Al “The Climate Whore” Gore is back at it again, only this time he admits that he’s “torqued up” the rhetoric to “get the attention of
This time, it is as clear as mud at night in a thick fog. We are going to die by one or more of the following, and quite soon it seems:
- Air Pollution
- Natural Occurring Disease/Pathogen
- Man Made Disease/Pathogen
- Nuclear Weapons
- Biological Weapons
- Chemical Weapons
- The Flu
Harken back to Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth”. Doom and gloom. Global cataclysm. The end of the world as we know it. We should commit lemming-like suicide en masse to appease the global warming Gods. Just remember the infamous “hockey stick” graph. Nothing more need be said.
Gore’s movie referenced select computer models that fit his narrative. “Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” Gore said.
Within a decade or two the “shockumentary” had Manhattan under water, cities on both coasts flooded and decimated, no food, no potable water, and other disaster-related occurrences. Score a big fat five Pinnochios on that one.
What Gore said was 100% going to happen didn’t happen, and now he’s convinced the reason is
- Severe tornadoes are increasing: F3+ tornadoes have been declining for more than 60 years. The overall number of tornadoes has been very low in the previous three years. An overall upward trend can be explained by new radar technology to detect them and the number of “storm chasers” that follow supercell storms around with cameras.
- CO2 is pollution: One of the first things taught in biology class is that animals breathe in the essential gas oxygen and exhale the essential gas CO2, while plants take in CO2 during the day and release oxygen that humans breathe. CO2 is used by plants as an airborne fertilizer to promote growth and to use less water.
- The Sahel in Africa is drying up: This arid region south of the Sahara desert has gained the most flora/fauna density since the invention of the satellite.
- Polar bears are dying: There are more polar bears in the wild across the globe now than the year Al Gore was born and the year he made the movie.
- Sea levels could rise 20 feet due to the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets: The reality is that sea levels have increased at the same basic rate as were referenced in the movie. The ice melt cycle in Greenland has not changed noticeably. The South Pole’s ice mass has increased minimally.
- The Arctic is melting: It was gaining ice, and 2015 saw the largest refreezing in more than a decade. The North Pole is losing a little mass and the South Pole is gaining mass.
- Hurricane Katrina was a man-made storm and would be replicated time and again: After Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the U.S. experienced the longest stretch ever recorded of no Category 3 hurricanes hitting land.
- CO2 levels are Nature’s thermostat: Satellite data has shown no discernable increase in average global temperature for two decades running despite a constant increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. The Sun, meanwhile, appears to be a more likely cause, with scientists noting the Sun has been “quieter” over that period of time.
Al “I Invented The Internet” Gore’s “documentary” was predicting we were going to drown and/or melt within 25 years or so. We’re almost there, so we just wanted to say bye bye in case we didn’t get a chance next week.
Now, in the sake of fairness, we wanted to impart some of the other mainstream lines of thought coming out of the Leftist academic, scientific and otherwise enlightened camps:
1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.
3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”
4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
6. Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”
7. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
8. Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
9. In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
10. Ecologist Kenneth Watt told Time that, “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”
11. Barry Commoner predicted that decaying organic pollutants would use up all of the oxygen in America’s rivers, causing freshwater fish to suffocate.
12. Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in 1970 that “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.
13. Paul Ehrlich warned in the May 1970 issue of Audubon that DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons “may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” Ehrlich warned that Americans born since 1946…now had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and he predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out. (Note: According to the most recent CDC report, life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years).
14. Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”
15. Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences, published a chart in Scientific American that looked at metal reserves and estimated the humanity would totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would be gone before 1990.
16. Sen. Gaylord Nelson wrote in Look that, “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
17. In 1975, Paul Ehrlich predicted that “since more than nine-tenths of the original tropical rainforests will be removed in most areas within the next 30 years or so, it is expected that half of the organisms in these areas will vanish with it.”
18. Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”