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Where Is Al Gore? (MIA in BidenWorld)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 31, 2021

“When asked how people can object to the scientific findings, [John] Holdren said politicization of global warming started in the 1990s when the GOP realized Al Gore would be the nominee for president. ‘He was Mr. Climate Change … so the other party used it politically,’ Holdren said.”

– Frances Hohl, “Environmental Expert Offers Dire Climate Change OutlookSteamboat Pilot & Today (July 17, 2019).

It’s a heavily scripted world around slow Joe Biden. The handlers are in control, pitching the nice guy as a front for his very bad energy and climate policies.

Have you noticed who is missing in all this? Where is Al Gore? It is as if “Mr. Climate Change” is hiding out with Hunter or in a bunker.

In fact, Al Gore is a PR liability, with his exaggerations and stiff style best closeted. But to those of us keeping score, Al Gore should not be forgotten. Here are some facts, remembrances, and quotations for the record.

From my Climate Alarm: Failed Prognostications (June 2018):

The sky-is-falling pitch went from bad to worse when scientist James Hansen was joined by politician Al Gore. Sea levels could rise twenty feet, claimed Gore in his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, a prediction that has brought rebuke even from those sympathetic to the climate cause.

In the same book/movie, Al Gore prophesied that unless the world dramatically reduced greenhouse gasses, we would hit a “point of no return.” In his book review of Gore’s effort, James Hansen unequivocally stated: “We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions.”

Time is up on Gore’s “point of no return” and Hansen’s “critical tipping point.” But neither has owned up to their exaggeration or made new predictions—as if they will suddenly be proven right.

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Here are some Gore quotations to remember Biden’s [handlers’] roots. All come from Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (Plume/Penguin, 1992, 1993).

“The global environmental crisis is rooted in the dysfunctional pattern of our civilization’s relationship to the natural world.” (p. 237)

“It ought to be possible to establish a coordinated global program to accomplish the strategic goal of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine over, say, a twenty-five-year-period.” (pp. 325-26)

“We now know that [the automobile’s] cumulative impact on the global environment is posing a mortal threat to the security of every nation that is more deadly than that of any military enemy we are ever again likely to face.” (p. 325)

“Adopting a central organizing principle—one agreed to voluntarily—means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action—to use, in short, every means to halt the destruction of the environment and to preserve and nurture our ecological system.” (p. 274)

“Minor shifts in policy, marginal adjustments in ongoing programs, moderate improvements in laws and regulations, rhetoric offered in lieu of genuine change—these are all forms of appeasement, designed to satisfy the public’s desire to believe that sacrifice, struggle, and a wrenching transformation of society will not be necessary.” (p. 274)

“The leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes in our global warming pollution lest we lose our ability to ever recover from this environmental crisis.” (here)

“I hope and trust we will all find a way to resist the accumulated momentum of all the habits, patterns, and distractions that divert us from what is true and honest, spinning us first this way, then that, whirling us like a carnival ride until our very souls are dizzy and confused.” (p. 367)

“Modern industrial civilization, as presently organized, is colliding violently with our planet’s ecological system.  The ferocity of its assault on the earth is breathtaking, and the horrific consequences are occurring so quickly as to defy our capacity to recognize them, comprehend their global implications, and organize an appropriate and timely response.”
(p. 269)

“We are now, in effect, corruptly imposing our own dysfunctional design and discordant rhythms on future generations, and these persistent burdens will be terribly difficult to carry.” (p. 236)

“The global environmental crisis is rooted in the dysfunctional pattern of our civilization’s relationship to the natural world.” (p. 237)

“Our civilization is, in effect, addicted to the consumption of the earth itself.  This addictive relationship distracts us from the pain of what we have lost:  a direct experience of our connection to the vividness, vibrancy, and aliveness of the rest of the natural world.  The froth and frenzy of industrial civilization mask our deep loneliness for that communion with the world that can lift our spirits and fill our senses with the richness and immediacy of life itself.” (pp. 220-21)

“We have become so successful at controlling nature that we have lost our connection to it.” (p. 225)

“The world’s ecological balance depends on more than just our ability to restore a balance between civilization’s ravenous appetite for resources and the fragile equilibrium of the earth’s environment. . . .  We must restore a balance within ourselves between who we are and what we are doing.” (p. 12)

“Our ecological system is crumpling as it suffers a powerful collision with the hard surfaces of a civilization speeding toward it out of control.” (p. 42)

“The potential for true catastrophe lies in the future, but the downslope that pulls us toward it is becoming recognizably steeper with each passing year. . . . Sooner or later the steepness of the slope and our momentum down its curve will take us beyond a point of no return.” (p. 49)

“Now warnings of a different sort signal an environmental holocaust without precedent. . . .  Today the evidence of an ecological Kristallnacht is as clear as the sound of glass shattering in Berlin.  We are still reluctant to believe that our worst nightmares of a global ecological collapse could come true; much depends on how quickly we can recognize the danger. (pp. 177–78)

One Comment for “Where Is Al Gore? (MIA in BidenWorld)”

  1. John W. Garrett  

    Thanks for the memories ! Gore certainly has proved himself a complete nutjob.


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