Oh, that’s gotta hurt, Al

Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Project” was launched on July 12th with great media fanfare, lots of interviews, and press all over the planet. It is heralded by some of the faithful as Gore 2.0, the second coming.

Only one teensy little problem…on the week I cut back on blogging to work on my business, WUWT still beat Al in global daily reach on the day of the launch, and his trend has been downhill ever since.

It looks like Al is throwing a big expensive party, but nobody is staying beyond the first hour when the Hors d’oeuvre’s run out.  Here’s another graph showing daily traffic rank.

Alexa doesn’t plot values below 100,000.

Reality bites manbearpig. My little blog with no big bucks funding from big green and a band of volunteers gets more traffic on the day of the great announcement from Al. Believe me, I was surprised as you are.

Yeah I know, defenders will chatter on about how Alexa is unreliable, blah, blah, but given the blip of press coverage we’ve seen and little follow on afterwards, the numbers do reflect what we see in practice.

Plot the data yourself here:

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/climaterealityproject.org+wattsupwiththat.com

Maybe people are just tired of countdowns to doomsdays that don’t seem to happen.

I’m sure Al got no help from the May 21st end of the world countdown stupidity that never materialized while the world at large uttered a collective “told ya so!”.

There were hundreds of doomsday countdowns all over the web for that. Al has one too:

Al’s countdown message and track record isn’t that different from Harold Camping’s.

In fact, they don’t look that different while delivering their message in these two photos:

With Camping’s failure, rather than admit he’s just whacked and nobody but the gullible believed him, the date is pushed into the future. Al has the same problem, skepticism is on the rise, book sales are down, bookings for $175,000 a pop lectures are drying up, the Chicago Climate Exchange is dead, and Kyoto is effectively dead. Time for Gore 2.0.

But, nobody seems to be buying it now except the faithful. Will anyone actually care on September 14th?

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96 Responses to Oh, that’s gotta hurt, Al

  1. I’m not sure the comparison is fair. I’m pretty sure that Camping actually believed his doomsday message.

  2. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    Every time I think of Al Gore, standing proud and tall in front of a huge crowd of people, all rapt with attention at what Al has to say, and what follows is a horrifying tale of weather run amok, Tornados by the hundreds. Torrential rain storms and consecutive years of record snow pack in the Rockies and flooding and Global Warming. And carpetbagging by the army corps of engineers and the NWO along the Missouri, I think of the angels, and the harps they don’t play. And I think of that poor queen of England and the bills she will never be able to pay. And I think of the wounded soldier, returning from a war he was lied into joining, wanting to get right with God and his fellow humanity, and find peace. Then I think of Al again. You better shut up ASAP, Al. We’re on to you.

  3. Ric Werme says:

    > Yeah I know, defenders will chatter on about how Alexa is unreliable, blah, blah,

    Either that or they’ll say this is proof that WUWT is funded by Big Evil. Umm, you are going to be distributing that to you loyal guest posters, right? Oh – I already got my share? Maybe Big Al needs a guest poster. Didn’t someone tell me to follow the money?

  4. goldie says:

    It doesn’t matter how often they say it or the way that they say it or the manner in which it is said, nobody’s buying it.

  5. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    Let someone else choose your pony next time, Al.

  6. Henry chance says:

    It is too hot in the midwest to click on alGore. Actually I knew he rolled out some big deal but didn’t know what it was.

    Like Joe romm says, it is a “messaging’ problem.

  7. Mac the Knife says:

    I’m sure we will shortly hear that the normal summer heat wave across the country is ‘man made’, no doubt from Al Gore and the rickety gates faithful. I’m truly tickled to see WUWT is trouncing algore on daily hits!

    Q: Anthony – Where is your ‘tip jar’? I spotted a link that says “Donations accepted: fling funds
    to help keep the http://www.surfacestations.org project going. ” Is that your general ‘support fund’ (?) or is it specifically dedicated to the surfacestations.org project?

    REPLY: You found it, covers both. – Anthony

  8. jaypan says:

    Well, that’s unfair. Al baby must fight against the “best science blog”.
    And as we know, science is not one of his strengths.
    Congratulations, Anthony & team.

  9. Grizzled Bear says:

    Will anyone actually care on September 14th?

    Of course I care. I’m looking forward to building a snowman with my family that day.

  10. Jeff Alberts says:

    I only heard about it here. So I can’t see that there was any great media fanfare.

  11. James Wesley says:

    May be they are not staying around for the party cause the company sucks and the food taste like……I’ll let you finsih it.

  12. twawki says:

    Most of those in power are decidedly unpopular

    Look at the Australian greens on Alexa – either they they’re followers don’t visit their website or else they don’t really have many followers;

    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/http%3A%2F%2Fgreens.org.au#

  13. cardin drake says:

    Unfortunately, mentioning his pasty little site is probably gonna add a nice spike to his Alexa numbers.

  14. dp says:

    Yet another hockey stick. Way to go, Al.

  15. a jones says:

    Anthony congratulations. To humble the Great Goracle upon his chosen ground is indeed a feat worthy of celebration. It is also the measure of how far the blogosphere has succeeded in driving these self serving spinmeisters into the oblivion they so richly deserve. A good augury for the future. So once again congratulations.

    Kindest Regards

  16. bushbunny says:

    What goes up has to come down. Before any mini ice age or ‘God forbid’ full glacial period
    temps world wide went up in comparison to a glacial period. We are still in a glacial period but
    known as an interglacial. Now do you think with all this AGW nonsense we can stop another mini or full glacial period arriving. No we can’t that big ball in the sky has gone to sleep for now and the orbit of course causes seasonal weather. But those who will experience a cold winter in the Northern Hemisphere better get used to it. We are probably heading back to a colder season, I believe the Gulf Stream is slowing although some say that is because of the oil spill? Or others suggesting putting huge fans deep sea to keep pushing the gulf stream around the Atlantic.
    Who are these people? They are protecting their funding that supports carbon taxing because of AGW or saving faces after they have been paid millions to produce elastic computer model?
    Al Gore is the biggest crank out. And supports clean energy and I believe has invested heavily
    in carbon trading etc. With the World Bank saying carbon trading is failing and we should all invest or the world temps will go up 3 – 4C seems to suggests, money including Al’s is being lost.

  17. Kasuha says:

    I’m not surprised the site is not getting any big traffic, actually it surprises me how much traffic it is getting – there’s nothing there but the counter and a bit of static info so you visit it once you know it all. Comparing it to WUWT where you can get complex information and see news every day is unfair.

  18. Leon Brozyna says:

    Al Gore? Who dat?

  19. pajama momma says:

    Too bad there isn’t a way to see how many of the hits on Al’s blog actually come from your blog.

  20. joe says:

    i wish that Alexa would list actual hits per day or week etc for a site because all i can ever find there is % or the relative rankings…

  21. jeez says:

    Compared to the money dropped on Al Gore’s previous attempts to mold opinion, this is a squeak not a roar.

    Think of 2007

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17168544/ns/us_news-environment/t/gore-plans-rock-against-warming/

  22. jeez says:

    Hmmm,

    http://climaterealityproject.org/blog/

    Three posts in five days. They hide the date of the posts to look more timely, but the date stamp shows up in comments.

    Total comments in five days 55, about the same as a couple of hours here or on Climate etc.

    I would suggest going over and VERY politely give some opposing points of view. I do mean POLITELY. Argue the facts not the man, not the politics.

    I wouldn’t expect much to make it past moderation, but it will be such a morale boosting “thrill” for the authors and moderators.

    and let’s not forget the nationwide ad campaign (at least tens of millions, if not the full 300 million claimed) a couple years back for http://wecansolveit.org, which quickly fizzled to nada, zilch as far as traffic is concerned and now, unsuprisingly, redirects to……

    wait for it………………

    …………………….

    http://climaterealityproject.org

  23. Roger Carr says:

    Slow down on the count down for Al:
    Maybe he is concentrating on Chicago Climate Exchange Mk2:

    CHINA will introduce a pilot scheme for carbon emissions trading and gradually develop a national market as the world’s largest polluter seeks to reduce emissions and save energy, state media said.

  24. Zen says:

    Hey, don’t forget that this guy invented the internet. I’m sure he’s got some trick up his sleeve.

  25. Andy G55 says:

    “when the Hors d’oeuvre’s run out”

    probably because what Al thought was an appetiser, turned out to be a load of Carp.

  26. ANH says:

    I think it’s actually worse for fat Albert than you suggest. When I read about his new initiative, on WUWT, I clicked the link to see what his web site looked like. I imagine that lots of regular visitors to WUWT did the same, so Al’s ‘spike’ of interest was probably mostly just us folks. Sorry Al, it isn’t going to work, ever.

  27. Alexander K says:

    As a non-US citizen, American politics is something of a mystery to me; the biggest part of the mystery is the amount of adulation visible on the faces of believers when they see their beloved Al Gore in the flesh. To me, he seems to be a pudgy, over-indulgent and not very believable huckster straight out of a 2nd-rate novel. Anyone who buys beach-front property then preaches cataclysmic sea-level rises obviously does not actually expect to be believed.

  28. eco-geek says:

    Just having followed the link to Al’s site I noticed there were three links with visitor numbers printed underneath.

    The first link was “Watch the Video” with 111,000 views.
    The second link was “Spread the Word” with 8,500 visits.

    From these two figures we can calculate the Gullibility Ratio (GR):

    GR=8,500/111,000 = 7.65%

    I’m afraid I’m only calculating to 3 significant figures because I pressed the link and thus may have distorted the GR. Once in however Al would not let me go, the back button on my browser would not work so I just closed down the window and came back here only to find that Al will not let me re-enter his site! I guess he is sensitive about some of us gullible types and just where we are coming from!

  29. tallbloke says:

    Hmm lemme see what a google search for the date brings up.

    Oh Yes! Al’s party makes it onto the bottom of page 1 of the results, a reference to it by a blogger.
    She’s a psychotherapist.

    Beating Al in the party date stakes we have the NEW! BEASTIE BOYS gigging at Yankee Stadium
    “You gotta fight…. For your Right…. to PAAAAAARRRRRRTY!
    Maybe Al could get a spot between the support act and the main event.

    It’s a good day for Rockers, Metallica are gigging too.
    Wonder if they’ll be doing their old standard “My Apocalypse” Al could hum along.

    If you want something more sedate then there are some international chefs teaching salami making in New York at the Ballroom. Maybe they could make a novelty hockey stick salami for Al.

    Hope the inevitable snow doesn’t prevent everyones partygoing. Have a good one.

    I’ll be throwing a party of my own, bring some carbonifierous combustibles for the bonfire and some co2 pressurized beverages over.

  30. rbateman says:

    Move over Al. While you were out counting your carbon beans that didn’t hatch, a new hysteria kid arrived on the block. It’s all about 2012, Elenin, Niburu, Planet X, etc.
    Al…you have been replaced by “It came from Outer Space” stuff. Clean out your desk.

  31. bushbunny says:

    Question 1: About China? When I sat a uni unit ‘Earth in Crisis?’ When I was reading, I read that
    China had uncontrolled surface coal fires, so bad, that they couldn’t be put out without billions
    spent and the Indonesia forest fires that when uncontrolled for 4 years were caused by the same
    problem. India also had the same problem too. China’s pollution caused enough to equalise all the trucks and cars exhausts in the US of A. In Australia we have a permanent ‘smoking mountain’ in NSW caused by coal seams burning. It’s a tourist attraction would you believe.
    I can’t see China doing anything significant as they the US of A and Canada are not renewing their Kyoto agreement. The Chinese are one of the biggest economies in the world now, and they know which part of ‘their bread is buttered’. Personally I would rather with a big ? trust them over climate change than Al Gore et al.

  32. FerdinandAkin says:

    How many of the hits to climate reality project . com came for Wattsupwiththat.com? I went and had a look and a laugh. I would think several other people did too.

  33. Roger Carr says:

    bushbunny says: (July 18, 2011 at 2:39 am )
    “In Australia we have a permanent ‘smoking mountain’ in NSW caused by coal seams burning. It’s a tourist attraction would you believe.”

    Mt. Wingen has an interesting history (aside from the fact it has been burning for 6000 years). The local Australian aboriginals considered the waters in a creek below it had healing powers — so did my uncle Mandy, who bought the rights to market products derived from it in liquid, ointment and soap form. It was Wingenia when he bought it, but he changed the name to Silfazone.

    The whole family grew up with liberal applications of the liquid (in particular) on any and all wounds and cuts (as did the family animals). The sting was crazy wild; but the wounds always healed without scars. It was in fact quite a remarkable product.

    Mandy fenced the top of the mountain, then began extracting an ore which congealed in the various firey openings — whilst the fence became a favourite perch for birds on whichever was the downwind side on the day. They fluffled their feathers; to rid themselves of lice, we believed.

    Much, much more; but I guess it’s history now…

    Burning Mountain, the common name for Mount Wingen, is a hill near Wingen, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 224 kilometres (139 mi) north of Sydney..

    .

  34. Bruce Cobb says:

    He uses Appeals to Emotion, Appeals to Authority, and Ad Hominem arguments. Only the hardcore Faithful are still taken in by that. His sell-by date has long past. He’s a loser selling a losing product. It’s embarrassing to watch.

  35. Roger Carr says:

    Typo in my note above. The new name was Sulfazone (not Silfaone).

    Oh for an Ozram…Light you can see by…

  36. tallbloke says:

    ANH says:
    July 18, 2011 at 12:14 am
    I think it’s actually worse for fat Albert than you suggest. When I read about his new initiative, on WUWT, I clicked the link to see what his web site looked like. I imagine that lots of regular visitors to WUWT did the same, so Al’s ‘spike’ of interest was probably mostly just us folks. Sorry Al, it isn’t going to work, ever.

    Heh, truly informative stats can be cruel. You can imagine Al’s excitement when he saw the hit count, and then the crushing feeling when he saw the name at the top of the referrers list.

  37. MikeTheDenier says:

    “when the Hors d’oeuvre’s run out”

    In Al Bore’s case, it should be when the whores run out.

  38. bushbunny says:

    If he was selling soap powder he would have bombed through lack of committment?
    LOL. that’s all this site has done. I watched it twice, and quite honestly the video had little impact on me or my dogs.

  39. Chris D. says:

    You guys are showing your age. The “new normal” (/gag) metric is how many social media “friends”, “followers” and “likes” they get. The Climate Reality page on Facebook has over 32k followers, so far. Not sure about Twitter.

  40. jeez says:

    Chris D.

    You have a point, however, given the budgets these groups have at their disposal, a quick advertising campaign could buy that many “likes” in a few hours. Probably costs less than a dollar a piece. Watching for growth outside the low-hanging fruit demographic will be interesting.

  41. JimSC says:

    went to Google trends and used climate reality project as a search term and got the message
    “Your terms – climate reality project – do not have enough search volume to show graphs.”
    pretty much says it all

  42. Monroe says:

    Thanks for the info on the “tip jar.” I think people who donate need to be perfectly clear on what they are donating to. Giving to a specific project is one thing but I think you need steady contributions. I for one would like a clear way to chip in on a easy, steady bases.

    What part of “you are worth it” is not understood?

  43. ecliptic says:

    The premier Libertarian event of the year is scheduled for September 15 – 18.
    Algorepig schedules his event for September 14. Probably just a coincidence, right?
    Each time a significant Ron Paul presidential campaign event takes place, watch the “news” which is reported by the dying lying lame-stream media. Where is the Republican front-runner coverage? What happened? What about Ron?

    http://www.lpac2011.com/

  44. Jeremy says:

    Chris D. says:
    July 18, 2011 at 5:01 am

    You guys are showing your age. The “new normal” (/gag) metric is how many social media “friends”, “followers” and “likes” they get. The Climate Reality page on Facebook has over 32k followers, so far. Not sure about Twitter.

    That has some ring of truth to it. However, if people are not reading your content but simply friending you… well how meaningful is that? Friending/Following just isn’t as telling as visits and clickthroughs in terms of how much your content is appreciated.

  45. Jeff Alberts says:

    The whole family grew up with liberal applications of the liquid (in particular) on any and all wounds and cuts (as did the family animals). The sting was crazy wild; but the wounds always healed without scars. It was in fact quite a remarkable product.

    Sounds like snake oil to me.

  46. Richard deSousa says:

    [snip] Al reminds me of the shepherd boy who kept crying “wolf” – no body believes [snip] Al now.

  47. amoorhouse says:

    Sorry to depress you but Al Gore still has fertile ground to grow his ideas. My son has been fighting a lonely losing battle in his Geography class at school about AGW. He directed his teacher to WUWT and said the usual things like the ice caps aren’t melting away, the sea is not rising at an increased rate and polar bears are not dying off.

    However he is up against the whole class, gets shouted down a lot and (get this) gets accused of being a communist. The teacher noted that WUWT must be “one of those web sites that fakes their data”.

    Ain’t edumakashun wonderful?

  48. Brian H says:

    Howard T. Lewis III says:
    July 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Every time I think of Al Gore, standing proud and tall in front of a huge crowd of people,

    Not possible. Not even with elevator shoes. I gather he’s actually about 5’7″, but claims 6’1″. Which is a pretty telling analogy for all his other claims.

  49. Brian H says:

    Zorro says:
    July 18, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Australian climate change minister given a hiding by Alan Jones.
    http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=9419#.TiP-ztvj0CM.email

    Take-away line: “The polls say you’re underestimating the intelligence of the electorate.”
    LOL

  50. Brian H says:

    Jeff Alberts says:
    July 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

    The whole family grew up with liberal applications of the liquid (in particular) on any and all wounds and cuts (as did the family animals). The sting was crazy wild; but the wounds always healed without scars. It was in fact quite a remarkable product.

    Sounds like snake oil to me.

    Glycerin will do the same thing, but without any sting. Stops and reverses gum disease rapidly, too. Also psoriasis, sunburn, etc. It even tastes good. (Diabetic sweetener option; no impact on blood sugar or insulin.)

  51. Brian H says:

    amoorhouse says:
    July 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Sorry to depress you but Al Gore still has fertile ground to grow his ideas. My son has been fighting a lonely losing battle in his Geography class at school about AGW. He directed his teacher to WUWT and said the usual things like the ice caps aren’t melting away, the sea is not rising at an increased rate and polar bears are not dying off.

    However he is up against the whole class, gets shouted down a lot and (get this) gets accused of being a communist. The teacher noted that WUWT must be “one of those web sites that fakes their data”.

    Ain’t edumakashun wonderful?

    Wow. Sounds like a great candidate for a guest post. Is he up for it?

  52. Elizabeth (not the Queen) says:

    To add insult to injury, a lot of the traffic on Al Gore’s site was probably WUWT readers. I know I only checked it out after reading the announcement here.

  53. Gary Krause says:

    I would agree there was an immediate curiosity with the poor saps rhetoric in confirmation of his gory lore. The media is sensationalistic. No drama, no viewer, no add support.

  54. richard verney says:

    As others have commented, it is a message problem and only a few hard line believers are buying the message sold, no matter how the MSM continues to distort reporting.

    In the UK, it has been trumpeted that we have had one of the driest Springs on record, and reported that we have had one of the warmest Junes on record. These have been prayed in aid of the manmade Global Warming thing.

    There has been no analysis behind this. It is tue that June was statistixcally hot but this was only because we had a 4 or 5 exceptionally hot days. If those days were removed, June would have been average if not cooler than average. It is now more than half way through July and July has been cold and wet.

    When the figures are in, I bet that this will turn out to be a wet summer (there are already comments in the newspapers that summer is over and that it may be wet for the next 40 days). This will balance out the very dry Spring. However, I doubt that the MSM will run with such a story to put some balance into the debate. However, people will remember that yet another BBQ summer has gone by in yet another washout.

    Likewise, I bet this will turn out to be a below average July. Once again, I doubt that the MSM will run with that and will point out that the cold July balances out the warm June. However, poople will remember that the summer disappointed.

    The real killer for the AGW crowd is the increasing cost of energy. Todate, the green agenda has been creeping up and people have not appreciated how much this is costing them nor what disastrous effects it has had on the economy. However, given the perilous state of the UK economy, the squeeze on wages and the ever increasing cost of energy, people are beginning to realise the costs of this green agenda. When this hits home, people will rebel against the mantra and this will be especially so, if another couple of cold winters follow.

    If the Earth (for whatever reason) is in for a cooling spell when people canno longer afford to heat their homes as warm as they would like due to the escalating green taxes, very quickly people will flock away from the green mantra and the green message will become even harder to sell. I can see the prospects that within a few years few people will believe the type pf message being spun by AL Gore and his like.

  55. anderlan says:

    If Al Gore made an announcement that Jesus was the Messiah, somehow, some way, too many Christians would point out how he’s incorrect. Al can be an insufferable know it all, and he’s caught on to the best insufferable know-it-all issue ever. But, you know the thing about insufferable know it alls, is they actually usually KNOW quite a bit.

  56. Greg, Spokane WA says:

    Only 37k friends on Facebook? Heck, “The One” has 22 mil or so. Al has millions to spend on ads. One of his young FB fiends/friends should be able to get some of those bucks and get Al set up with FB ads and skyrocket that piddly 37k number.

    Also keep in mind that anytime Al’s team posts anything on his page that all 37k “friends” get a note on their feeds. Better than email, by far.

    Beliefs? Al’s lifestyle makes him an easy target for those of us who wonder what his beliefs really are, though I think Al believes much of what he preaches, I think he’s a pretty good preacher and knows how to inject plenty of fire and brimstone into his talks.

  57. Jerry from Boston says:

    Roger Carr,

    I’ve had a recent experience that I think that may partly substantiate the validity of your Uncle Mandy’s coal mine byproduct sales pitch. I was getting my hair cut last week and the barber noticed I had some scalp flaking. He recommended I buy TGel shampoo, rub it in good into the scalp, and do this twice a week for a couple weeks. So I traipse off to CVS, notice they have a CVS generic brand and I read the TGel and CVS contents to make sure I’m buying the same thing. The shampoos contain Coal Tar (0.5% – 1.0%) and that’s their main selling point! It’s recommended for psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. The shampoo has a very strong chemical stench and stings your eyes if you’re not careful.

    Small world.

  58. Dave Worley says:

    Unfortunately, mentioning his pasty little site is probably gonna add a nice spike to his Alexa numbers.

    It would be fun to organize something like that, for an hour or so. But then we would make the news as some sort of “denial of service attack”.

  59. Dave Worley says:

    Forgot quotes around Alexia’s text…sorry.

  60. Chris says:

    He will reappear hardcore this year. Like every good profiteer. He clung to Katrina, and now he will cling to the heatwave.

  61. AntiAcademia says:

    ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GRAPHS THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN! Finally the common man through blogs, love for truth and the marvelous availability of the information of the Internet are getting more audience than the traditional corrupted by politics mainstream media and academia! WONDERFUL! There is hope when one sees such a beautiful thing! Congratulations to Mr. Watts, to the WUWT team and, of course, to the people that comment on WUWT!

  62. Chris D. says:

    Re: what Jeremy says:
    July 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

    “That has some ring of truth to it. However, if people are not reading your content but simply friending you… well how meaningful is that? Friending/Following just isn’t as telling as visits and clickthroughs in terms of how much your content is appreciated.”

    We know by now that everything he says isn’t so much about the content as it is a call to action to be part of a kewl happenin’ movement, “choose reality!”, and “save the world zomg!” Never underestimate the power of a social movement. From the looks of this campaign, he’s planning to time this with what he thinks will be a new arctic ice minimum as a big dramatic attention grabber to regain moral high-ground, and then use that occasion to “expose’ the evil deniers. This is all about marketing and politics. But it also is shaping up to be a very divisive and destructive ginning up of well-meaning people.

  63. GregO says:

    amoorhouse says:
    July 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

    “However he is up against the whole class, gets shouted down a lot and (get this) gets accused of being a communist. The teacher noted that WUWT must be “one of those web sites that fakes their data”.”

    Your son is to be commended for his courage in speaking truth to power. Please send him my best wishes. Please let him know that this may not be the last time he has to stand up to bullys and fools and that life can be tough.

  64. Jim G says:

    anderlan says:
    July 18, 2011 at 10:04 am
    “If Al Gore made an announcement that Jesus was the Messiah, somehow, some way, too many Christians would point out how he’s incorrect. Al can be an insufferable know it all, and he’s caught on to the best insufferable know-it-all issue ever. But, you know the thing about insufferable know it alls, is they actually usually KNOW quite a bit.”

    Never happen as he obviously thinks he’s the Messiah.

  65. Pete in Cumbria UK says:

    Of course it would suffer a fall in visitor numbers. The Science is settled after all, and has been for a long time and the world is adapting to its new climate. New York City just recently accommodated its 10th batch of 4 million climate refugees, with room for plenty more.

    Chateau Gore, near the summit of Mount Whitney, recently had its sea walls increased at a cost to the taxpayer of 25 Billion dollars. Sea level is definitely going to rise by a further 146.731 metres by next Tuesday lunchtime and Al doesn’t want any repeat of when his favourite sneakers got wet while attending the offices of his carbon trading empire. Nor would like a repeat of when the periscope on his 16by16 Hummer was damaged by wind turbine blades as he attended the christening of his 4,273rd grandchild, Gorena the 53rd.

    Meanwhile, at Gorical University, students continue their studies on computer models of polar bear cubs. Early indicators are that their survival inside test-tubes of soda pop at 47’C (the new average winter temperature of Greenland) is extremely limited. This is absolute proof the Exxon Mobil used 5 year olds inside treadmills mills to power their oil refineries – after the kids’ 3 year apprenticeship in the sludge pits of Alberta. Other research involving bits of coral and car battery acid conclusively prove that the Koch brothers really did have a spiky tails, horns and the brains of a lizard. (I only managed to glean that information by using the 10 million dollar inheritance from a recently expired relative of mine and wind turbine pioneer to breach the pay-wall at Gorical Uni – don’t tell anyone else OK?)

    As the latest photos from the orbiting International Gore Station show coral atolls disappearing at such a rate even Google can’t keep count(the number itself isn’t big enough), word is spreading that the Great Big Gore himself will appear in a 10 day TV and internet spectacular to rename Tuvalu as Waterlu. Even sceptics around the world are clambering out of their gas chambers and getting their tattoos removed in a faint hope of being able to purchase the 12,500 dollar tickets for this great event.
    Ha ha suckers, CO2 will change the world’s weather before that happens.

  66. Roger Knights says:

    Bruce Cobb says:
    July 18, 2011 at 3:40 am

    He uses Appeals to Emotion, Appeals to Authority, and Ad Hominem arguments. Only the hardcore Faithful are still taken in by that. His sell-by date has long past. He’s a loser selling a losing product. It’s embarrassing to watch.

    Inconvenient Al.

  67. Winnie the lou says:

    “Reveal the deniers!” Ha! We should have a similar slogan: “Expose the Deceivers!” “Reveal the Carbonazis” or what sounds best. Don’t let them do all the talking, ask all the questions, go on the attack! Let’s swamp these global “action points” with Gore’s volunteers with armies of Skeptics. We should be called “Science Believers” or REAL Scientists!” Call them “Science Deniers!” Never give in, never, never, never to deception coming from the likes of Globalists like Albert Gore!

  68. Belvedere says:

    They are so wrong.. We are up up for one hell of a winter i believe.. It is just a gut feeling, no science to back it up.. But the summer is so awfull here in Holland, like almost 5 degrees below normal for days now and so much rain.. Zoetermeer got pounded with 98.8 mm in one day (last thursday) wich is alot! Spring was dry, now mother Nature takes care of it.. I have never seen so much rain in summertime as this July 2011 in the Netherlands.

  69. John Cooper says:

    This is bad chakra.

  70. sceptical says:

    Good post Mr. Watts. Really sums up what is important to you, using an issue to have high blog traffic.

    REPLY: Good comment Mr. F. Really sums up what is important to you, being an anonymous, humorless troll with nothing to contribute except snark. – Anthony

  71. jeez says:

    This gets better and better.

    Here is a screen grab from the Facebook Page.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/63910162.jpg/

    They sent out 41,991 event invitations from a list of people who have liked or joined something previously, a very targeted event invite.

    No’s are running 2 to 1 against accepts, or 3% acceptance rate. Which actually means just 1 in 30 of previous followers are willing to click a button and not actually having to do anything, except feel good about themselves.

    Over 90% not responding, which is unlikely to change. Most responses occur in the first 24 hours.

    Is that New Media enough for you Chris D.?

  72. M2Cents says:

    Didn’t you report on climaterealityproject.org the day it started? I’ll bet the peak was due to all your readers checking it out to see if there was anything scientific there.

    How about a follow-up report to see if there is another bump in the graph due to his report today.

  73. w says:

    [snip - take it offline - email sent to Mr. Wiese so he can address you directly if he wishes ~mod]

  74. Chris D. says:

    jeez, I gave your screen cap a look and am wondering what how you arrived at: “No’s are running 2 to 1 against accepts”?

    6,368 attending
    1,333 maybe attending
    37,995 awaiting reply
    2,663 not attending

    Anyway, thank you for the link! It will be interesting to see how well your prediction holds up as the event draws closer.

  75. Gene Nemetz says:

    I like the side by side photos! :-)

  76. jeez says:

    Chris D.

    Boy did I have a brain f@rt on that one, still, not particularly impressive as far a multi-million dollar campaigns go. (I missed the “Attending”)

  77. bushbunny says:

    Roger on Smoking Mountain. Cold tar is also used against ring worm for dogs and cats, it isn’t
    Recommended to use all the time though. It is anti bacterial. But the Aborigines also used
    tea trees where the leaves fell into ponds, they’d bathe and help heal wounds and burns.
    But while completing my Diploma in organic agriculture (sustainable farming methodology) fumic
    and humic acid fertilizers use the water from washing coal it’s very good for adding carbon into the soil to aid the growth of plants and also more importantly microbiology that help the plants absorb minerals and nutrients. We also used a tar not sure of the name to paint on horses
    hooves against bacterial infections. Can’t remember its name though been years since I owned
    a horse. Was it Stockholm tar? Memory a bit jaded nowadays.

  78. Squidly says:

    Huh? … Al Gore launched something? … hmmm … sorry, totally missed it … guess I’ll have to catch the next one.

  79. Experts in “body language” (or gestures you do unconsciously while speaking), say that when someone raises his finger as Al Gordo and Camping are doing in the pictures, the audience or people talking with them immediately stop believing what’s beig said. It is the subconscious use of a gun to threaten people.

    Dont’ tell them or Gordo will stop doing it and people might start believeing him!!

  80. Howling Winds says:

    And Camping is far more educated than Al Gore, as Camping has an engineering degree.

  81. Roger Carr says:

    bushbunny says: (July 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm) “Was it Stockholm tar? Memory a bit jaded nowadays.”

    I’d say yes, bushbunny. Very familiar name from my boyhood in the bush.

    Pine tar has long been used in Scandinavian nations as a preservative for wood which may be exposed to harsh conditions, including outdoor furniture and ship decking and rigging. The high-grade pine tar used in this application is often called Stockholm Tar…

  82. Roger Carr says:

    “Tar” derived from coal and “tar” from pines does need to be differentiated. Al Gore is selling coal as, effectively, a poison. The myriad derivatives of coal which have positive effects (even beyond power supply) on the well-being of humanity are worth setting out from time to time to break the spell of evil some would attribute to it; and to the many who do not think beyond CO2 and catastrophe.

    A little more knowledge is a beneficial thing.

    Coal tar is a brown or black liquid of high viscosity, which smells of naphthalene and aromatic hydrocarbons. Coal tar is among the by-products when coal is carbonized to make coke or gasified to make coal gas. Coal tars are complex and variable mixtures of phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and heterocyclic compounds, about 200 substances in all.

  83. John Q. Galt says:

    “24 Hours of Reality will focus the world’s attention on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis. To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us.”

    AL GORE
    CHAIRMAN OF THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT

    #################################

    “Reveal the deniers.”

    Those three words reveal this project as a political incitement to oppression.

  84. pwl says:

    It’s no wonder that Al Gore and Harold Camping, doomsday soothsayers both, look alike and have similar body language and hand gestures. Al Gore attended a “divinity school” to be a Baptist Minister.

    “Gore enrolled in the Divinity School. “Did you want to be a minister?” the interviewer asks. “I was open to the call,” he replies. Gore admitted that he was searching for the meaning of life. “What duty do we owe to our Creator?” he had asked himself at the time.”

    So it seems that both Harold and Al are on a mission from their invisible friend. It would explain Al’s irrational ignore reality zeal.

  85. pwl says:

    “Although his parents wanted him to go to law school, Gore first attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School from 1971 to 1972 on Rockefeller Foundation scholarship for people planning secular careers. He later said he went there in order to explore “spiritual issues”,[2] and that “he had hoped to make sense of the social injustices that seemed to challenge his religious beliefs.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore#Vanderbilt_and_journalism

  86. CRS, Dr.P.H. says:

    Reality bites manbearpig. My little blog with no big bucks funding from big green and a band of volunteers gets more traffic on the day of the great announcement from Al. Believe me, I was surprised as you are.

    Congratulations, Anthony! I hadn’t even heard of Al’s effort before it floated on WUWT.

    I’ll caution everyone that the Arctic sea ice extent is heading downward, so if we surpass the record minimum extent of 2007, we’ll hear lots more blather about drowning polar bears, death spirals etc. by September 2011. I think the CAGW crowd are counting on this.

  87. APACHEWHOKNOWS says:

    Al Gore is so pastey white, looks like he does not know the sun even shines down on U.s..

    He needs to get out more, might even help him better undestand heat transfer via the sun.

  88. bushbunny says:

    Is the Gulf Stream slowing? Polar bears won’t worry they will migrate for food and lodging. I’m off to Prof Bob Carters public forum in Tamworth NSW tomorrow, and hope it doesn’t snow on the Moonbi ranges as my friends might be stuck in Tamworth at night when the road closes to traffic up to and on the Northern Tablelands.

  89. Jimbo says:

    Frank Lee MeiDere says:
    July 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I’m not sure the comparison is fair. I’m pretty sure that Camping actually believed his doomsday message.

    Never a truer word said. When you look at Gores lifestyle, private jet flights and 2 large houses (1 near the ocean with SIX fireplaces and numerous fountains) you have to wonder whether Gore is trying to fool all of the people all of the time. Gore has the co2 footprint of Godzilla.

  90. Brian Hall says:

    Jimbo;
    Another contrast: apparently De-Camping has an engineering degree. He and AlGorical should swap places.

  91. Chris D. says:

    Bumping to update on the Climate Reality event in case anyone is interested (Jeez?)

    Previously –

    6,368 attending
    1,333 maybe attending
    37,995 awaiting reply
    2,663 not attending

    Nine or so days later, as of this morning:

    17,095 attending
    2,985 maybe attending
    76,096 awaiting reply
    5,259 not attending

    Looks like a focus on continued outreach with the big bump in invitations. Perhaps I should have made a wager with Jeez.

  92. Chris D. says:

    Correction: The above update is 12 days after Jeez’s screen cap.

  93. Chris D. says:

    After another 12 days, as of today:

    22,199 attending
    4,660 maybe attending
    83,739 awaiting reply
    6,696 not attending

  94. Chris D. says:

    12 more days:

    38,407 attending
    8,647 maybe attending
    138,436 awaiting reply
    16,841 not attending

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