Gore’s a bust – a frozen one

‘Frozen Gore’ sculpture returns in Fairbanks to fuel climate change debate

Fairbanks Daily Miner  | January 5, 2010 | Jeff Richardson

FAIRBANKS – In what might become an annual tradition, an ice sculpture of former Vice President Al Gore has taken its place in front of Thrifty Liquor along Airport Way.

The two-ton “Frozen Gore” sculpture isn’t exactly a tribute. It’s a tongue-in-cheek critique of Gore’s vocal belief in man-made climate change, complete with hot air pouring out of his mouth.

Local businessmen Craig Compeau and Rudy Gavora contracted the piece from award-winning sculptor Steve Dean and say they’ll keep erecting one each winter until Gore accepts an invitation to discuss the global warming issue in Fairbanks.

“We do want to invite debate,” Compeau said. “We don’t agree with his theories — we’re suspicious of the financial motivation behind them.”

This year’s version includes special effects, thanks to a system that pipes the exhaust from a Ford F-350 out of Gore’s open mouth. Compeau will fire up the truck periodically this winter to create the “hot air” effect.

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75 thoughts on “Gore’s a bust – a frozen one

  1. Does the exhaust ever get warm enough to melt some of the ice? Having his mouth get bigger and bigger as the winter drags on might be … poetic?

  2. In spite of the current extremely cold climate around the world there are some people who consider “Al Baby”….(you won´t believe it!.)..a “climate messiah”.
    I think he doesn´t qualify for being a kind of climate “666” but only as a “333”☺

  3. I would suggest Mr.Craig Compeau to use, instead of a F-350 exhaust pipe, a cylinder with CO2 gas, in order NOT TO HEAT THE SCULPTURE UP. ( It would be an additional proof that CO2 does not heat but cools!)

  4. kwik,
    I think large parts of thr Baltic Sea and possibly even the North Sea will be iced over soon.
    No let up in the cold for at least another 10 days.

  5. If Hollywood were making a film and needed to caste someone as a Snakeoil salesman they would be hard pushed to do better than Al Gore.

  6. This is funny. Captions as if Al Gore is speaking.
    [snip. Sorry. No more Dancing Hitler videos! We’ve had about 18 thousand so far (same tune, varying lyrics). ~ Evan]

  7. It’s so cold out there I heard Al Gore is buying clear-cutting rights in the Brazillian rain forest!

  8. Barry Foster (09:29:19) :
    “Moonbat’s on one”
    When you average weather, it’s called a trend, and used to show climate change.
    Odd that climate scientists use new warm records – weather – each year as proof of global warming
    But these new cold records will have to be averaged in now.
    That is unless they fudge them too.

  9. Ron de Haan (09:10:36) : Dear Ron, after a long time trying what Pachauri’s face looked like, I have found it!. Do you remember that at the beginning of The Prophecy movie, appears an archeologist finding a statuette of the Evil One?, HE IS IT!
    The film opens with a brief prologue in a desert where Simon (Eric Stoltz), an angel, stands over the skeleton of another angel. In voiceover, he reveals that a war has broken out in Heaven and the angelic host is divided, much like in the first angelic war in which Lucifer was cast out of heaven
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prophecy ☺☺☺

  10. P Gosselin (08:52:40) :
    Actually, Alaska has been warmer than normal this year.

    or rather, not that cold

  11. “Actually, Alaska has been warmer than normal this year.”
    Certainly warmer than last year (last year was brutally cold) .. but warmer than ‘normal’?

  12. Dirk H, J Hansen got his start as an “New Ice Age” alarmist back in the 70’s. He’s renounced it since then (3-4 years ago as I recall), said it was all a mistake on someone else’s part.
    They have no shame. If the bucks start falling for global cooling, they’ll be in the vanguard.

  13. Dessler responds to Pielke Sr about water vapor feedback… an exercise that suggests one doesn’t even need a climate model to calculate the positive feedback and thus the warming is happening.
    It reminds me this Science academy member in France who wrote a mathematical demonstration about the impossibility for a biplane to fly. It was few weeks before Farman or another pioneer indeed flew his byplane… Then the same academician wrote another paper explaining why a biplane could fly.
    Dessler should understand the how the atmosphere really works before wasting our time and sucking up to the IPCC…

  14. Richard Black has now defended BBC news reporting on AGW.
    I think his comments need to be challenged and that any genuine, documented examples of bias should be raised while this subject is in the MSM.

  15. Meltdown Mann.
    Is Algore in hibernation to avoid freezer burn?
    Wonder where he left his thermostat when he left Tennessee?

  16. Am I the only one for whom the image from the article will not load?
    Love that they are using a F-350 for the “special effect.” What would have been better would have been a truck with a diesel engine. Imagine the noise it would create along with the “hot air” coming out of Albaby’s mouth. But I know you gotta go with what ya got, so an engine for a F-350 is still a wonderful prop.

  17. Our Gav is not happy so I tried to help see to bring him back on the straight and narrow, I said look Gav do not quote proper scientists on your site cos it will make you look bad, does he listen, no.
    Dear Gav
    It is along time since we got close lovely boy and I am only trying to help.
    See its like this Plass was a scientist something you are not. So why bring him in on your state funded web site to gain reflected glory, it wont work lovely boy.
    Everything you and the team have stood for is just a pile of excrement. So some people may say.
    How many r’s in resignation? Only Joking see.
    Trick or Cheat.
    ps you are an absolute becon to British Science just like your fraudulent mate Phil Jones.
    Your never listen I keep telling you the site name is spelt incorrectly for goodness sake change it to UnReal Climate. Before we get more complaints.

  18. I just read an article about Al Gore’s electrical usage (in kWH) at his residence. Recently, Al Gore has been consuming about 100 times as much electricity at his residence in a month as I do at mine in the same period. If you really want to know what is in the hearts and minds of politicians, look for clues, and size them up by what they do, not what they say. All of his actions say:
    “The Reverend Al Gore, false prophet of doom.”

  19. Maybe someone could do gores mouth and his backside as one with the same hot air spewing from both?

  20. >P Gosselin (08:52:40) :
    >Actually, Alaska has been warmer than normal this year.
    That’s a good thing. I spent 3 winters in Fairbanks as a soldier (outside for 2 week or more excercises). I don’t think that this little textbox can contain my thoughts about what I think about a winter in Alaska, so I’ll forgo them. 🙂

  21. Through satellite measurements of both the real Al (don’t ask where he is) and the ice sculpture, with correctional analysis done on my hand calculator, using tree ring data from the forest behind my house and the same trick – opps, I mean “formula” the CRU needs – opps again, “applies” to their data sets to be scientifically sure the numbers come out – “right”, I am happy to report that the core temperature of the sculpture is (or was at the time of measurement) 3.45 degrees F warmer than Al himself. Of course the anomaly is -.17 from last year so, Al is gaining.
    Of course, all of the above info is as useless to any of us as knowing the “calculated” over/under anomaly of the “calculated” average global atmospheric temperature of this hour, this day, this week, etc. last year, last decade, last century…
    While sitting around the old igloo here in Florida it makes good fodder for a short, very short, conversation and that’s about it. It does nothing to save the strawberry crop.

  22. This is the kind of garbage that is passed off as science.
    They conclude that paleo CO2 levels were “remarkably constant”, based on their estimate of past pH.
    Not one consideration of the fact that past CO2 sinks could have just kept up,
    keeping the oceans buffered, and that past pH levels would not be an indication
    of atmospheric CO2.
    http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jan-feb/085
    .

  23. latitude (10:57:56),
    You are right. Liu, et al. show large variations in ocean pH: click
    With regard to AGW, Discover magazine has no more credibility than the Weekly World News.

  24. This is art, and should be entered into an ice sculpture contest. The lefty artsy folks should love it.

  25. latitude (10:57:56) :
    You’re right. I use to enjoy reading and thought I was getting up-to-date, scientifically correct information from a number of different “science” magazines, including Discover. But their manner of reporting (if you can call it that) on AGW has caused me to question ALL of their (corrected) information, to the point that, IMHO, NONE of it can be trusted and I stopped buying them a long time ago. What amazes me is that they continue to keep their collective PC heads stuck firmly in the sand and blame the internet for their crashing circulation.

  26. There is a picture of the December anomalies, supplied by the Met Office UK at the BBC site, which shows most of the world at above normal temperatures, including NZ and Eastern Europe, for December which doesnt seem to be correct. We had a very cool December.
    Will someone tell me if it is correct, thanks? and if not pop along to the site and correct it?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8443252.stm
    (At the bottom “Why the cold weather?” – the last picture)

  27. Milwaukee Bob (11:26:29) :
    I use to enjoy reading and thought I was getting up-to-date, scientifically correct information from a number of different “science” magazines, including Discover. But their manner of reporting (if you can call it that) on AGW has caused me to question ALL of their (corrected) information, to the point that, IMHO, NONE of it can be trusted and I stopped buying them a long time ago.

    I stopped my subscription last month. I’ll never subscribe again.

  28. Al Baby’s people claim that he doesn’t own a Learjet, he flies commercially. What they leave out is the fact that he owns an old Gulfstream G-II.

  29. DirkH (09:12:02) : There is no need to, they changed to “climate change” already.
    However, in the meantime. there was a “Climate Gate” so, they, for sure, are getting new buyable “scientists”, bloggers and journalists to recruit for their “altruistic” cause of becoming the sole owners of this world.

  30. Why a sculpture? Couldnt they invite the real live Gore to go there and blow a puff or two of frosty air?

  31. Richard (11:34:12) :
    I see the point you are making. In December most of Europe and North America were basking in a heatwave.
    Silly me! I thought it was cold, but obviously I forgot to homogenise the data.

  32. P Gosselin (08:52:40) :
    Actually, Alaska has been warmer than normal this year.
    This is proof of global cooling. I am merely using the same logic which says when it is cooling, this is proof of warming.
    Alan

  33. Richard (11:34:12) wrote:
    ‘There is a picture of the December anomalies, supplied by the Met Office UK at the BBC site, which shows most of the world at above normal temperatures, including NZ and Eastern Europe, for December which doesnt seem to be correct.’
    The Met Office has just shown the last week of December, and that may explain why they have shown a warm New Zealand. Clearly, if you pick your time period ‘correctly’, you can show what you want.

  34. Does anyone else think that the sculptor has given Al Bore a distinctly Asian appearance? And those eyes, they seem to follow me as I move my head from side to side. It’s downright creepy.

  35. Andrew Francis (10:17:26) :
    Great clip of Andrew Neil on the BBC Daily Politics Show, broadcast today, grilling the UK’s warmist MET office chief about their rubbish forecasts for a barbeque summer and mild winter – and his 25% payrise – despite getting every forecast completely wrong for the last 3 years.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/the_daily_politics/8443687.stm
    Thanks for the link Andrew. It was nice to see the head of the Met squirming on his seat as Andrew Neil laid into him. Definitely one to see!

  36. A Wod (13:05:45) : The Met Office has just shown the last week of December, and that may explain why they have shown a warm New Zealand. Clearly, if you pick your time period ‘correctly’, you can show what you want.

    Yes that is true. A bit of dishonesty there.
    But I think even the last week of December is not correct for eastern Europe at least, though we may have warmed up for 4 days of that 7 to show us slightly warm, whereas we will remember December as the month where summer didnt seem to appear.

  37. Re: Andrew Francis – Andrew Neil grilling MET office chief.
    Great clip and very surprising coming from the BBC. Very well prepared interviewer and hard questions – highly recommend watching.
    Cheers
    Michael

  38. Al’s people are very adaptable. Currently, they are running around the beaches here in SE Virginia rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles. These endangered turtles, according to local water men, are about as rare as land mines in Kosovo but our local eco-heroes have them all safely ensconced in a Holiday Inn Express.
    Don’t they have some kind of rule about not thwarting Darwin?

  39. On that linked Monbiot article, the ‘weather is not climate’ argument is repeated, ad infinitum. His argument is that cold weather in Britain is not indicative of a lack of Global warming. Meanwhile, in Australia, the environment minister is loudly and proudly proclaiming that a warmer than (1961-90) average in 2009 is proof of global warming. So it seems that cold weather in one country is not proof of a lack of global warming, but warm weather in another country is proof of global warming. Talk about having it both ways.
    On the bright side, Monbiot has effectively denied himself the chance of ever linking warmer weather to global warming ever again. If he ever posts an article on a heat wave somewhere, and links it to global warming, all that needs to be done is to remind him of this article.
    On another point, the pro-AGW comments on his article show the usual mud slinging, shills of the oil company, deniers, anti-scientists, the science is settled etc. One commenter even claims to have read all the UEA emails and sees nothing wrong at al. Not one of them attempts to provide a shred of evidence, it’s all just name calling and cliche repeating. I don’t think this thing will ever be sorted out and put behind us. Some kind of massive breakthrough in public conciousness is needed, something like a ‘convenient truth’ movie or something.

  40. brc (15:10:03) : On that linked Monbiot article, the ‘weather is not climate’ argument is repeated, ad infinitum. His argument is that cold weather in Britain is not indicative of a lack of Global warming. Meanwhile, in Australia, the environment minister is loudly and proudly proclaiming that a warmer than (1961-90) average in 2009 is proof of global warming. So it seems that cold weather in one country is not proof of a lack of global warming, but warm weather in another country is proof of global warming. Talk about having it both ways.
    ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’ is not a scientific theory at all as it not falsifiable. It therefore belongs in the same category of pseudoscience and quackery as astrology. With the added advantage that its predictions cannot be “proven” wrong till a Century later. (After all even if the temperature doesnt increase and the ice doesnt melt and sea levels dont rise after 99 years, it could possibly all happen in the 100th year). Thus warmists turn around and say “prove us wrong – you cant”. How very right the “theory” is not falsifiable – like God.
    But in the public perception heat waves and cold waves are important. Only the most die-hard warmist would stick to his guns if the winter snow didnt melt till April or May for example.

  41. brc (15:10:03) :
    Monbiot fails the Hemispere Test.
    If the Northern Hemisphere in general has a colder winter than it has a warmer summer, that means that the N.H. has cooled, and AGW is false, for C02 rises.
    It’s not even as kind as that: The current N.H. winter is far colder than the summer was late to the dance/early to exit.
    AGW is cold-swamped and freeze-dried.

  42. Nashville, TN where Gore lives, is rather chilly this winter. The NWS forecast is for a low of 22 deg F overnight and a high of 31 tomorrow with 100% chance of snow. Average temps (1979 to 2000) for this date are a a low of 28 and high of 45 according to the NWS:
    http://www.weather.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=ohx
    On Saturday, the forecast is for a low of 7 and a high of 20.

  43. I think the sculpture also needs to show the amount he earns from carbon trading and other activities created due to the fear of AGW.
    [ perhaps that’s the intensity of the green color 😉 -mod ]

  44. I think some math needs to be applied to this. Back of the Envelope (BOE):
    1000 kg = 1 ton, 2 tons = 2000 kg.
    1 kg (water) = 1 liter = 1 quart. 4 quarts = 1 gallon.
    2000 kg = 500 gallons. Roughly.
    Or we could stick to traditional measures.
    1 pint (water) = 1 pound. 2 tons = 4000 lbs = 4000 pints.
    2 pints = 1 qt. 8 pints = 1 gallon.
    Yep. 500 gallons.
    I wonder if a suitable mold couldn’t be designed? Or how about an ice cube tray. Great for global warming summer parties.

  45. Maybe this sculpture could qualify to receive “public arts” funding from Uncle Sugar’s National Endowment for the Arts, or from the state?
    If, so then let there be two, three, many such ice capades, portraying Suzuki, Hansen, etc. all over the land, like amber waves of grain. (Maybe building them could be art-student projects at colleges.) Or perhaps these could be easier-to-do and more temporary snowmen, constructed using the “Eskimold” kit.

  46. If any of you are tempted to donate money to Oxfam read the following letter which appeared in the local newspaper in Norwich tonight. This “charity” gets a significant proportion of its funding from UK government and EU sources, by the way.
    After a disastrous 2009, the new year offers new hope in many respects. And while the UN climate talks in Copenhagen ended with a “historic cop-out”, as Oxfam describes it, there is much reason to believe that 2010 will be different.
    The politicians meeting in Denmark’s capital may have huffed, puffed, squabbled and gesticulated, but tens of thousands of ordinary people like me gathered there with a common purpose: solving this climate crisis. We had no other interest besides solving a global problem threatening us all – including us in Norfolk.
    The so-called “Copenhagen Accord” stated “the desire to keep warming below two degrees”, but put in place no commitment, and no method by which to do so. As one observer commented: “If the climate were a bank it would have been saved: not abandoned to the brutality of the market.”
    If temperatures increase two degrees, it will cause sea levels to rise by more than two metres – swamping the Norfolk Broads, flooding the Thames Estuary and inundating our south-eastern coastline. London, Portsmouth, and much of Kent will need vast new flood defences.
    But at least we have the resources to protect ourselves. In developing countries, 300,000 people are dying every year from increased drought, severe flooding, water and food shortages and tropical storms. So, as campaigners like me gathered at Copenhagen, we knew that time was running out.
    While the UN summit ended in failure, our own “Peoples Summit” was a success. In solidarity, in unity, fighting for a common cause, we built huge momentum for the future. We protested, we networked, discussed real solutions and produced better outcomes on our own than any politician could manage.
    We realised that 2009 was not the end but just the beginning. It saw the world’s biggest demonstration against climate change. It saw 1.5 million people gather at Oxfam’s climate hearings held all over the world, to testify against the global warming impacts they are feeling right now. The summit at Copenhagen, far from weakening our resolve, made us stronger. So, we go forward into 2010 knowing that while there is work still to do, in order to get the fair and safe global deal we all need, and while a fresh approach and new direction is called for, we are better placed and better equipped to succeed than ever before.
    James Cracknell, Oxfam campaigner for Norfolk.

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