AL GORE PREDICTS END OF CIVILIZATION: Former Vice President and the failed presidential candidate (still stings, doesn't it Al?) who couldn't even carry his home state is globetrotting all over the world pimping his new movie about global warming. It's called "An Inconvenient Truth" and is based on Gore's rantings about the environment. Anyway, at a speech the other day in the UK, Gore made his most dire prediction to date: he called global warming a "danger which could bring the end of civilization."
That's right, Al Gore has predicted the end of the world. Global warming is now such a pressing issue that if we don't do something soon, we're all going to die. Maybe we'll die in hurricanes! Gore says that these nasty hurricanes of late are all the fault of global warming. Yeah … they're all due to the one degree rise in the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean waters off the Western coast of Africa. Now never mind that this one degree rise could, according to scientists, only account for a 10% increase in a hurricane's winds. That would take a 120 mph wind and raise it to 132 mph. Oh yeah, we're all gonna die! And never mind that the technology used to measure those waters off the African coast was so antiquated that the data itself is in question. We just must take it as an article of faith that all that is bad with the weather anywhere in the world is due to global warming. Al Gore says so.
Now does Al Gore really want an "inconvenient truth?' How about this one, Al. The sun is hotter! That's right, the sun has been burning brighter and hotter for the last few decades. Now you don't suppose that could have anything to do with the warming of the Earth's atmosphere do you, Al baby?
Now I'm not a scientist, but the theories (and after all, all these posturings are nothing but theories) that dear Mother Earth is in a typical warming cycle between ice ages makes sense to me. Or the theory that Neal cites above – the sun is warmer, so therefore everything it shines on is warmer. I have never really understood how science can say something happened 15000 years ago or a million years ago. They still don't have a definitive answer on why the dinosaurs disappeared. So how can they be sooooo sure that the global greenhouse effect is caused by OUR emissions and not THEIR own hot air?
While we're on the subject of vaporous science, I'd like to tout my next new invention idea. (Aside: I had the idea on Memorial Day, while I was trying to watch war movies about real American Heroes on AMC. Every dang commercial was for The Last Samurai – Tom's Cruise's greasy hair blowing in the wind, like a midget Fabian in a shabby Power Ranger suit.) It's a TV remote you can program to blank out particularly offensive images. Like Tom Cruise.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more.
In the same interview, Gore waxes political. Like Ann Coulter says, Lefties can't debate, they just name call.
Denying that his politics have shifted to the left since he lost the court battle for the 2000 election, Mr Gore says: "If you have a renegade band of rightwing extremists who get hold of power, the whole thing goes to the right." […]
It is significant, however, that Mr Gore refuses to go beyond saying that he has no "plans" for such a campaign. "I haven't made a Shermanesque statement because it just seems odd to do so," he has said – a reference to the famous announcement by the civil war general William Sherman, who unequivocally refused to stand in the election of 1884. "If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve," General Sherman said.
If he really was thinking about running again, he just lost Georgia.
UPDATE II: Via Boortz, Gore Global Warming Goose-Steppers are staging a 37 hour protest at the NOAA offices in Maryland today. Seems the hurricane scientists disagree with Gore's little film project. That, Neal says
…is blasphemy to the religion of environmentalism.
UPDATE III: AP has a set of interactive tools that tracks 150 years of hurricanes and simulates the damage at each category. Very cool.
UPDATE IV: ATB weighs in:
My choice in what to believe? What the best course of action for our children's future should be? I like Amory B. Lovins' approach and I am impressed by his track record. The difference between him and Gore is that he calmly provides the answers at the grass roots level. Gore is busy standing on a soap box preaching to the masses and politicizing, which will probably do more harm than good as it further politicizes the issue and consequently polarizes it even more than it already is.