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January 28, 2009
Gore Sings Same Old Song to Sympathetic Senate
Al Gore addressed a friendly Senate Foreign Relations Committee today to help sell both Obama's cap-and-trade plans and American commitment to the pending Copenhagen emissions reduction treaty. Of course, he also retold a number of his formula apocalyptic "tipping-point" horror-stories in an effort to sell himself as still relevant while catapulting his hysterical plans to the top of the national agenda.
He's even come up with a new slogan to help him along the way:
Catchy - and only 33 1/3% pure crapola - which is not bad by Gore standards.
Here's a sample of his reasoning:
Okay, so he hit the ground all Stephen King, but at least he then conceded the existence of a "vicious terrorist network." But of course, in Al's world, there's an elementary common thread to all of our woes and it goes by the atomic number of six. And with it, he wove a torrid tapestry in an attempt to swaddle Obama's economic stimulus package, which he called a "down payment on a new energy future," within his own agenda, opining that:
A little long on petro-drama, but not completely short of truth either - particularly considering Gore's trademark histrionics.
Speaking of which, it didn't take long:
There it was - and most importantly of course - after all, it threatens the very end of human civilization.
The "again just yesterday" referred to was, of course, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which claimed that "changes in surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level are largely irreversible for more than 1,000 years after carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are completely stopped." Wow - so even were alarmists' theories correct, they're asking us to make sacrifices the fruits of which won't be borne for a millennium? On the other hand, if the alarmists are wrong - after all, there's no proof that higher CO2 levels cause higher temperatures - and all of such changes are, indeed, naturally occurring, then wouldn't they still be "largely irreversible" after "emissions are completely stopped?" Either way, does this really support Gore's call for immediate action?
Anyway, were such discussions greenie-approved, the point would be subject to scientific debate. But those he made next would not:
On point the first - Wrong! As we analyzed on Sunday, 59% of Americans are not buying into the hype; global warming now ranks dead last as a national priority.
On the second - Also addressed on Sunday - the number of dissenting international scientists continues to grow, not shrink.
On the third - As the U.S. Senate unanimously voted against Kyoto in 1997, a single vote would represent "much stronger support."
A great quote from Max Bialystock involving a straitjacket comes to mind.
And yet -- what should have been recognized as more sensational showboating from a man desperate to keep both his message and name significant as his clarion fades into the cooling air appeared, instead, to be music to the ears of the committee.
Small wonder -- the team captain was also the top cheerleader. It was hilarious to see how John Kerry (D-MA), when recalling that day back in 1988 when both climate hysteria and its shining star were born, went into overheated imagery overdrive: [my emphasis]
Yet the committee chairman was quick to caution "the naysayers and deniers still out there" that "a little snow in Washington does nothing to diminish the reality of this crisis."
I guess that's what you'd expect from a man waxing nostalgic over Hansen's testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee over 20 years ago where he warned of "unprecedented global warming," and a potential "runaway greenhouse effect." A rant that led to the sensational NY Times headline Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate the following day, and its warning of temperature increases between 2025 and 2050 of as much as 20°F at higher latitudes "if the current pace of the buildup of [greenhouse] gases continues."
Surely, we've heard quite enough from all three of these Greenhouse Gasbags. Unfortunately, they retain the ears of the misled majority of Congress, the President, and his gaggle of greenhouse groupie advisors. And these are the people who claim to hold our economic destiny in their hands.
Is everybody enjoying the "change" so far?