Gore-a-thon: Finis

Thanks to everyone who participated. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming. But, you can still review all the great cartoons from Josh.

I’m happy to tell you that all of the Gore-a-thon posts and cartoons are now available in the Climate Fail Files page here. Enjoy! They are also available via the category selector for “Gore-a-thon” on the right sidebar

My sincere thanks to Josh. His efforts have given WUWT the best traffic day since Climategate.

I welcome your impressions of the event in comments.

I’ve had enough Gore for 24 hours, I’m going to take a breather. Be sure to see Willis’ most recent post for some interesting findings.

-Anthony

84 thoughts on “Gore-a-thon: Finis

  1. I’ve been too busy the last 24 to pay as much attention as I’d like, but I’ll catch up in the car on the way down to Simi Valley tomorrow!

  2. I convinced that if all the presenters built roller coasters instead of global warming presentations to scare the crap out of people, they’d get more return and new customers. Think of them as Climate Carnies.

  3. The whole thing felt cultist. They didn’t really present much science. Mostly “open-mindedness” and feelings.

  4. Absolutely Gore-geous! Al’s pecuniary and involuted policies laid bear before the world. You did great work in humourising this Gore-a-thon. Thanks.

  5. What if Al Gore paired up with a Republican/conservative, like Jon Huntsman? Or maybe John McCain, if he still supports something similar to the Climate Stewardship Act.

  6. Thanks for the WUWT coverage, the funny posts and most of all Josh’s cartoons (though I was secretly hoping Theo might bite Al before the end or indeed in his end).

    All I can say about CRP is if that is how they intend to convince the World on AGW – they got nuttin’

  7. I watched a few segments, for short stints at least. I saw a lot of claims about all of the extreme weather in the past year being due to climate change, these were repeated over and over. At least two presenters gave the same presentation of “Somewhere out there is a world where all sorts of bad stuff isn’t happening, but not here”. Then there was a video from Bill Nye Climate Guy (formerly known as The Science Guy) Guy) in one of the last hours where he just plain, summarized all of the extremist claims. This can be seen in Hour 23, 6:30 minutes in in this link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17293770

  8. Many thanks to both Anthony and Josh for their humorous and informative effort.

    One big difference I see between the “skeptics” and the AGW supporters is what has been shown here – the skeptical position just wants to get it right wherever that may lead. Is the temperature warming or cooling? The Ice melting somewhere or becoming more extensive and thicker? Oceans rising or falling? Oceans getting warmer or cooler? Atmospheric CO2 levels rising or falling? Anthropogenic CO2 emissions making a difference to the levels in the atmosphere?

    Whatever. Let the truth and the data and the facts take us where they will.

    On the other hand, the AGW supporters only want what they say is happening – anthropogenic CO2 emissions are causing warming which will cause catastrophic events – to be what is believed, regardless of what the truth and the data and the facts may show.

    While WUWT shines, Al Gore’s “CRP” remains dull.

  9. Congratulatons Anthony! The Gore-a-thon was a tremendous success. This is a classic!

    An earlier comment about a book. That should seriously be a consideration. Anthony has presented a lot of interesting information in the 24 hous of gore.

    A quick look at the graph (viewer ratings) in the previous post may suggest that a number of skeptical viewers were absent from WUWT while watching gore’s show. Now that the show is over I project that the ratings on WUWT will spike while gore’s site plummets as the real discussions begin here. You’re not supposed to talk during the show, don’t ya know.

    And we all need to remember that Gore made it all possible.

  10. AlexS says:
    September 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    > Gore doesn’t deserves all this attention.

    He didn’t get it here. Instead, we have 24 posts that make a great introduction to many facets of our climate.

  11. A real gem is when Miss Rhode Island turns to Higgins and says that he’s the scientist … after he’d been floundering for an answer … and was still expecting an answer. A real bimbo to himbo moment.

  12. Anthony and Josh, you deserve a huge round of applause. This effort must be some sort of blog-making history. When you think of the “machine” that went into organising the Borathon, and yet it still couldn’t get up to WUWT traffic figures, you should be justifiably proud of yourselves. If the 105 days of viewing figures are right, it would infer that at any given time only 105 were watching. That’s not much considering that probably half of those were skeptics. How about adopting Theo as the WUWT mascot?

  13. I’m the only CAGW CACC CACD skeptic I know in real life… and I think I’m the only one who even heard anything about the Goreathon.

  14. I wonder what happened to revealing all the “deniers”? Did I miss something?

    Great job Josh and Anthony!

  15. Perhaps they should have called it the
    Climate
    Reality
    Awareness
    Project

    It would have provided a more appropriate acronym

  16. Looking at the acronym for the Climate Reality Project I can’t help feeling it would be better named the Climate Reality Action Project. I wonder if Algore considered this option? It sounds great!

    Many many thanks to you all for great summary of the situation. As Graeme says above, it would work up into a very good book..Josh is very talented.

  17. Anthony–can you tell us what the Blog Stat count was at when this Gore-a-thon began vs the 88,557,199 tally now? The difference would indicate how many stopped by to get a clearer perspective of Clmate Reality.

    paulhan says:
    September 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm


    How about adopting Theo as the WUWT mascot?

    We should actually consider Gore himself as our new mascot–he’s driven more people toward the climate realist position than just about anybody I know. For that, he should forever be enshrined–Just not certain what a proper name might be (“manbearpig” is way too presumptous).

  18. Wow, what a chronicle! Fantastic job Anthony, Josh and mods!

    I wonder who had more traffic: The Gore-a-thon or WUWT’s coverage of the Gore-a-thon?

  19. This excretory function was a Bore-athon indeed, but a purposeful, willful one in all its asininity. As Samuel Johnson said, “Such stupidity, Sir, is not in nature.”

  20. well the reality in australia is we’re getting capntax no matter which party is in power. here’s the Opposition on ABC last nite:

    15 Sept: ABC Lateline: Turnbull on media, tax and Kevin Rudd
    TONY JONES: OK. I mean, you’ve already committed yourself once to a BIPARTISAN plan for a CPRS and you argue it has a lot in common with the Government’s plan …
    MALCOLM TURNBULL: I don’t argue it; it obviously does. I mean, I’m not going to – if someone asks me a question, I’m not – look, I’m not – I’ve been through the pain barrier, Tony. I don’t – I’m not going to stand up there and give slippery, disingenuous answers.
    If somebody asks me a question, straight question and says, “Does this scheme have lot in common with Rudd’s CPRS and the ETS that John Howard was proposing to introduce?” The truthful answer is yes. They’ve all got a lot in common. They’ve all got differences and some of those differences are more significant than others, but, you know, ultimately at the core there is a ****cap-and-trade scheme and there’s a commonality.
    They’ve been DESIGNED BY THE SAME PEOPLE. The same team that worked for us worked for Rudd and have worked for Gillard, so – but that’s beside the point. I’m not going to sit here and mislead you and try to suggest that there’s some – you know, it’s a completely different creature.
    Yes, it’s got a lot of differences and, you know, we could talk about them for hours. But, fundamentally, they’re very similar….

    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3318972.htm

    the anti carbon tax movement in australia has been misdirected in a sense, which is a pity.

  21. yes!!! take the poster bear for the sceptics – the team lost it on their own back rank to a pawn, so you can claim it!!!
    make the polar bear the sceptical mascot, yes!!!
    leave the awg poodle for them – they’ll be lonely.

  22. The worm has turned Mr. Gore. Even the progressives in my town don’t believe you any more. Unless you can deliver Gay Marriage to them you’re finished here in the SF Bay Area. Good Night.

  23. Al Gore is currently claiming 8.6 million ‘views’ – whatever that is – I reckon that includes a hell of a lot of scripts and web crawlers..

    Anyway check out this http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17294584#utm_campaign=synclickback&source=http://climaterealityproject.org/video/hour-24-new-york/?template=basic&medium=17294584

    Notice the view count – 1,707 Live Views – also look at the panel on the RHS and do some mental maths – you have 9 hours totally say 3000 views to be generous.

    I make that a whooping 8000 views TOPS for the 24 hours from the archive.

    Then if one looks at http://www.ustream.tv/user/climatereality/info-stats

    we have 484,371 unique views – so I make a grand total of 492,371 unique views of the videos, assuming no double counting going on.

    Al where is the other 8.1 Million ‘views’ ???

  24. Loved Josh’s cartoons! Farewell Theo!
    Thankfully my only knowledge of the Gore-a-thon was through WUWT, reality is still intact!
    Nice to see that while it was on though, the Gore effect saved the Arctic ice extent…

  25. Stunning work Anthony and Josh! Now go to bed for a little while!

    As touched upon before, an excellent refutation of CAGW contained within this series of posts. There’s so much more within WUWT that goes beyond that though – not just a refutation of the tenets of Al’s Sermons, but details of the basis for a TRUE understanding of what drives our climates. Don’t ever expect that from those who obsess over plant food.

  26. otter17 says:
    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm
    What if Al Gore paired up with a Republican/conservative, like Jon Huntsman? Or maybe John McCain, if he still supports something similar to the Climate Stewardship Act.

    You obviously have no idea what a Conservative is.

  27. Anthony

    You really deserve the Golden Order of the Cactus Coated Enema Bag for enduring the unimaginably excruciating on behalf of us all. The ultimate example of taking one for the team. Get some rest you deserve that also, and thanks for illuminating so clearly once again the very fundamental difference between the protagonists in this climate drama.

    Josh

    Many thanks to you as well for your very creative and humorous work. Hang on to that Theo, I suspect we could have witnessed the birth pangs of the next Opus or Hobbes today.

  28. They should have called in Jerry Lewis – he’s looking for work. What an epic fail that was. I wonder what it impact was on the global power grid.

  29. Yeah, verily, upon September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm otter17 saith:

    What if Al Gore paired up with a Republican/conservative, like Jon Huntsman? Or maybe John McCain, if he still supports something similar to the Climate Stewardship Act.

    Or some (Hyper Partisan) Right Wing Christian Nut Job like Pol Pot?

  30. I second Dave Wendt’s comments–Anthony, you and Josh were outstanding. I’m betting Al Gore is not sleeping well tonight from an expose`of this magnitude.

  31. Thank you to everyone who has commented on this 24 hour blog, I have nothing further to add except to say I’m so pleased to know I am not the only person that thinks the way I do.

  32. Anthony and Josh’s “Gore-a-Thon” was a newsworthy response to an international event.

    But it appears that Google has completely filtered out any relationship between Gore’s CRP and WUWT in toto from Google News.

    Google, are you censoring the news?

    Your search – gore crp wattsupwiththat – did not match any documents.

    Suggestions:
    •Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
    •Try different keywords.
    •Try more general keywords.
    •Try fewer keywords.

  33. Hmm, a lot of hate towards Al Gore, but it seems from what I saw of the Climate Reality presentations Al seemed quite charitable towards deniers. He makes the case that National Academies of Science from around the world support the premise that human CO2 emissions are causing the Earth to warm. It sounds like he doesn’t see deniers as enemies, just as future partners to help solve a problem.

    I never followed politics all that well when I was younger, so I just don’t get where the Al Gore hating is coming from here.

  34. The really important questions are “Why did Gore do this?”, “Who paid for it?”, “Why the Big Media re-attack now?” “Why now?” “Why the non-science, touchy-feely emotion based arguments?” “What’s going on behind the scenes to make all this happen?” This is not just Gore. and….”What’s next?” This is clearly some sort of campaign. “What’s the objective of this new AGW campaign?

  35. @otter17: you must not be paying attention. It’s not that anyone “hates” Al Gore. The problem is, he lacks intellectual honesty AND has entered realms of science he knows nothing about. Worse, Al Gore has refused to debate AGW skeptics, so it’s irrelevant to say that he’s being “charitable” toward them. The Royal Society in London, the world’s oldest scientific society , has a Latin motto that translates to “No one gets the last word”. Al Gore thinks HE is the last word. Science doesn’t work that way. Pointing to the National Academy of Sciences for making his case is nothing more than the logical fallacy called “appeal to authority”. Go google “Ivar Giaever” to see why the claim of scientific consensus is a steaming load. Wise up.

  36. Just want to jump in a try to correct an error without having to go to court about it.

    I do not hate Al Gore. Never have, never will.

    But I do strongly dislike (“hate” if you must) every thing he has doe from expropriating the work we did to create the Internet to causing me a lot of money with this “global warming” nonsense.

    If I was going to hate somebody, it would be the people that have profited from all of his nonsense.

  37. Ivar Giaever, while being an accomplished scientist, is not a climate expert and his reasons for quitting the APS seem almost petulant, given that he didn’t give any real rebuttal of AGW except that it was his opinion that the global temperature is stable.
    He failed to point out, or may be unaware that three-quarters of the increase he noted has happened in the last 50 years and that the increase in that time period is quite significant on a global scale.

  38. D Marshall says

    ” Ivar Giaever, while being an accomplished scientist, is not a climate expert and his reasons for quitting the APS seem almost petulant, given that he didn’t give any real rebuttal of AGW except that it was his opinion that the global temperature is stable.
    He failed to point out, or may be unaware that three-quarters of the increase he noted has happened in the last 50 years and that the increase in that time period is quite significant on a global scale.”

    * * *

    Ivar Giaver is an a physicist. That means they have first hand knowledge of how the physical world really works. That’s a pretty big qualification, I must say. In fact, James Hansen, the father of AGW, himself is a physicist, and not a climatologist. That apparently doesn’t discredit him from running the NASA GISS unit.
    As for your second comment, please explain how the roughly 0.8 degrees the temperature is generally believed to have risen in the past century is ” significant on a global scale.”

  39. Otter 17 said

    ” Hmm, a lot of hate towards Al Gore, but it seems from what I saw of the Climate Reality presentations Al seemed quite charitable towards deniers. He makes the case that National Academies of Science from around the world support the premise that human CO2 emissions are causing the Earth to warm. It sounds like he doesn’t see deniers as enemies, just as future partners to help solve a problem.”

    * * *
    Yeah, apart from comparing sceptics to racists, tobacco companies, and let’s not forget this little ditty,

    Yeah, he definitley sees sceptics as ” future partners”.
    As long as we buy him another mansion, anyway.

  40. Anthony and Josh a very big thank you and well done. I have nearly managed to read the flood of informative information presented here in the usual excellent fashion.

    When you have one man wagging his finger at you, telling you your a bad human being.

    And one places there arm around your shoulders and helps you understand.

    I know which one I would listen to.

    I wonder if RC or SS will rebuttal your 24 posts? and with facts or emotions?

  41. And sorry don’ like to dictate (Al?) but whack an open thread up and take the weekend off not a single fan of your blog would be-grudge you after the 24 hours you just endured.

    Plus throwing a pig skin round the back garden might be a good break from the flicker-flicker monitor.

  42. Thanks Anthony & Josh for this excellent work. I’m just awakening now, but have checked the Portuguese newspapers. Not a single reference!
    I bet Theo will have a brilliant future…
    Ecotretas

  43. I really would have preferred it if you had just ignored this load of rubbish. Even the BBC don’t appear to have mentioned it at all, I think the largest publicity has come from WUWT. Gore and his zombies talking rubbish for 24 hours is not even funny, it’s just pathetic and doesn’t deserve comment.

  44. “My sincere thanks to Josh. His efforts have given WUWT the best traffic day since Climategate.”

    Well, I think sincere thanks are due to you as well, Anthony – for providing this ‘venue’.
    I hope you’re going to take the whole weekend off after this mammoth session, as well as Josh, who needs to recuperate as well.

    I’m not surprised that this ….-a-thon has resulted in such fabulous traffic since ClimateGate.
    The combination of laughter and learning is simply irresistible. So thank you to all the commenters here who provided such great additional information – and thank you to all you mods, keeping these 24 hours-a-thon on track.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, but I’m not going to thank that manbearpig, even though without his ‘idea’ this would not have happened.

    Bye-bye, Theo – enjoy the red herrings. Must have been really hard to spend 24 hours in the company of you-know-whom.

  45. Strangely “The Goreacle” website now clains that …….. “By the time our chairman, former Vice President Al Gore finished his presentation, the 24 hour long event had 8.6 million views.” Yet the Ustream Counter now seems to have been “updated” and showing …..

    Stats
    Total views (all shows): 532,843
    Total viewer hours (all shows): 16165 days, 21 hours, 28 minutes
    Total unique views: 484,371
    ( http://www.ustream.tv/user/climatereality/info-stats )

    Seems like all these extra folks were “driven” there by
    links from blogs like this one & Climate Depot & etc.

    A strange anomaly though is seen at Alexa stats,
    where a single query is responsible for much of these visitors.

    Query Percent of Search Traffic
    1 we 25.75%
    2 the climate reality project 20.79%
    3 reality 11.26%
    4 climate reality project 4.92%
    5 alliance for climate protection 3.67%
    6 climate reality projec 3.65%
    7 the climate project 1.65%
    ( http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/climaterealityproject.org )

    Who is “we” ? Who searches for “we” anyway ?
    When I searched with Google, Bing, Yahoo, and indeed
    *ANY* other search engine for “we”, there is NO mention
    of AL Gore or his climate reality project, even on page 5
    of the results. What is the explanation for this ?

    Shomthing Shtinks Here ???

    We should be told !!!

  46. Looks like it was a bigtime floparoonie according to the amount of UK news coverage. Bar a plug last night on the World Service, a splendidly vituperative piece by James Delingpole in the Telegraph and even a not quite sure about it bit in the Grauniad it made no impact at all. Zip, zilch, nada. l’AlGore zero points.

    I guess he’ll just fly home in his private jet to his huge beachside property and wonder why the public are so fickle as to ignore the Great Director and Prophet. Poor Al.

  47. RockyRoad says:
    September 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Anthony–can you tell us what the Blog Stat count was at when this Gore-a-thon began vs the 88,557,199 tally now? The difference would indicate how many stopped by to get a clearer perspective of Climate Reality.

    Daily data is on my Guide to WUWT, give it another day or so to settle.

    Sep 15 (Gee, I forget what time!) 88,591,039 cumulative views, 190K incremental
    Sep 14: 88,407,218, 120K
    Sep 13: 88,284,344, 90K
    Sep 12: 88,191,969

    Typically there’s some 80-100 kiloviews per day.

    BTW, it’s a good idea to periodically check the top and right side navigation bars. How many people know there’s a glossary off the “Resources” pulldown?

  48. There was a light frost seen by me on my way to a goose hunt yesterday morning in northern Illinois. That’s one of the earliest that I remember. Al Gore is sucking up all the hot air.

  49. WUWT & Josh,

    Thanks for giving the coverage of the 24hrs.

    But it was like watching submarine races. : )

    John

  50. J. Felton says on September 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm


    Yeah, apart from comparing sceptics to racists, tobacco companies, and let’s not forget this little ditty,

    Algore’s actual words/ditty colorfully ‘done up’ in a mild ‘rap format’ by our poster Elmer:

    .

  51. Dr. Curry posted this on Climate Etc.
    =======

    “Nature News Blog has a post on comments from invited experts on the Gore-a-thon (including moi)”

    http://bit.ly/qDHZvA

    “Von Storch has some interesting comments”

    =======

  52. I say we need a real, truly robust science of climate, one that includes factors from astronomy, geology, jet streams, gulf streams, precipitation, vulcanism, etc. etc., before we can possibly know if human activity even has a chance of impacting vast natural processes. Nothing on the horizon, certainly nothing at Algore’s fun and games. :(

  53. I just received this email. LOL – It should be pointed out – I never even went to their web page presentation.

    Dear Kim [ redacted ],

    You made yesterday a success.

    In the months that went into planning 24 Hours of Reality, I saw firsthand the passion and energy of our Climate Presenters, staff and partners around the globe who are calling attention to the climate crisis and working to solve it.

    Yesterday, I was honored to see your passion and your energy. I can’t thank you enough for making 24 Hours of Reality a global success.

    By the time our chairman, former Vice President Al Gore finished his presentation, the 24 hour long event had 8.6 million views.

    I am incredibly proud that so many people around the world participated, but it’s also important to remember the individual actions it represents. There are countless stories of impressive grassroots mobilization. A company in Tel Aviv hosted a watch party at their headquarters. A group of graduate students in Athens, Georgia rented out a popular local movie theater. People across the world joined hands to say: Climate change is real, it’s happening now and the time to act is now.

    But this is just the beginning. There are important actions you can take today:
    Request a presentation. There are more than 3,000 trained Climate Presenters around the globe. Organize an event and invite a Presenter to come to your community.
    Go local: Team up with our partners around the world and help solve the climate crisis. Visit our website to find a partner organization near you.
    Moving Planet: On September 24, hit the streets with 350.org for a global day of action. Find an activity near you.
    Check our comprehensive video library to watch highlights from 24 Hours of Reality.

    It is up to you to continue to stand up for reality and share the truth about the climate crisis. We will succeed because we must. Thank you,

    Maggie L. Fox
    President and CEO
    The Climate Reality Project”

    WUWT? I never gave them my email, even

  54. This ustream stats page shows only 484,371 unique views of the Climate Reality Project videos.

    http://www.ustream.tv/user/climatereality/info-stats

    I believe prior to the 24 hour show, this stat was at ~ 24,000, based on views of other prior videos.

    So the video provider is showing only 460k unique viewers, and 500k total views.

    This is a huge discrepancy with the claimed 8M, or even “Millions” as stated on the current website.

  55. funnybusiness says:
    September 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    This ustream stats page shows only 484,371 unique views of the Climate Reality Project videos.
    =======
    I attended the 2pm PT session and the last session on the 16th and was gobstruck at how low the number of views were. At 3pm PT the site stated just less than 7M views, by the end at 5pm PT it was about 8.6M views. I found it very curious that 1.6M views occurred in the last 2 hours.

    Anthony later reported the Ustream numbers which conflict with views reported on the Climate Reality Project page but alluded to the idea that the Climate Reality Project page was actually reporting views of Ustream as well as hits on Twitter and probably Facebook which are second hand information.

    The part I find to be telling, 484,371 unique views related to 532,843 total views of the Ustream sessions. This means only 484,371 people actually took the time to view a session and, of the group that did, only 48,472 bothered to view more than once. Subtract the 24k hits before the webcast started and we’ve got a program that turned the entire audience Off.

    Its a stretch of the imagination to believe the 484,371 keep the session rolling for 24 hours.

    24 hours of Climate Reality with Al Gore was DOA.

  56. Maybe this is worth revisiting? Ustream says a view is “Unique Viewers refers to the actual number of viewers you had from unique locations. Total Viewers refers to the total number of views your stream received. For example, if a viewer started watching your stream, left, and came back ten times it would count as one unique view but ten total views.”

    http://helpcenter.ustream.tv/category/tags/viewing-rates

    http://www.ustream.tv/user/climatereality

    This shows that they had just one ’24 hour show’ on for that full period.

    And they claim “MILLIONS WATCHED”

    http://climaterealityproject.org/

    ‘Watched’ surely doesn’t include facebook and twitter – and in fact there’s no way to get page views from those services in any case.

    So I certainly think there’s no obvious explanation for the ustream stats vs. what is claimed – am I missing something?

  57. May our deepest thanks reach the champion of all sceptics, the only one who made possible to convince the whole world of the impossibility of global warming/climate change: Professor Albert Gore, self proclaimed inventor of the internet and nobel laureate. May he rest in the peace of oblivion, with all his loving comrades, and species in danger of total disappearence, his most dear polar bears and liberal companions.

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