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Archive for July, 2017

Al Gore Changes Climate Goalposts

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 25, 2017

Former Vice President Al Gore is one poster child of what’s wrong with Washington.  After being a career politician, Gore became very wealthy, including a stint with investment bankers Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.  He is reportedly worth in excess of $100 million and owns mansions, as well as flies in private jets.  Not a bad gig for a public servant.

Gore has not been shy about tooting his own horn.  During a 1999 interview, Gore took credit for the development of the Internet stating: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

Gore is most known for his positions on man-made global warming and climate change.  In 2006 he released the famous documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”.  It included bold predictions of imminent worldwide calamities due to climate change, stating that, “the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years” without worldwide “drastic measures” significantly diminish man-made global warming.  Given we are 11 years post Gore’s prediction, it is reasonable to ask where he went wrong.  Certainly the world has not taken drastic measures.  At best, there have been baby steps.  Therefore, either we have not yet reached the point of no return, meaning Gore was wrong, or we have passed the point of no return and further corrective actions will be ineffective.

Gore, like most Progressives who promise to save the world from imminent catastrophes, is unrepentant by his failed prediction.  He is releasing a sequel titled “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

During a promotion for the sequel, Gore was asked in an interview: “Looking back on that prediction, why did you make the prediction at the time and are you making a new one right now given the current circumstances?”  While his answer was evasive, video below, it was also telling when he said: “Well, first of all, we’ve seen a lot of progress since the first movie came out.  We have the Paris agreement now.  The cost of renewable energy has come down so quickly that people are switching over.  Unfortunately, some elements of the Earth system have crossed a point of no return.”  First he claims some nebulous progress and then moves the goalpost by of creating multiple points of no return.

Irrespective of where one stands on the theory man-made global warming, it is evident that what Gore promotes is not science, but a neo-religious movement.  The fact that he is become wealthy off of these efforts and is a huge user of carbon-based energy, indicates a charlatan.

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