Al Gore and The Climate Debate that Never Happened
Posted Jul 19 2010 8:28am
A Heated Exchange: Al Gore confronts his critic(s), but one critic openly confronts Mr. Gore to a debate!
Revisiting the Climate Debate, 2009.
Never mind that the scientific community is divided over what causes global warming, how bad it is and how to deal with it. Al Gore plays Chicken Little to the media’s applause, insisting that the world is warming dangerously and that he has the solution.
Former Vice President Al Gore repeated his message that climate change is a planetary emergency at the WSJ’s economics conference in California. The Nobel Prize winner declined to take any questions from reporters, but he did receive a couple of challenges from attendees, including Bjorn Lomborg .
Mr. Lomborg, a skeptical Danish environmentalist who thinks the world would be better off spending its money on health and education issues rather than curbing carbon emissions, said to the former vice president, “I don’t mean to corner you, or maybe I do mean to corner you, but would you be willing to have a debate with me on that point?” Gore, as you can imagine, declined.
Mr. Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus , a gathering of Nobel Prize winners, drafts a wish list for global problem solving — not just focusing on energy, but everything from education to combating tuberculosis. Audience members at the conference voted for education and energy research as their top priorities. The Copenhagen Consensus is an amazing organization that you should definitely take the time to check out; their work is exceptional.
Former U. S. vice-president Al Gore delivered a major address last summer calling on his country to abandon all fossil fuels within 10 years. By 2018, U. S. electricity and fuel should come entirely from “renewable energy and truly clean, carbon-free sources,” he said. Tickets to the event encouraged attendees to “please use public transit, bicycling or other climate-friendly means” to reach the lecture hall.
So how did Mr. Gore and his retinue arrive? In two Lincoln Town Cars and a full-sized SUV that sat idling with the air conditioners blasting while the Gore party was inside.
It was 34 C in Washington. Al Gore can’t be expected to get into an overheated vehicle after he’s worked up a sweat telling others how to save the planet.
Remember, too, the Nobel prize winning environmentalist lives in a Tennessee mansion that produces a carbon footprint 20 times that of the average American home. A sizable chunk of his personal fortune comes from royalties on a zinc mine which had to be temporarily closed five years ago in part because the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled it one of the worst-polluting mine sites in America. Illegal toxins were frequently discharged into nearby rivers.
The battle lines have been drawn, but the issues on Global Warming, though stated as complete, will not go away without more research, debate and much needed up-to-date scientific data. Like Dr. Copenhagen has said, “let’s spend our money wisely.”
The government believes if gas costs more you’ll drive less. That’s why they want to increase the gas tax, but without your knowledge. They’ll try to say it isn’t a gasoline tax because it doesn’t raise the current 18.4 cents per gallon Federal Gasoline Excise Tax. The details reveal their proposal is a new tax on top of the existing Federal Gasoline Excise Tax. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who helped craft this new gas tax, admitted the higher costs for energy companies “will be passed on” to motorists at the pump. Don’t be fooled by the rhet0ric, this bill is a gas tax on you and your family.