Does algore have any tone other than hysterical?

I truly intended to fisk algore’s op-ed at the New York Times, in which he explains why global warming is still so important that the world should continue its task of turning him into the first green-based billionaire.  I was foiled, however, by the fact that I couldn’t step giggling as I read his hysterical hyperbole.  I mean, really, just look at this opening paragraph (italicized emphasis mine, although I’m sure algore heard that shrill emphasis in his own head as he wrote):

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.

The hysteria continues unabated in subsequent paragraphs:

Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world, and the economic risks of sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas in return for that oil.


We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands.


But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.

And so it goes, with one overwrought opining after another.  What’s incredibly funny, though, is algore’s attempt to defuse the collapsing science.  Taking it like a man, he admits that there are just a few problems:

It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.

But fear not, fair climate panic maidens — mistakes happen.  Fortunately for those whose life’s goal is to line algore’s pockets, consensus still exists notwithstanding these “little” mistakes completely undermining the AGW theory.  Read what algore writes carefully.  He offers no science to support AGW despite the mistakes.  Instead, he simply assures us that there is consensus and, to justify his assurance, reiterates, boot-strap style his existing, and increasingly discredited, theories:

But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged. It is also worth noting that the panel’s scientists — acting in good faith on the best information then available to them — probably underestimated the range of sea-level rise in this century, the speed with which the Arctic ice cap is disappearing and the speed with which some of the large glacial flows in Antarctica and Greenland are melting and racing to the sea.


Here is what scientists have found is happening to our climate: man-made global-warming pollution traps heat from the sun and increases atmospheric temperatures. These pollutants — especially carbon dioxide — have been increasing rapidly with the growth in the burning of coal, oil, natural gas and forests, and temperatures have increased over the same period. Almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are melting — and seas are rising. Hurricanes are predicted to grow stronger and more destructive, though their number is expected to decrease. Droughts are getting longer and deeper in many mid-continent regions, even as the severity of flooding increases. The seasonal predictability of rainfall and temperatures is being disrupted, posing serious threats to agriculture. The rate of species extinction is accelerating to dangerous levels.

I don’t know about you, but it seems tacky that algore ignores the icky little fact that earth’s climate has changed constantly for the past, oh, about 3 billion years.  Or maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that an incredibly wooden guy has a hard time comprehending a fluid situation.  (And yes, that’s a nasty, ad hominem attack on my part, but there’s no getting past the fact that, when you think algore, you don’t think of a flexible mind).

Suspecting that the ordinary American, after the past couple of years of cold winters and cooling global temperatures, might be inclined to discount his ravings, algore assures us that you should definitely discount the information of your own eyes and senses, not to mention all those newspaper articles you’ve been reading:

Because these and other effects of global warming are distributed globally, they are difficult to identify and interpret in any particular location. For example, January was seen as unusually cold in much of the United States. Yet from a global perspective, it was the second-hottest January since surface temperatures were first measured 130 years ago.

Algore’s reasoning, which seems to say that actual weather proves nothing, should come as a surprise to everyone who has noticed that, no matter the weather — heat, cold, snow, ice, sun, hurricane, even earthquakes — we are constantly assured that everything results from AGW.  So contrary to algore’s statement, one can apparently tell what’s going on just by looking out the window, as long as one always attributes what one sees to anthropogenic global warming.

If you feel the yen to giggle and be dismayed periodically, please take the time to read algore’s hysterical diatribe refuting collapsing science with algore-approved conclusions.  As for me, I’m simply grateful that the whole edifice is collapsing.  As the earth’s stewards, it is our responsibility, and it works to our benefit, to keep our environment as clean and beautiful as possible.  Doing so, however, does not require mass wealth transfer to algore and other Third World Nations (that word “other” is deliberate there), it does not involve upending our economy and lifestyle, and it does not require destroying our national security needs.  Instead, it simply requires us to use our American ingenuity to make things better, rather than to use our algore induced paranoia to make things insane.

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  • David Foster

    “Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world”

    If this were the problem that someone really wanted to address, would they propose doing it by basically shutting down the U.S. coal industry?

  • ConnectTheDots

    I find it particularly interesting that algore and his ilk are so concerned about the legacy we’re leaving our children in terms of the condition of the planet, but not so much the condition of the country’s finances.
    Nothing makes sense in the bizarro world of the liberal elite.

  • David Foster

    ConnectTheDots…also, while expressing great tenderness for the physical environment, these people typically show no respect or concern for the *cultural* environment, and indeed do their best to destroy it.

    Yet it is a society’s culture on which everything else, including the economy, rests.

  • Mike Devx

    ConnectTheDots said, #2,
    I find it particularly interesting that algore and his ilk are so concerned about the legacy we’re leaving our children in terms of the condition of the planet, but not so much the condition of the country’s finances.

    Ah, ConnectTheDots, the AlGore contingent believe there will always be the rich whose wealth can be used to “repair” any financial difficulties their schemes encounter.

    But as the mounting problems in Greece have revealed, that is a completely false assumption.  Greece has no way out.  And they’ve had generations to grow accustomed to entitlements that they now refuse to give up, though they’ve absolutely no way to pay for them.  Crash And Burn is coming for them, and they have no way out.

    Others in Europe are not far behind Greece on the devastation curve – particularly Spain seems next.   They all rely on the next generation to bail them out, but the next generation is too small.  If you haven’t read Mark Steyn’s brilliant (and terrifying) analysis, it’s well worth it:

  • Ymarsakar

    Book, Gore should still have his Oracular voice back when he was still semi-divine.

  • Mike Devx

    Al Gore said this in his NY Times Op Ed Piece:
    > “What is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption…”

    When you take that as a fundamental statement on the purpose of government, it is terrifying.

    And our elitists are worried about a theocracy emerging from the far right?  Al Gore has been on a theocratic crusade ever since “Earth In The Balance” was published decades ago. His theocracy is a religion, for all its secular trappings.  No one should be fooled now, when he can publish a statement such as “The rule of law is an instrument of human redemption.”  Redemption… from whom?  Redemption… for what?  Explain yourself, oh Priest of *what* religion?   That is a theocratic statement without any doubt.   Al Gore is a deeply frightening man.

  • suek

    This falls into the “must read” category, I think.  Especially in view of the “Liberal Euphoria…” post.

  • Zoltan

    If the goose that was laying the golden eggs for me were threatened, I would be hysterical too.

  • David Foster

    “golden eggs”….for algore himself, it’s probably mostly about money and power (in reverse order)..but for many of his acolytes, it’s probably about attempting to gain a sense of meaning. Here’s Arthur Koestler, speaking through a character in his novel The Age of Longing: “You cannot cure aberrations of the political libido by arguments…Now the source of all political libido is faith, and its object is the New Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Lost Paradise, Utopia, what have you. Therefore each time a god dies there is trouble in History. People feel that they have been cheated by his promises, left with a dud check in their pocket. The last time a god died was on July 14, 1789, the day when the Bastille was stormed. On that day the Holy Trinity was replaced by the three-word slogan which you find written over our town halls and post offices. Europe has not yet recovered from that operation, and all our troubles today are secondary complications. The People–and when I use that word, Mademoiselle, I always refer to people who have no bank accounts–the people have been deprived of their only asset: the knowledge, or the illusion, whichever you like, of having an immortal soul. Their faith is dead, their kingdom is dead, only the longing remains. And this longing, Mademoiselle, can express itself in beautiful or murderous forms, just like the frustrated sex instinct…Only the longing remains–a dumb, inarticulate longing of the instinct, without knowledge of its source and object. So the people, the masses, mill around with that irksome feeling of having an uncashed check in their pockets and whoever tells them ‘Oyez, oyez, the Kingdom is just round the corner, in the second street to the left,’ can do with them what he likes.” My essay on this book is here:

  • Gringo

    In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.
    Not surprisingly, the Goreacle minimizes a number of issues that the e-mails brought forth such as : 1) integrity of data as shown by how the programmer(s) manipulated the data, adding fudge factors which increased “global warming;”  2) selective use  weather stations. Etc.
    As far as I can tell, the Goreacle took only two science courses  in college, and not any math or statistics courses. So issues  such as data integrity are most likely beyond his ken.
    (His approach to data integrity, and integrity in general, was shown by what he did in Florida after the 2000 election . I voted third party in that election, but Gore’s behavior after the election repelled me.)

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  • Earl

    Algore is not only a magnificent example of a scientific ignoramus, he’s too stupid (or egomaniacal) to get someone who knows something about the reality to read his stuff and save him from even the most obvious howlers…such as:
    “…the speed with which some of the large glacial flows in Antarctica and Greenland are melting and racing to the sea.”
    Anyone who has read even the most elementary description of glaciers knows that increased speed is related to MORE SNOW at the upper end, the weight of which causes the flow “downhill” to speed up (it’s true that there are relatively rare situations that produce “galloping glaciers”, but these are not reported to be occurring in either Antarctica or Greenland).  On the other hand, increased melting, which occurs at the lower elevations where it is warmer than it is at the glacial source, causes the glacier to RECEDE.  So the Goracle’s stuff is doubly falsified, and out of his own mouth!
    Was there EVER any point in reading Algore’s stuff — except maybe for (horrified) amusement?

  • Mike Devx

    The tsunami non-event is particularly apropos to Book’s post here.
    Excerpt from an article:

    The warning was ominous, its predictions dire: Oceanographers issued a bulletin telling Hawaii and other Pacific islands that a killer wave was heading their way with terrifying force and that “urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.”
    But the devastating tidal surge predicted after Chile’s magnitude 8.8-earthquake for areas far from the epicenter never materialized […]
    “It’s a key point to remember that we cannot end the warnings. Failure to warn is not an option for us,” said Dai Lin Wang, an oceanographer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. “We cannot have a situation that we thought was no problem and then it’s devastating. That just cannot happen.”
    No.  They’ve got it backwards.  They declared that a killer wave was definitely heading across the Pacific.  That simply was not true.  What went wrong?  Their models were wrong!  Garbage in, bad model, garbage out.
    As a result, we have a situation of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’.  People will not take the next warning as seriously as this one.  In Hawaii, they generated great fear.  My neighbor’s friend, here in Texas, was terrified for her boyfriend visiting Hawaii.  And for what: Waves measured in inches.
    This is exactly comparable to global warming hysterics.  We are told that the science is settled, and that devastation is definitely occurring.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Global warming models predicted a steady increase from 1998-2010.  Instead, we have seen global cooling!  Not only has it been completely unexpected, the cooling has been of worrisome size.
    When the so-called experts and scientists get it so completely wrong, it’s bad enough.  But when they issue warnings that state that something terrible is definitely about to occur – and then it doesn’t – harm is done.  Repeatedly doing so generates both anger and mockery, and in this case such damage is done to science itself.
    So, some humility is in order.  If they’d been issuing these kinds of warnings in mature, sober tones, and moderated them with the entirely appropriate phrasing of, for example: “A killer wave might possibly be generated that could be a severe threat”, then we could accept their uncertainty and the uncertainty of their flawed models.  But they are true believers, full of hysteria and dire pronouncements couched in absolutist, 100%-certainty terms.  Which are then proven wrong.  And we believe them less and less as a result.

  • suek

    Why were they forcasting based on models?  I understood that they had monitors in the ocean that were the basis for their predictions…not true??  I know they don’t have a _lot_ of monitors – I think I heard the number 43, which is pretty sparse in a body of water as immense as the Pacific – but I assume they’d be strategically located.  Anything you’ve picked up about them?

  • Paul_In_Houston

    As horrified as I am over what “The Won” has already inflicted upon us, and what he further wishes to do, whenever Al Gore opens his mouth he actually raises the possibility that things could be even worse.
    No mean feat, that.

  • Mike Devx

    It’s too soon to know for sure, but I’ve heard that the monitors were reporting the “under-tsunami”, meaning, they knew it was turning into a non-event.  But they didn’t pass *that* information on.  Or they were ignored by the MSM, because the MSM just loves the juicier story, even if known to be false. (???)
    Ratings competition!  Who’s going to stay on the channel that says “Nothing to see here, move along”, when MSNBC is STILL screaming “catastrophe! catastrophe!”

  • suek

    The least they could have done is put Geraldo “on the story”.  Then we would have known that the results would have been less than awe inspiring…

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  • Mike Devx

    Here’s a story from this morning about the flawed tsunami prediction model and a competitor model that did rather better.


  • Mike Devx

    From that article:
    > “Our main problem right now is that we have unsubstantiated assumptions built into our warning system and we really have to check those,” said Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and formerly a professor at the University of Hawaii.

    Heh.  If only Phil Jones and the rest of the global warming frauds at East Anglia’s IPCC had thought that way starting about ten years ago.  I’d include Al Gore, too, but he’s a hopeless case.

  • suek

    Choosing between no or minimal warning and the warning that they enforced, I’d choose the latter.  As I repeated to my kids endlessly ” better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it”. people and communities were inconvenienced.  No doubt there was a cost incurred.  But if they hadn’t issued the warning and the tsunami _had_ occurred?  after the Indonesian results – who could fault them for their decision???  People pay all kinds of money to go to movies where they get scared over nothing…such is life!
    But I agree – it sounds like there’s actually some scientific thought going on.  Probably because no one’s figured out a way to make a bundle off a permanent scare mechanism.   Yet.