Al Gore


Matt Patterson notes Al Gore’s shrinking influence in the Washington Times Post:

The fortunes of Mr. Gore’s global-warming crusade certainly are in decline: A recent Rasmussen poll found that just 34 percent of respondents “feel human activity is the main contributor” to global warming and that the percentage of those who consider global warming a “serious issue” has “trended down slightly since last November.”

Mr. Gore himself is to blame for at least some of the public backlash against global-warming orthodoxy: Using bad science to justify bad policy will inevitably rub people the wrong way. And Mr. Gore has not helped his cause by consistently expressing outrageous falsehoods (“the debate is over”) and shamelessly trying to shield his assertions from legitimate criticism by claiming “settled science.” All the while, he has enriched himself and pushed a left-wing economic agenda.

Do Nobel Prizes come with a best before date?

 

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…sexual predator?

Update: There’s more.

Police in Portland, Ore., are reopening an investigation over allegations that former Vice President Al Gore fondled a masseuse in a hotel in 2006.

The city’s Police Bureau disclosed the move in a brief statement Wednesday, but did not explain the decision to reopen the investigation. The police said they would not comment further.

Allegations in the case were described by the National Enquirer last week. After the article was published, the Police Bureau said it “does not consider this an ongoing investigation unless new evidence is received in this case.”

The Enquirer followed up with more details this week, stating among other things that the masseuse has hotel video footage and DNA evidence that could be used in the investigation.

My daughter recently wrote her grade 10 science exam. One of the questions went something like this:

Your friend is sceptical about global warming. How would you convince him/her that global warming is a serious problem?

Unfortunately, a high school science exam is not the place to challenge authority. To pass, you have no choice but to dish it back to them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make fun of the earnestness of your teachers and Al Gore on your own time.

Wow! The mainstream media is waking up.

The greatest scandal connected to global warming is not exaggeration, fraud or destruction of data to conceal the weakness of the argument. It is those who are personally profiting from promoting this fantasy at the expense of the rest of us.

Al Gore is the most visible beneficiary. The world’s greatest climate-change fear-monger has amassed millions in book sales and speaking fees. His science-fiction movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” won an Academy Award for best documentary and 21 other film awards. He was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his “efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Gore was laying his own foundations. As he was whipping up hysteria over climate change, he cannily invested in “green” firms that stood to profit in the hundreds of millions of dollars (if not more) from increased government regulations and sweetheart deals from connected politicians and bureaucrats. The multimillionaire climate dilettante was given a free pass by reporters, who refused to ask him hard questions about the degree to which he was profiting from the panic he was causing.

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Given the clear conflicts of interest of those who both promote and profit from climate-change alarmism, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize should be rescinded.

Is the Nobel Foundation listening?

I don’t wanna be taxed just for breathing…

ht: five feet of fury

Al Gore’s self-serving advocacy has always irked me. Now, even the New York Times is on to him.

Silver Spring Networks is a foot soldier in the global green energy revolution Mr. Gore hopes to lead. Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of global warming and the need to reinvent the way the world produces and consumes energy. And few have put as much money behind their advocacy as Mr. Gore and are as well positioned to profit from this green transformation, if and when it comes.

Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming skeptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire,” profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.

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Mr. Gore has invested a significant portion of the tens of millions of dollars he has earned since leaving government in 2001 in a broad array of environmentally friendly energy and technology business ventures, like carbon trading markets, solar cells and waterless urinals.

 

A lie from the mouth of a child is still a lie.

A provocative public awareness campaign is hitting the streets in 20 hotly contested federal ridings, urging voters to pressure the Harper government to do more to fight climate change on the eve of a major international summit in Copenhagen.

The campaign is spearheaded by several environmental groups that have analyzed election results to identify key neighbourhoods inside the ridings in Ontario and Quebec. They are also targeting young families with radio ads that feature a child who uses some colourful language to ask why parents aren’t doing more on climate change.

“Rising sea levels, scarier storms, famine and war. I mean, holy ship,” says the child in radio ads that will start airing on Tuesday in the federal battleground regions of Kitchener, Waterloo and London.

Despite restrictions on misleading advertising, such deception is apparently exempt from the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards. The environmental organizations that sponsor this drivel are in good company. After all,  the truth never stopped Al Gore.

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