Former Vice President Al Gore sounded a defeated tone and lamented the utter failure of the man-made global warming movement during a speech to the Aspen Institute in Colorado on August 4, 2011. Gore used multiple curse words in an emotional speech that revealed his deep frustration and all but conceded defeat to global warming skeptics.
Defeated Gore unleashes: ‘It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word ‘climate’…we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it’ – August 5, 2011 — Audio highlights here & full audio here.
As Climate Depot has noted, a movement that had Al Gore – one of the most divisive political figures -– as the face of the movement, was bound to fail. And a movement that utilized the scandal ridden United Nations – which is massively distrusted by the American people — as the repository of science, was doomed to fail. The movement Gore helped found, is dying scientifically, politically and economically.
Gore Unhinged! Loses it on skeptical claims: ‘They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bullshit! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!” Gore exclaimed’
Gore also compared today’s global warming skeptics to the “evil, evil, evil” tobacco promotion campaigns of decades ago.
Climate Depot’s Point-By-Point Rebuttal to Gore’s Highbrow Scientific Arguments:
Gore Claim: ‘It may be volcanoes.’ Bullshit!’
Reality Check: Gore has not been keeping up on the latest data and peer-reviewed studies. Yes, volcanoes can and do have a big impact on global warming. See:
Flashback 2008 Study: ‘Lack of observed [volcanic] dust in atmosphere could be responsible for as much as .18 to .36 degrees F rise (about 1/3rd) in avg. temp since the 1960s’ — ‘Earth’s atmosphere is comparatively free of volcanic dust, and that relatively large amounts of sunlight are being refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere’
New study in PNAS suggests that the volcanic impact on climate may be significantly underestimated
New NASA paper in peer-reviewed Geophysical Research Letters contradicts Kaufmann et al saying it’s volcanoes, not China coal: ‘Observed trend is mainly driven by a series of moderate but increasingly intense volcanic eruptions’
Gore Claim: ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit!’
Reality Check: Gore simply is trapped in the Co2 or bust mode of thinking. See:
2009 Peer-Reviewed Study: ‘Sunspot cycle has a big effect on the earth’s weather’
Latest 2010 Peer-Research: Solar/Cosmic Rays Combo Is Driving Climate Change, Not Human CO2 Emissions
Indian study shows climate change is probably caused by natural factors: ‘Most of the observed temperature fluctuations could be attributed to cosmic rays’
Flashback Sept. 2009: ‘Sun Sleeps’: Danish Solar Scientist Svensmark declares ‘global warming has stopped and a cooling is beginning…enjoy global warming while it lasts’ — Svensmark called it 2 years ago! Sun is ‘heading towards ‘a grand minimum’ as we saw in Little Ice Age’
Flashback: UN IPCC Global Warming Scandal: ‘Consensus’ on Sun is One Expert — ‘The IPCC relied on evidence supplied by just only one Solar Physicist, Judith Lean, to create their “consensus that solar influence upon the climate was minimal’
Progress! New Scientist permits the sun to join the climate club: Runs an editorial today grudgingly admitting that ‘The sun’s activity has a place in climate science’
Stagnating Temperatures: Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out — Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents. – ‘The fact is that the sun is weakening slightly. Its radiation activity is currently at a minimum, as evidenced by the small number of sunspots on its surface. According to calculations performed by a group of NASA scientists led by David Rind, which were recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, this reduced solar activity is the most important cause of stagnating global warming’
Forget Coal use in China; Warmists now claim the sun has stopped global warming!
Goodbye Sunspots?: Sun may become spotless for decades — ‘a phenomenon that in 17th century coincided with a prolonged period of cooling on Earth’ — ‘Sunspots disappeared almost entirely between 1645 and 1715 during a period called the Maunder Minimum, which coincided with decades of lower-than-normal temperatures in Europe nicknamed the Little Ice Age.’
[Climate Depot note: It is not simply, the sun or Co2 when looking at global temperatures, it is the Sun, volcanoes, tilt of the Earth’s axis, water vapor, methane, clouds, ocean cycles, land use, etc. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, not just CO2. See: UK Professor Emeritus of Biogeography Philip Stott of the University of London explains the crux of the entire global warming debate and rebuts the notion that CO2 is the main climate driver.
“As I have said, over and over again, the fundamental point has always been this: climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically-selected factor (CO2), is as misguided as it gets,” Stott wrote in 2008.]
Gore Claim: ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!’
Reality Check: Gore may want to scream ‘Bullshit’ as his pal, UN IPCC Chair Pachauri who has acknowledged global warming has stopped. Flashback 2008: UN IPCC Chairman Pachauri ‘to look into the apparent temperature plateau so far this century’
Chinese coal blamed for global warming er… cooling: Curry ‘doesn’t find statistical theatrics convincing…There has been no increase in aerosols, either globally or over E. Asia, from 2000-2006’— Prof. Judith Curry: ‘The political consequence of this study seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyway’
A peer-reviewed admission that ‘global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008’
Shock News: Fox News inspired scientist to study why global warming has stopped! Lead researcher Robert Kaufmann ‘inspired by ‘skeptical’ questioning from Fox News viewer — Kaufmann: ‘Two years ago, I gave a talk to a general audience in New Jersey about climate change. And an older gentleman asked me ‘why should I believe in this climate change – I was watching Fox News and they said the Earth’s temperature hasn’t changed in 10 years and has actually gone down’. So I went back and checked the data and found that was just about right’
Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl: ‘Did Chinese coal cause the cooling since 1998?’ ‘It still shows how incredibly shaky contemporary would-be ‘mainstream’ opinions about climate drivers are’ — Motl: ‘Suddenly, an old Gentleman who watches Fox News is primary cause of a paper that explains away a whole decade of warming by a previously neglected mechanism…the idea that warming predictions failed because of the Chinese coal is just a random guess, one among hundreds of possible explanations…Why don’t those people honestly admit that they simply have no clue what was happening since 1998 and what will be happening before 2020, 2030, or 2100?’
Oh My! 2010 tied for ‘hottest’ year?! Relax, it is ‘purely a political statement’ — Even NASA’s Hansen admits it is ‘not particularly important’ — Prof. mocks ‘hottest decade’ claim as ‘a joke’ — ‘Claims based on year-to-year temperature data that differs by only a few HUNDREDTHS of a degree’
Gore Claim: “Gore recalled how not long ago tobacco giants “succeeded in delaying the implementation of the surgeon general’s report for 40 years – 40 years! In every one of those 40 years the average number of Americans killed by cigarettes each year exceeded the total number of Americans killed in all of World War II: 450,000 per year. My sister was one of them. … It was evil, evil, evil.” The model of media manipulation used then, Gore said, “was transported whole cloth into the climate debate.
Reality Check: It is climate fear promoters like Gore who mimic tobacco industry tactics. Like the tobacco industry, [Warmists’] campaigns have: ‘Manufactured uncertainty and fear by stridently proclaiming certainty and consensus based on dubious and uncertain modeled results predicting disastrous consequences of a warmer climate’
In addition, Gore and the global warming movement are lavishly funded. See: 2009: Climate Depot Report on Gore’s path to become the first ‘Carbon Billionaire’
Defeated Gore unleashes: ‘It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word ‘climate’…we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it’ — Gore: ‘They have polluted it to the point where we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it’
Gore laments his failure: ‘When you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you the same crap over and over and over again’ — Gore: ‘There’s no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened. People have no idea! And yet our ability to actually come to a shared reality that emphasizes the best evidence.’
Flashback 2008: Gore laments climate efforts: ‘I’ve failed badly’
Democrat Walter Russell Mead analyzes Gore: Gore steered the green movement ‘into a tsunami of defeat that…will loom as one of the greatest failures of civil society in all time’
Note: Other Dems have ran from using words climate and cap-and-trade: War is Peace: Sen. Reid: ‘We don’t use the word ‘cap-and-trade’. That’s something that’s been deleted from my dictionary’ — Sen. Kerry: ‘I don’t know what ‘cap and trade’ means. I don’t think the average American does. This is not a cap-and-trade bill, it’s a pollution reduction bill’
Climate Depot on Gore: ‘He’s presiding over the greatest collapse of a modern environmental movement in history, and this is what he has now — 24 hours to try to regenerate it and start over’ — Morano on Gore: ‘He thought he was on the winning side of science and history. And now, in 2011, he raises the white flag and says basically, ‘I have to start all over. We’ve have failed’ — ‘He’s morphed the movement into extreme weather because this is a much easier case for them to emotionally make…now, every time there’s a hurricane, a tornado, a flood, a drought [or] a heat wave, they can just say, ‘Ha, ha — further proof of manmade global warming’
Climate Depot’s Morano: ‘A movement that had Al Gore – one of the most divisive political figures -– as the face of the movement, was bound to fail’ — ‘A movement that utilized the scandal ridden United Nations – which is massively distrusted by the American people — as the repository of science, was doomed to fail’
Climate Depot Comment: ‘This is psychologically healthy development for Gore. He needs to face the reality that despite his film, an Oscar, a Nobel, a compliant shoddy news media despite the UN, Hollywood, untold tens of billions of dollars spent, propaganda directed at school kids, and twisted science – the movement Gore helped found, is dying scientifically, politically and economically. It is time to celebrate the utter and complete failure of the sub-prime science of man-made global warming.’