On Wednesday, a gun-wielding, bomb-toting eco-terrorist -- who claimed to have been "awakened" by Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth -- was shot and killed by police after holding several people hostage inside the Discovery Channel headquarters in Maryland.
Sadly, it's not the first incident of someone going berserk after taking in Gore's work.
This time, it was Jason Jay Lee. In a manifesto posted online, Lee stated, "Focus must be given on how people can live without giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution." He also declared we must "[f]ind solutions for global warming, automotive pollution, international trade, factory pollution, and ... the destruction of the planet!"
Lee's rant sounds similar to other eco-screeds that surfaced in the nineties. One uttered that the "assault on the earth is breathtaking, and the horrific consequences are occurring so quickly as to defy our capacity to recognize them, comprehend their global implications, and organize an appropriate and timely response. Isolated pockets of resistance fighters who have experienced this juggernaut at first hand have begun to fight back in inspiring but, in the final analysis, woefully inadequate ways."
Still another warned, "One of the effects of the intrusion of industrial society has been that over much of the world traditional controls on population have been thrown out of balance. Hence the population explosion, with all that it implies ... No one knows what will happen as a result of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and other environmental problems that cannot yet be foreseen."
The first eco-screed noted above was written by Al Gore in his book, Earth In The Balance. The latter was typed in a 120-square-foot Montana shack by Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber. Also found in Kaczynski's hovel: a copy of Earth In The Balance.
Kaczynski apparently was quite taken by Al Gore's missive. His copy of Earth In The Balance was dog-eared, underlined, marked, and well-worn. He obviously saw himself as some sort of "resistance" fighter.
Kaczynski terrorized the nation for seventeen years, killing three people and wounding 22 with his mail-bombs. But it could have been much worse. He managed to sneak a bomb onto American Airlines Flight 444 from Chicago to Washington, D.C. It exploded but caused only a small fire; otherwise, the Boeing 747 passenger jet might have fallen out of the sky on Nov. 15, 1979, killing all aboard. From his cabin in the Montana woods, the reclusive mathematician anonymously sent out bomb after bomb, followed by letter after letter haranguing victims who had survived his attacks and taunting the media.
Kaczynski was finally arrested in 1996, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.
As I prove in my book, Climategate, Al Gore's writings, films, slideshows, and speeches are filled with deception. And the scam he spews is scary stuff -- so scary that many who believe it to be gospel are often compelled to take action. For some, the action entails buying a hybrid vehicle they don't need or can't afford. For others, like singer Sheryl Crow, it means using one square of toilet paper at a time -- to reduce thy carbon footprint.
For others, like Jason Jay Lee, it resulted in something unthinkable.
But it's not just the wild actions some employ in responding to Gore's continual message that the earth has a fever and it's mankind's fault. It's the way innocent children are reacting to Gore's lies.
I can't begin to count the number of people who have contacted me regarding how their children have been frightened to the core by Gore's film. I have a stack of communiqués from parents describing the nightmares their kids have experienced regarding floods, hurricanes, sea-level rise, polar bears drowning -- all caused by cars, air-conditioning, and fireplaces, and all supported with junk science, clever writing, and slick Hollywood graphics.
Al Gore is spewing poison. He needs to be held accountable before some other nut-job decides "to fight back in inspiring but, in the final analysis, woefully inadequate ways."
Brian Sussman is a former television meteorologist and the author of Climategate: a veteran meteorologist exposes the global warming scam. He hosts the morning show on KSFO, 560AM, in San Francisco.