Monday, June 25, 2007

Gore the Scientist

From the Independent:

In an extraordinary outburst aimed at America's failure to tackle global warming, Al Gore says that if scientific agreement on the climate crisis had been reached sooner it would have been easier to "galvanise the public and persuade Congress to act".

So, scientists should ignore the scientific method and run with half baked theories in order to “galvanize the public” to act on “problems” that they haven’t proven to be problems yet? Is that reasonable? As soon as they get the word from Gore scientists have to immediately pronounce it as scientific fact?

The failed presidential candidate claims that the stronger scientific consensus he knew was about to emerge meant "we in the US were about to shift into high gear in addressing the climate crisis". Mr Gore argues that if he had made it to the White House, he would have been able to use the office as a "bully pulpit" to achieve change.

So, it’s the president’s job to hector scientists until they agree with his position? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? This guy wrote a book called “The Assault on Reason?”

The point of no return will be reached within 10 years, the former vice president says, and we cannot wait any longer to solve the crisis. He blames a focus on instant gratification for the "exclusion of long-term consequences in our decisions and policies" and writes about his "mission of solving the climate crisis". His Oscar-winning documentary on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, became the surprise box-office hit of 2006.

Isn’t Gore, a man with the carbon footprint of Godzilla, too embarrassed to bitch about our instant gratification society? He flies all over the place, he lives in a home that uses twenty times more energy than the average American’s, and yet he lectures us. The hypocrisy is nauseating.

Mr Gore claims that concerns over the environment formed his "principal agenda for eight years in the White House".

Ok, he spent all that time, eight years, working on this issue. What did he accomplish?

During his tenure as vice president, America's carbon dioxide emissions shot up far faster than at any time in modern history - by 15 per cent, compared to just 1.65 per cent during President Bush's first term

And he wants to be elected president (or so rumors say) based on his record with the environment? Wow.

Sean adds: I blame Global War-mongering/warmening for my burnt-to-a-crisp legs! That damned sun is getting hotter! Let's protest the weather!

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