On Accuweather.com on March 1, Brett Anderson’s and Joe Bastardi’s blogs coincidentally carried Al Gore’s NY Times Op-ed of 27 February 2010. Here it is.
Thanks Brett and Joe. This kind of stuff needs debating.
None more than this Gorey drivel. He gets the big guilt thing going – our grandchildren will one day look back on us as a “criminal generation”. And he even beats the tobacco drum – “industries and companies whose business plans are dependent on unrestrained pollution … are ferociously fighting … just as tobacco companies blocked constraints on the marketing of cigarettes.”
Man, the skeptics are evil. They refuse to buy into having their cost of living ballooned, and their taxes increased. They refuse to have to pay for carbon credits and have the money sent to developing nations to finance their coal-burning power stations and their industries that produce windmills and solar panels with cheap labour to sell back to us. They refuse to be taxed on carbon emissions. Why do they exhibit this “criminal” behaviour?
First: AGW is a theory no better than any other theory about climate change. Actually, it’s worse than some – Richard Lindzen has some very specific criticisms below. (Thanks JB for the tip). So it’s not that skeptics blindly and stubbornly refuse to believe something unpalatable, it’s just that they are genuinely skeptical! Skeptical of a religious crusade based on bad science, argument from ignorance, wilful exaggeration and personal attacks. A crusade that is already leveraging the power of the state to impose its charges by force of law. Hmmmm. I believe it was the founder of Scientology who wrote that if you would be rich, start a religion… http://www.herkinderkin.com/2010/01/anthropogenic-global-warming-as-organised-religion/
Second: Even if AGW was proven and not merely a theory, increasing costs by carbon credits, taxes or whatever would not reduce our consumption of fossil fuels any more than the savage cost increases of the 1972 oil shock. All such measures do is cause inflation. (Maybe Gore counts on the fact that most of his audience were not even born in 1972, or were too young to remember.) So the cure for the unproven AGW is as illusory as the malady itself. Gore and the rest of the leaders of the AGW religion probably feel that they cannot lose. When we have paid and paid and become impoverished, the earth will not overheat and they will say “See, together we saved the earth”. And we will be so grateful…
Richard Lindzen on AGW http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2010/02/dr-richard-lindzens-talk-at-fermilab.html If you’re scientifically minded, click on the archive bit at the bottom and go through Lindzen’s full presentation.