Al Gore’s manmade disaster remains a monument to arrogance, folly, and hypocrisy.
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Gore tells us so in the film. He said, “We are still, by far, the worst contributor to the problem.” Why can’t Americans be more like the Chinese he asks? For example, he claims they build more efficient automobiles and “Chinese scientists are right on the cutting edge” in environmental matters. Maybe Gore has confused East German and Chinese automobile ingenuity.
In his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, the basis of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore fell back on his Malthusian beliefs that there are far too many people for a healthy world to support. “[W]e have been producing increasing quantities of CO2 , and we are now dumping vast amounts of into the global atmosphere,” he wrote. Gore then reminded us that the “human lung inhales oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide, and the engines of civilization have, in effect, automated the process of breathing.” (No matter how many times I read that statement I have no idea what it means.)
He reinforces this point in the film by emphasizing that population growth places profound pressures on the planet. Surprisingly, he did not plug the Chinese’s one-child per family rule as another brilliant advancement by the Asian nation.
I heard the phrase “global warmingt; (or “manmade global warming”) in An Inconvenient Truth on 24 occasions. “Climate change”? Not so much. In fact, I only heard the phrase twice. Even if I missed a “global warming” here or a “climate change” there the fact-of-the-natter is the film is all about global warming. Score one for my memory and zero for the revisionists.
While watching the film, one has to practice (in the words of Hillary Clinton) the “willing suspension of disbelief” in order to accept many of Gore’s claims and the nexus he insists is between world events and manmade global warming. For instance, he says, “Global warming not only paradoxically causes more flooding but also more drought.” He argues global warming will cause drought in one region and flooding in a neighboring region. Huh?
He asserts polar bears are an endangered species. They aren’t. And he states, “Within the decade there will be no more snows of [Mount] Kilimanjaro.” The blame rests with manmade global warming he claims. But this isn’t true either. Kilimanjaro’s mountaintop temperatures never rise above freezing. The ice pack is not melting away due to increased temperatures but is disappearing due to sublimation in which frozen ice converts directly into water vapor. This is caused by solar radiation. And it has been occurring for more than a century or about 125 years before I bought my SUV.
Gore claims an increase in mosquitoes is due to manmade global warming but he conveniently ignores that worldwide bans, led by American environmentalists, against the very effective mosquito-killing insecticide DDT most likely played the largest role in increased mosquito populations.
He recounts a trip to the Antarctic where a researcher shows him an ice core sample from a glacier and then points to the exact spot in the sample that coincided with date of when the U.S. Congress passed the 1963 Clean Air Act. As he explained in Earth, “[E]ven a small reduction in one country’s emissions had changed the amount of pollution found in the remotest and least accessible place on earth.” Really?
There are dozens of other errors, misstatements of fact, and bizarre claims in An Inconvenient Truth, which makes the film title even funnier when one thinks about it.
In the film, Gore appears to be just as focused on resurrecting his moribund political career as he is on spreading his alarmism regarding manmade global warming. His opening on-camera statement is, “I am Al Gore. I used to be the next President of the United States.” One doesn’t get the sense this was delivered Rodney Dangerfield-like in that “I don’t get no respect” vein that is intended to elicit belly laughs.
The film includes clips of network news announcements that Gore won the 2000 Florida vote followed by Florida election officials examining dimpled and hanging chads from punch card ballots. Liberals still whine that the U.S. Supreme Court stole election victory away from Gore and gave it to George W. Bush even though a gaggle of liberal newspapers reluctantly reported that ballot recounts firmly gave Bush more votes than Gore.
The film does carry Gore’s statesman-like comment that he eventually accepted the high court’s ruling in Bush v. Gore. “While I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. I accept the finality of this outcome,” he said.
Still, Gore delivers slights and tosses insults at Bush and other prominent Republicans including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). (Inhofe is a leading Congressional skeptic of manmade global warming claims.) Gore portrays a grade school science teacher as bordering on incompetent and then adds, “The teacher went on to become the science adviser in the current [Bush] administration.”
He alleges Bush broke a campaign promise to combat a cause of global warming. “In 2000, my opponent pledged to regulate CO2 and that was not a pledge that was kept.”
Gore disciples might experience a case of déjà vu over that statement. In Earth, Gore made an identical claim but that time it was directed against the first President Bush. “George Bush declared in one speech that he would, if elected, exercise leadership on global warming and ‘confront the greenhouse effect with the White House effect.’ It was, as we now know, an empty promise.”
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