/13 23:36:12
    Icarus
    Wow, very well said.
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