Doctor Gore: a good idea? – poll disagrees

From a University of Tennessee press release: Former VP Gore to Receive Honorary Doctorate from UT Knoxville

Former Vice President Al Gore

KNOXVILLE — Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will be honored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with only the third honorary degree granted by the campus. The degree was approved by the UT Board of Trustees at their meeting Feb 26th.

Gore will receive the degree — an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology — at the spring commencement exercises of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 14. He will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, addressing graduates and their families along with the gathered faculty.

“Vice President Gore’s career has been marked by visionary leadership, and his work has quite literally changed our planet for the better,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history, and it is fitting that he should be honored by the flagship education institution of his home state.”

Gore, whose career in public service and business has spanned four decades, is currently chairman of Current TV, an Emmy-award-winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. He also serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing.

Gore’s appreciation and personal interest in the institution of higher education is apparent as he serves as faculty member/visiting professor at various institutions across the country. A UT Knoxville faculty member holds the Nancy Gore Hunger Chair for Excellence in Environmental Studies, endowed by Gore to honor his late sister. Gore also is a distinguished member of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy’s board of directors and honorary co-chair of the Tennessee 4-H Club Foundation Inc. with UT Extension.

Gore, a native of Carthage, Tenn., was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the U.S. on Jan. 20, 1993, and served eight years in that office. During that time, Gore was a central member of President Clinton’s economic team. He served as president of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as the leader of a wide range of administration initiatives. Prior to his service as vice president, Gore was twice elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, in 1984 and 1990, and represented Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District — the seat held by his father, Al Gore Sr., before his own service in the Senate — in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1982.

He received a degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1969. After graduation, he volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, Gore became an investigative reporter with the Tennessean in Nashville, where he also attended Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School and then Law School.

Gore was the co-winner, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change. He is the author of the best-selling books “Earth in the Balance” and “An Inconvenient Truth” and also is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.

In addition to his roles with Current TV and Generation Investment Management, Gore is a member of the board of directors of Apple Inc., a senior adviser to Google Inc., and a partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and chairs the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization designed to help solve the climate crisis.

He and his wife, Tipper, live in Nashville. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Gore will join entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton and former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. as the only recipients of honorary degrees from UT Knoxville.

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Now here’s the interesting thing. The Knoxville News Sentinel ran an op ed saying “Al Gore a fine choice for honorary degree” and at the same time ran a reader poll on their website.

Here’s the results as of 10:30PM PST 3/3/10

As far as I know, there’s been no effort by anyone to flood the poll, I learned about it only as I’m writing this entry. Maybe too many people saw him interview with Conan O’Brien a few weeks back. You can vote if you wish here.

h/t to Leif Svalgaard

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295 thoughts on “Doctor Gore: a good idea? – poll disagrees

  1. Sorry but I couldn’t resist.
    So this makes him the third big boob to receive this “honor”
    REPLY: Fourth actually. There are no uniboobs.

  2. Honorary degrees are almost always motivated by political maneuvering. The timing of this one is a bit weird, though. Why now? What’s in it for UT Knoxville?

  3. Is this the same Al Gore that lost the Presidency in 2000 by losing his own state?
    The same Al Gore whose absence from the Tennessee Museum in Nashville is a reminder of the respect of his fellow Tennesseans?
    Possibly the same Al Gore who was born, not in Tennessee, but Washington, DC and who grew up not in Tennessee, but Washington?

  4. This is really really disappointing. A doctorate is given to people for making a significant contribution to human knowledge, not for alarmism, lies and political advocacy. Looks like we have an entire university administration that doesn’t seem to know what science is. No offence intended to individual staff at UT.

  5. Actually, I suspect there is a bit of backslapping going on here, as usual:
    One could probably dig a bit and find a substantial “arrangement” with the “life-sciences” and Al Gore’s projects
    Of course, this is pure speculation on my part.
    Quote: from
    http://chancellor.utk.edu/search/finalists/cheek/index.shtml

    Jimmy G. Cheek is Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida. Appointed in January 2005, he is the administrative head of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) which includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, elements of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, 13 Research and Education Centers throughout Florida, and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service with offices in each of the state’s 67 counties. Last year, IFAS expenditures were approximately $300 million, over half of which was non-state appropriations. IFAS employs 1,160 faculty and 1,275 staff

  6. The only question worth asking is: how will this affect the football team? Other than the gridiron Volunteers, UTK has no there there.

  7. That paper should be thankful Anthony didn’t see this around 4:30 pm EST or they would have been swamped by people heading over to cast a vote.

  8. heh……..
    Pretty much sums up the state of this farce…..
    The Science says: 1 degree …… the forcing hypothesis predicted by the models has proven itself a fiction over time……
    Skeptics and Warmists are wallowing round in the mud over data that lies well within the error bars…..
    The science is now a non issue…..Al Gore, Jo Romm etc have successfully hijacked science and turned it into pure propaganda.
    Given that the only coverage of the science is propaganda, why would Al getting honorary credentials even though he thinks the globe is ‘several million degrees just 2km’s below the earths’ surface be a surprise?
    Jo Romm said in an interview the other day that the ice melt from Greenland would raise sea levels by 250 feet and not one person has pulled him up on the fact that he’s out by a factor of 10…..
    If it wasn’t so hilarious it would be hilarious!
    Worst thing about all this is that if you look at the ACTUAL science, warmists and Skeptics are at almost exactly the same place…..the real argument is feedback factors as I see it……
    People like Al Gore make things so much worse by spewing complete BS…they are the reason why this scam is a scam….. people want to spend trillions because they think things are worse than the science says….
    Ho Hum……

  9. I find there is a strange symmetry between fellow graduates. At my ceremony an honorary doctorate was awarded to Brian Rix. Many aspects of my life have been a farce ever since. No offence to Ms Parton, who is a deserved legend in country music if you like that sort of thing. But maybe Gore will look more and more of tit as time goes by.

  10. They got to be kidding. It was bad enough to make the Nobel Prize a joke; now PhD degrees? It would be an offense of the highest order to all honest and true PhD’s. But then I’m not surprised. Once Obama was given the Nobel Prize for doing nothing apart from winning an election, I suppose anything goes from now on. The world has indeed gone mad. Enjoy the ride; it will get much worse.

  11. I personally think that an honorary doctorate is hardly justified, but if they were to award him a BS degree that would be something I could get behind.

  12. This is reported here in Australia
    http://www.news.com.au/business/hurricane-katrina-victims-to-sue-greenhouse-gas-emitters-afp/story-e6frfm1i-1225837005620
    VICTIMS of Hurricane Katrina from Mississippi are seeking to sue carbon gas-emitting multinationals for helping fuel global warming and boosting the devastating 2005 storm, legal documents showed.
    The class action suit brought by residents from southern Mississippi, which was ravaged by hurricane-force winds and driving rains, was first filed just weeks after the August 2005 storm hit.
    “The plaintiffs allege that defendants’ operation of energy, fossil fuels, and chemical industries in the United States caused the emission of greenhouse gasses that contributed to global warming,” say the documents, seen by AFP

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    Maybe Albert should sign up for a basic science class. Throw in Statistics for Dummies, too.
    btw, I enjoy Phil’s mom’s posts on Bishop Hill. Perhaps Albert’s mom could be persuaded to post a note here about her boy’s adventures.

  14. (Sigh)…..Mr. Cheeks, I could really say a lot of things right now, but I’ll start with these: 1) Al Gore surely does not have visionary leadership; 2) his “work” has not changed our planet for the better, but for the worse; 3) I have serious doubts that he is one of the most respected Tennesseans in state history; 4) Do his “accomplishments” include the fact that he never took an introductory Earth science course?
    And of course, I’m leaving these comments on a website that Mr. Cheek will almost certainly never check in his lifetime, so it all amounts to barking at a brick wall. The “wisdom” of American academia…..
    One of the four corners of deceit, as Rush says.

  15. The view from Australia is that Al Gore is a carpet bagger, a flim flam artist. Why would any reputable establishment even let him talk, let alone give him an honorary degree. After the scam that has been uncovered, this man is a laughing stock, around the world. Incredible!!!

  16. Antony
    “…saw him on David Letterman a few weeks back. …”
    the guy looks more like Conan O’Brien
    😉
    REPLY: Slip on my part, I was thinking of the James Hansen interview which happened about the same time. -A

  17. GAH!!! Gore spent a grand total of ONE MONTH in Vietnam, with 2-3 bodyguards protecting his silver spoon behind at all times.

  18. Peter of Sydney, it is not a mere Ph.D, but rather a LL.D, the Doctorate of Laws.
    This completely devalues the LL.D, almost as much as my alma mater awarding one to Joh Bjelke Petersen in 1979 or so, IIRC.
    Ph.D’s are, by comparison, a dime a dozen….

  19. You know if the PhD had been in creative writing, extortion or motivation, I would say it was well deserved… This one.. maybe not so much.

  20. Of course, I should have said “an” LL.D, rather than “a” LL.D, but if one interprets LL.D as “Doctorate of Laws”, then it corrects itself….

  21. Funny thing is, many lifetimes ago he did actually write an interesting book called “Earth in the Balance”. Interesting, that is, so long as one forgets his climate science.

  22. The thunk you may have heard was the sound of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville academic degree values colliding with Gore’s declining carbon credit values as they plummet on their way to a hard rock bottom. Anyone looking at the qualifications of an applicant holding a UT-Knoxville degree, especially in science, will now have cause to wonder about the quality and value of the applicant’s education. Just as the connotations of a Harvard education has changed, so too will the connotations change for any institution honoring the participants in the Enron affair, Bernie Madoff’s affairs, Al Gore’s enterprises, Mann’s U-Penn, the UEA, and the Univ-Leeds. Can anyone say Nobel Prize, Oscar,…without a knowing smile these days?

  23. i wonder if this place needs a new building and new funds. Quite frequently high Donators to the university gets chairs and honorary degrees.
    (p.hd = Piled higher and deeper LOL)

  24. I’m curious as to know the reasons for this. The timing seems strange bearing in mind all that has gone on over the last few months. Anyone got any insights into the academic minds and trustees over at UT? There has to be something going on behind the scenes.
    Tonyb

  25. Just goes to show, grime pays.
    At least history will judge all the brown-nosed, group-think, mass hysterics for their failure of reason.

  26. On the “Dr. Al” poll, since thread start:
    6 more people voted YES; while (as word gets out):
    413 more people voted NO.
    Don’t think Al is gonna win this one. . . . . ;-]

  27. I wonder if the walls in Al’s house have enough space to contain all the certificates (Assumed framed) he’s been awarded of late? He may need to move to a bigger place.

  28. “As far as I know, there’s been no effort by anyone to flood the poll, I learned about it only as I’m writing this entry.”
    I would suggest not to flood the poll, let the locals speak.

  29. In that pic maybe he is thinking,
    “Wish I could have been the one who released them climategate emails, then I really could get credit for saving the world.”
    Maybe he could still claim credit.
    John

  30. If those poll numbers are a real indicator of general public opinion, I suspect the former vice-president is wishing this whole issue had never been brought up. Perhaps the school is beginning to feel the same way, but, as the song goes, “It’s too late to turn back now.” Unfortunately, this all seems to have the quality of a comic opera.

  31. No disrespect to any Tennesseans, but just how many of these University guys making this award, have actually seen the sea?

  32. do’ctor” v. (colloq.) 1. v.t. Confer degree of doctor on; treat (patient, oneself) medically; castrate or spay; patch up (machinery etc.); adulterate; falsify.
    (OED)

  33. Al Gore caught out telling more lies 2 and 3 March.
    The media have gotten onto him at last.
    Gore says:
    “…scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere…”
    New York Post says:
    “In late January, Scientific American reported: “A mysterious drop in water vapor in the lower stratosphere might be slowing climate change,””
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/al_latest_global_warming_whopper_TolFbG2ccT5XPtKtXoOx0L
    ——————-
    Gore says:
    “an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.”
    Investors.com says:
    “Perhaps he’s trying to protect his investments as he knows them, for he is heavily involved in enterprises that deal with carbon offsets and green technology. If the case for climate change is shown to be demonstrably false, a lot of his green evaporates like moisture from the ocean.”
    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=522575

  34. Here in England at the weekend, we had a TV report that Gore was up against someone in a TV debate (Presidential debate?) and verbally attacked the “moderator” (which I took to be the presenter of the television programme). Anyone in the US have a link to that?
    We’re about to have our first televised debate between Prime Ministerial candidates.

  35. Excuse me please, but I’m not from anywhere near Tennessee, and so I thought this was all a joke.
    UT is giving that serial job hopper an Honorary Doctorate in Laws *and* Letters,
    in *Evolutionary Biology*? Srsly?
    The UT chancellor is a guy called “Cheek”?
    The first person to receive a UT honorary degree was Dolly Parton? Srsly?
    They actually called something a “hunger chair”?
    Scotty, beam me up now, please, my bullsh1t detector canna take it anymore!

  36. I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not buuuut… there are fewer engineering PhDs given out than law degrees (LLD is only honorary in the US, btw), hardly a dime a dozen. Law degrees don’t require that you invent something, either. Al did invent the Internet, however, so I wonder if he qualifies?
    Mark

  37. How embarrassing for them to avoid this at a time when the whole edifice of AGW has come under scrutiny for the first time. Time will tell……… That should be the motto for all Climate Research.

  38. OT
    “Were short warm periods typical for transitions between interglacial and glacial epochs?”
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-03/haog-wsw030210.php
    In other words:
    “New Study Says Global Warming May Be Signal of Impending Ice Age”
    http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-study-says-global-warming-may-be.html
    If true, then future generations will look back at our generation with scorn and anger. We could send men to the moon and a few decades later we latched onto a scam / scientific fraud led by money / grants etc.

  39. “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history”
    Is Tennessee that bad?

  40. We were “Gored” all right…humanity as the fattened calf on the altar of “Climate Change.”

  41. Yeh, and get Lord Munckton to write the citation and do the presentation, pay good money to watch.

  42. “Vice President Gore’s career has been marked by visionary leadership, and his work has quite literally changed our planet for the better,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history, …”
    I suspect the residents of Tennessee just might care to differ.
    Remember the Alamo!
    It is just a bit of Cheek anyway.

  43. A doctorate and a nobel prize! How can sceptics ever contradict arguments put forward by such awesome authority?

  44. inversesquare – “The science is now a non issue…..Al Gore, Jo Romm etc have successfully hijacked science and turned it into pure propaganda.”
    Totally agree.
    We are engaged in an information war. Any strategy is constrained by what resources are at hand. The resources we have are our own expertises and the freedom of the internet to disseminate information. By using these intelligently and imaginatively, the blogosphere have blown the foundations from beneath the following propositions in the IPCC 2007 report.
    1. The world’s temperature is rising inexorably.
    2. Glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.
    3. The Amazon forest is disappearing.
    4. Sea levels are rising and rising.
    5. Polar bears are heading for extinction!
    These are the high points but there are many others. Demolish the “science”. This was the first phase. What has been achieved tactically?
    1. Pachurai under siege and investigation.
    2. Mann under siege and investigation
    3. Jones under siege and investigation (double dose)
    4. IPCC reputation in tatters.
    5. Met Office reputation in tatters.
    6. US climate Offices (NOAA etc) reputations in tatters.
    7. With possibly one exception, all the rigged investigations are expected to deliver whitewashes. This will be the best result for us since it’s precisely what an increasingly sceptical public is expecting.
    8. EPA under litigation siege in America.
    9. Complete failure at Copenhagen.
    What has it achieved strategically?
    1.The “settled” science is no longer settled. In terms of perceived credibility, it’s toast.
    2.Because of 1, elements of the MSM now feel free to question the whole idea of AGW and are doing so with gusto. We’ve achieved MSM breakthrough in Europe and the States are close behind.
    3.The segments of the MSM who tried to ignore Climategate since November, are being forced to mention it simply because their competitors are now running with the story and it’s playing with the public.
    4. Elements of the body politic (notably in Australia and Canada) are beginning to recognize that an anti-AGW stance will win votes, which is the only thing that matters to a politician.
    Whither now?
    The strategic objective has to be political breakthrough. How is this to be achieved?
    1. Don’t get bogged down debating the “science” with the warmists. They’re moving from Denial to Anger stage, as can be seen from their increasingly hysterical posts in the blogosphere. We’ve won that phase. Let’s move on.
    2. Spread the message into the political arena by emailing your local Congressmen/ Representatives/ MPs/ MEPs/ Councilmen and posting on sites whose focus is on politics. Don’t bother arguing the science. E.g. In the light of the serious reservations now raised about “climate science”, how can we consider spending such vast amounts of money, de-industrializing ourselves, ramping up unemployment etc etc in the face of the worst economic recession in living memory? If you want my vote etc etc. Adapt as suitable for your location but DO IT NOW AND FROM NOW ON!
    3. Keep on blogging. This site, like a number of influential ones, is read by a lot more people than actually contribute to it and good contributions are copied to other blogs.
    Pointman

  45. Everything to beef up Gore’s credibility.
    IMO it’s bad for the credibility of the University involved and bad for the credibility
    of science.
    The effect however will be counterproductive.
    It will only underline his reputation as a cheat, a scare monger and a profiteer.
    It’s pathetic.

  46. given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views, or schemes: a visionary enthusiast.
    2. given to or concerned with seeing visions.
    3. belonging to or seen in a vision.
    4. unreal; imaginary: visionary evils.
    5. purely idealistic or speculative; impractical; unrealizable: a visionary scheme.

  47. Definition of visionary:
    I’d say they nailed it.
    Mods-feel free to combine my last two comments.

  48. If you endow a Chair, it is pretty much mandatory that the university concerned gives you an honorary doctorate. In such a way, status is bought.
    I earned mine with bacteria and bunsen burners.

  49. I’m stuck on trying to figure out what a chair on hunger does? Do they go hungry? Create hunger? Is it academic speak for a cafeteria supervisor?
    In any event, UT should get an award for being uninformed and politically tone-deaf.

  50. He’s a politician.
    He saw a bandwagon and jumped on.
    No surprises there & its only what Blair and Brown did too.
    He just did it better.
    Mind you, they saw the guilt tax opportunities first.
    I still blame the scientists who allowed awg to become a religion without calling time out.

  51. Dave Wendt (23:39:25)
    “…a BS degree…would be something I could get behind.”
    What’s up with a Batchelor of Science degree? My Aberdeen (Scotland) 1991qualification is a source of personal pride; not all Ph.D graduates necessarily require BS (or BSc) pre-qualifications. Make me a phrase involving the words ‘high’, ‘snobbery’, ‘intellectual’ and ‘horse’.

  52. I can’t think of a man currently living that has done more than Al Gore to destroy the lives of millions and lower the standard of living on this planet. And his unfounded predictions and solutions for his folly elevate his status to chief criminal against humanity. The chair they give him should be plugged into an electrical circuit.
    Nothing more needs to be said.

  53. Paul Clements (23:43:46)
    “This is reported here in Australia
    http://www.news.com.au/business/hurricane-katrina-victims-to-sue-greenhouse-gas-emitters-afp/story-e6frfm1i-1225837005620
    VICTIMS of Hurricane Katrina from Mississippi are seeking to sue carbon gas-emitting multinationals for helping fuel global warming and boosting the devastating 2005 storm, legal documents showed.
    The class action suit brought by residents from southern Mississippi, which was ravaged by hurricane-force winds and driving rains, was first filed just weeks after the August 2005 storm hit.
    “The plaintiffs allege that defendants’ operation of energy, fossil fuels, and chemical industries in the United States caused the emission of greenhouse gasses that contributed to global warming,” say the documents, seen by AFP.”
    Whilst feeling sympathy for the unfortunate people who suffered due to Hurricane Katrina surely this is an opportunity to prove or disprove AGW in a court of law? At last an opportunity to put the “science” of AGW under the severest scrutiny, in the public domain, for the first time? A test case in the making?

  54. “Prizes are the badges of mediocrity.” So said the American composer Charles Ives when he received the Pulitzer prize for his 3rd symphony.
    To that I would add “and sometimes incompetence.”

  55. Congratulations Al!
    because you would never reach a scientific doctor degree!
    (the world is better doe to Al Gore, ojeaah, and Osama Bin too?

  56. As of my vote, 95% NO, 3% YES. Isn’t that also the same ratio of people who now believe in Global Warming? Coincidence? I think not.

  57. LMAO! The real education of Al Gore,
    Al Gore, B.A. in Government, Divinity and Law School Dropout (no science degree)
    The Education of Al Gore (The Washington Times)
    “Mr. Gore’s high school performance on the college board achievement tests in physics (488 out of 800 “terrible,” St. Albans retired teacher and assistant headmaster John Davis told The Post) and chemistry (519 out of 800 “He didn’t do too well in chemistry,” Mr. Davis observed) suggests that Mr. Gore would have trouble with science for the rest of his life. At Harvard and Vanderbilt, Mr. Gore continued bumbling along.
    As a Harvard sophomore, scholar Al “earned” a D in Natural Sciences 6 in a course presciently named “Man’s Place in Nature.” That was the year he evidently spent more time smoking cannabis than studying its place among other plants within the ecosystem. His senior year, Mr. Gore received a C+ in Natural Sciences 118.
    At Vanderbilt divinity school, Mr. Gore took a course in theology and natural science. The assigned readings included the apocalyptic, and widely discredited “Limits to Growth,” which formed much of the foundation for “Earth in the Balance.” It is said that Mr. Gore failed to hand in his book report on time. Thus, his incomplete grade turned into an F, one of five Fs Mr. Gore received at divinity school, which may well be a worldwide record.”

    They should give him what he deserves: an honorary degree in propaganda.

  58. Many of our readers may not be familiar with the strong athletic program at the U of T. Unfortunately, there was a fire at the student library in the athletic complex.
    They lost all 5 books, and 3 had not yet been “colored in”.
    (sorry, old joke but couldn’t resist)

  59. It probably won’t snow there on graduation day, but I’ll settle for a cold rain.
    OT, but it was at the web site, http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/mar/03/37-quake-rumbles-west-memphis/?partner=popular says in part:

    The agency says the magnitude 3.7 earthquake was detected at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday about 15 miles south-southeast of Sikeston. No damage was reported.
    The temblor was felt as far away as Alton, Ill., and St. Peters, Mo., both about 150 miles north of the epicenter.
    More than 200 small earthquakes occur within the seismic zone each year.

    That was in the New Madrid Fault Zone, which worries me more that the California faults. The California crust is shattered, New Madrid isn’t and quake energy travels a remarkable distance – a 3.7 quake felt 150 miles (250 Km) away! Big quakes in the 1800s rang church bells in Boston.

  60. Mike Lorrey (00:20:08) :
    GAH!!! Gore spent a grand total of ONE MONTH in Vietnam, with 2-3 bodyguards protecting his silver spoon behind at all times.
    Nup — he served *five* months.
    As an “information specialist” — IOW, a reporter. For the Army Engineering Command’s official newspaper.
    He actually spent one entire night in a foxhole, though, but no one will confirm whether or not he was given any ammo for the M-16 he had his picture taken with (he wasn’t issued one, because “information specialists” were only armed with cameras) — although he became the in-country poster child for how *not* to adjust the sling on your weapon…

  61. crosspatch (22:59:11) :
    Dr. of Scatology, PhD

    With special degree in human tanatology, population control and malthusian principles applied to stubborn conservative individuals.

  62. crossopter (03:37:49) :
    BS is a short hand for Bull-Snot, but used by Dave as an “in joke”.

  63. This is a TRAVESTY!
    Need to make sure that Ol Smokey bites Al during the ceremony, and jimmy cheek as well.
    Cheeky bugger indeed.

  64. Do you remember Isaac Asimov “Foundation” trilogy?, HE THINKS HE IS “THE MULE”.!!!

  65. Honorary Doctor of Law and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology? Precisely what discipline is that? It seems to be a doctorate in everything. Someone who thinks they or someone else knows everything is someone who’s not really all that smart. So perhaps this is an honorary doctorate for not being all that smart.

  66. It’s all about the money; the degree is meaningless.
    They know Gore is loaded from all the money he has made off of his carbon trading schemes.

  67. It’s an honorary doctorate, not an earned degree. Gore doesn’t get the privilege of calling himself “Dr.”, although I will happily refer to him as Dr. Manbearpig, if he so wishes.
    I’m not sure if awarding honorary degrees is one of those uniquely American practices. However, not all American Ph.D.-granting universities engage in this type of shameless pandering. Mine doesn’t anyway.

  68. “Bill Tuttle (04:39:18) : ”
    In my opinion, he is an insult to anyone who has served time in the forces.

  69. Strange how the University world doesn’t seem to see that Universities are going down the plughole of public opinion and are becoming jokes because of their climate change departments. It is not just science and scientists that are starting to be held in derision, but the institutions as well.
    This promotion of Mr Gore at a time like this, by this University, is just staggeringly terribly bad PR for the Uni, as indeed the online poll is apparently showing.

  70. Al Gore – fraud, charlatan, liar, hypocrite, and disgrace to humanity receiving an honorary doctorate? It boggles the mind. I wonder if seniors will raise their fists and walk out in protest, the way they did at Harvard in 1969 when he received his BA?
    It’s an outrage.

  71. Ms Dolly Parton has brought only joy and love to our world,
    Al Gore has brought hate and lies.
    This only diminishes the honorary degree received by Ms Parton.

  72. My US geography is not very good.
    Can someone remind me if it is Tennessee or Arkansas where the DNA is supposed to be all the same?
    I was under the impression it was Arkansas, but obviously I was misinformed.

  73. I’m a Tennessean and in 2000 we in Tennessee stopped Gore from becoming the president of the United States. If Gore had taken Tennessee in the election, there would not have been the voting fiasco in Florida and the AGW czar would have become our president. Yes, Gore did not take his own state in the election. We in Tennessee know him best and we would love to forget him.

  74. Why don’t they sue God?
    Hurricane Katrina victims sue oil companies over global warming. Victims of Hurricane Katrina are seeking to sue “carbon gas-emitting” multinationals for helping fuel global warming and boosting the 2005 storm.
    The class action suit brought by residents from southern Mississippi, which was ravaged by hurricane-force winds and driving rains, was first filed just weeks after the August 2005 storm hit. “The plaintiffs allege that defendants’ operation of energy, fossil fuels, and chemical industries in the United States caused the emission of greenhouse gasses that contributed to global warming,” say the documents seen by the AFP news agency.
    The increase in global surface air and water temperatures “in turn caused a rise in sea levels and added to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina, which combined to destroy the plaintiffs’ private property, as well as public property useful to them.” More than 1,200 people died in Hurricane Katrina, which lashed the area, swamping New Orleans in Louisiana when levees gave way under the weight of the waves.
    The suit, claiming compensation and punitive damages from multinational companies including Shell, ExxonMobile, BP and Chevron, has already passed several key legal hurdles, after initially being knocked back by the lowest court. Three federal appeals court judges decided in October 2009 that the case could be heard. However, in February the same court decided to re-examine whether it could be heard this time with nine judges.
    Other companies named in the suit include Honeywell and American Electric Power, with the residents charging that “the defendants’ greenhouse gas emissions caused saltwater, debris, sediment, hazardous substances, and other materials to enter, remain on, and damage plaintiffs’ property.” They allege that the companies had a duty to “avoid unreasonably endangering the environment, public health, public and private property.”
    The district court, which initially rejected the case, ruled that it was “a debate which simply has no place in the court.” The court argued that Congress first had to enact legislation “which sets appropriate standards by which this court can measure conduct.”
    Mississippi residents must now wait for the appeals court to fix a new hearing, in principle within the next three months. A decision would then be due by the end of 2010, and both sides could also then take the case to the Supreme Court.

  75. Born in Carthage, TN … the remnants of Carthage in N Africa, nowadays Tunisia??… AG: “You don’t know how expensive it is to look this intelligent…!”
    Sorry could NOT just resist…[Hommage a DP]

  76. The Tennessee school song, Rockytop,, obviously refers to the brain content of the regents of that school.

  77. johnnythelowery (18:55:41) :
    I’m nOt in favor of smoke, or second hand smoke. I like going into Pubs and what not without it being there. This posting is to do with the ‘environment’ if you ride the subway. But this is really a comentary about Gore and his modus-operandi. HIs S.O.P. Regarding University of Tennessee’s granting of a Honorary Doctorate to Gore (Gore’s got cash. Perhaps he’ll give us an endowment) came this blog entry:
    ‘……………………….harleyrider1978 writes:
    Whats even crazier is al gore still grows tobacco! But hell,so do we.But we dont go around promoting smoking bans and lies about second hand smoke like al gore does………and global warming lies……….its turned out some of the same folks writing the global warming hype are also writing second hand smoke hype.its all psuedo-science and propaganda.
    According to independent Public and Health Policy Research group, Littlewood & Fennel of Austin, Tx, on the subject of secondhand smoke……..
    They did the figures for what it takes to meet all of OSHA’S minimum PEL’S on shs/ets…….Did it ever set the debate on fire.
    They concluded that:
    All this is in a small sealed room 9×20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.
    For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes
    “For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes
    “Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.
    Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.
    “For Hydroquinone, “only” 1250 cigarettes
    For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time
    The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.
    So,OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :
    Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA, To Leroy J Pletten, PHD, July 8, 1997
    WHAT! DILUTED BELOW PERMISSABLE LEVELS……………’
    It’s the same story.
    3
    03
    2010
    johnnythelowery (19:04:07) :
    …………..Oooops. Anthony. Sorry, I forgot. We are part of the tabacco-big Oil-
    -GulfStream Aircraft Company-CLimate Skeptic-Massive House-Fleet of Escalades-earth endangering-Board of director types of a companies using underage children for labor-league of climate deniers!
    I truly despair of this man Gore
    ————————————————————-
    I’m not a political science guy. But I see a similarity between the AGW Campaign and the Anti-Smoking campaign:
    1. Popular ‘tail wind’ for the idea
    2. Difficult science with large financial stakes
    3. ‘Science’ (according to blog above) takes back seat to the politcal agenda
    4. OSHA / (EPA) used as instrument of power
    I post this observation and will see what others think. Good riddance to smoke but it looks like the Anti-Smoking campaign was a dry run for the AGW campaign.

  78. For us Bhoys here: this is a kick below the belt. Truly a knee to the wedding
    vegetables!!!

  79. Reply to Greg Cavanagh:
    -yeah, I realised that just after I awoke – oopsa. Just goes to prove emails can make a backside of anyone :-))
    Bets Dave doesn’t beat me up……?
    cheers

  80. He’s one of the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans? Really? Is that why they all voted for him in 2000? NOT!

  81. Just sent this to Chancellor Cheek at UT-Knoxville:
    Dear Chancellor Cheek;
    Until yesterday, my math-science magnet-school daughter Hagan and I were seriously considering UT as a prime choice for her undergraduate education in mechanical engineering.
    That is…until we heard of the decision by the University’s Board of Trustees to extend an honorary degree to former US Vice President Al Gore through the College of Arts and Sciences.
    Regrettably, we feel Mr. Gore’s questionable approach to scientific debate combined with his apparent profiteering from his political connections and associations with companies standing to gain greatly from the manipulation of global climate analysis is hardly an enhancement to his public service and certainly not deserving of an honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology degree, particularly from your highly recognized institution of learning.
    As such, we have eliminated UT from our list of candidate universities.
    Certainly, there is more to the decision to extend the honorary degree to Mr. Gore than meets the eye — and we hope this works out well for your University. However, we will not be sharing those potential benefits with you.
    Sincerely,
    E. T. L.
    Roswell, GA

  82. I’ve not checked every comment but I’m betting I’m the first to mention the former Vice president of the USA Al Gore without adding a insult….
    If this blog is going to be taken seriously as a place of thoughtful, considered scientific enquiry it seems to me it needs to drop posts tagged (insultingly) ‘Al Gore is an idiot’ and the mass of fulminating right wing political claptrap comments they provoke.

  83. Patrick Davis (05:06:22) :
    “Bill Tuttle (04:39:18) : ”
    In my opinion, he is an insult to anyone who has served time in the forces.

    We just considered him a late arrival of one of “McNamara’s 100,000.” The insult is his sycophants insistence that merely *being* in Vietnam ennobled him — while slamming the rest of us as PTSD-ridden, drug-addled, murderous psychopaths.
    Which I resent — I *never* did drugs…

  84. Hey!!
    Leave Dr. Seuss alone.
    A fine, fine author and illustrator.
    (My wife’s a children’s librarian so I ought to know)

  85. Well if the university is as bad as the BoT is stupid . . . . it would be a great place to avoid attending or having a degree from.

  86. Oh, my.
    Poll results as of 14:07 GMT are:
    No 96% 6674
    Yes 3% 231
    Not sure 0% 18
    But it’s not a *scientific* poll. It hasn’t been peer-reviewed…

  87. Talking about value of some science degrees, see what I found on Real Climate blog:
    Post: Some of the energy going into the oceans gets converted to potential energy due to the higher surface level, i.e. “work” is being done to push up the surface against gravity. Does anybody have a sense of how much this reduces the surface temperature?
    [Response: Completely negligible. Work out the average movement up of the centre of mass of the ocean due to thermal expansion- maybe 0.5/mm per year. Calculate the increase in potential energy m*g*delta h per m2, and you get roughly 6×10^-5 W/m2. Roughly 4 orders of magnitude smaller than the heating rate. – gavin]
    So small, 6×10^-5 W/m2? Well let us “uneducated trolls” estimate it ourselves:
    Linear thermal expansion coefficient for water at 20 C is A=6.910^-5, 1/K (taken from Wikipedia, of course). Let’s assume that only L= 1 m of water is heated up, and the increase of temperature is DT = 10C. Then, linear thermal expansion DL = A*L *DT= 6.910^-5*1*10 = 6.910^-4, m. The center of gravity raises half of that and then the increase of the potential energy per unit area is DE_p=ro*L*g*DL/2 =ro*L^2*g*A*DT, where water density is ro=10^kg/m^3, and g=10m/s^2. Then for the case of 1 m thickness of the heated water layer and temperature increase of 10C the increase of potential energy per square meter is DE=3.4 W/m^2. This is 5 orders of magnitude higher than estimated by Mr. Gavin. However, it could be that he assumed that only top10 millimeters of water is heated and the average increase of temperature is only 1 degree C. Or may be, just may be he assumed that the increase of potential energy is DE=ro*DL*g*DL/2? I bet that the last one is what he did; however, one way or another he can’t make a simple estimate!

  88. A new degree for professional scammery? Very nice, didn’t see something like that before: “Dr. h. c. scam” …

  89. Hum, I guess UT is just like the peace prize people……..only worth the paper it’s printed on. I wonder if Obama is next for this as well?

  90. My Two Cents: Seems the university needs a donation. Surely they realize that Gore has the money for a substantial one…

  91. One commentor accidently hits the nail on the head:
    “Anyways, your donations (except to athletics) are nothing in comparison to the NSF and DOE funding, which provides researchers at UT millions for researching CLIMATE CHANGE!”

  92. Al Gore and a duck walk into a bar.
    The bartender say’s “Where did you get that”
    “From Tennessee” says the duck

  93. Given former Vice President’s Al Gore’s famous prediction that the Arctic sea ice will all disappear by the summer of 2014, shouldn’t the University hold off to see if his “vision” is even close to being correct?

  94. Unbelievable!!! An insult to anyone who earned a degree the hard way. And an insult to all those smart people that didn’t earn a degree for one reason or another but would certainly deserve one.
    This Al Gore character must have sold his soul to the devil to constantly get accolades for his BS (that’s Bull SH…..not the other B.S.)

  95. Peter Hearnden (05:55:46),
    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that A. Gore is an idiot. Sub-par mediocrity may be more accurate.
    I would reserve the term idiot to Gore’s sycophants, including the fawning Mr Cheek, and others.

  96. What can you expect out of a University that dumbs down its science department by combining it with the liberal arts school. They tried that at UAH in the 90’s and the students and faculty revolted and kept it from happening.
    The reason given was that the math department was too hard and that we wanted to get more students through the system (i.e.) lets make more money off these rubes that did not get an education in high school.

  97. The editor of the newspaper is telling people to “get over it. Al Gore is a fine choice.” Obviously not tongue-in-cheek. What a disgrace for the degree mill and the rag.

  98. ” Peter Hearnden (05:55:46) :
    […]
    enquiry it seems to me it needs to drop posts tagged (insultingly) ‘Al Gore is an idiot’ […]”
    In my eyes, Al Gore isn’t an idiot. He’s the best conman around, on par with the guy who sold the Eiffel tower.

  99. Just a thought! I note one or two of you chaps have picked up on a story about victims of Hurricane Algore in New Orleans. Might this just be a good thing after all, because they will have to prove beyond a “reasonable doubt”, in a court of law, that burning fossil fuels actually have caused global warming? How on Earth would they get a fair trial, by finding a jury of 12 good men and women who have never heard of global warming or climate change? Surely a court case would put the UNIPCC on trial, the EPA on trial, James Hansen on trial, etc?
    AtB

  100. May 14th should be May Day in Knoxville. If you value your business and your job be there to register your disgust. We need all of you to show up…farmers, railroaders, miners, small business people. Gore has extorted millions from all of us. Let`s all meet in Knoxville on May 14th.

  101. I don’t like the guy either, and if I thought there was any actual value in the poll, I’d head over and vote ‘no’. But there isn’t a lick of value in an internet poll, and I’m kind of surprised Anthony would waste any time on it.

  102. Well, it looks like Dr. Al and Dr. Tom Karl are peers!
    (Of course, it makes me wonder why I took prelim exams, did research and class work for four years, then wrote a dissertation and defended it to get my Ph.D. This looks to be much easier…)

  103. UTen isn’t a real University anyway, notice the orange and white, notice their initials? Where have I seen that before? Oh yeah, the real UT in Texas.
    This isn’t too different from getting honored by Devry – which is fitting for our good buddy Al

  104. Bill Tuttle (06:08:32) :

    Oh, my.
    Poll results as of 14:07 GMT are:
    No 96% 6674
    Yes 3% 231
    Not sure 0% 18
    But it’s not a *scientific* poll. It hasn’t been peer-reviewed…

    I imagine the poll has been slightly skewed by WWUT 🙂 Since I live in TN, I felt obligated to vote.

  105. Ah yes, Al Gore. Does anybody remember the fuel additive MTBE? It just so happens that this fuel additive was ground water poison. It can be cleaned up, but it ain’t cheap. Does anybody remember who was the one pushing MTBE? Answer: Al Gore and Carol Browner.
    Here is what is known. A disciple (and yes I mean disciple) of Al Gore, Carol Browner, knew MTBE was groundwater poison but destroyed those documents. The data was suppressed that showed a dissenting viewpoint; sound familiar?
    For sins like this, Al Gore gets an honorary doctorate. Hey, I recycle a lot. I haven’t damaged groundwater and aquifer supplies. I guess I should dump nuclear waste in my local groundwater if I want to be awarded an honorary doctorate.
    MTBE shows us that obviously a tiger can’t change his stripes. Once an eco-scammer, always an eco-scammer. And what is worse, people think the tiger is this safe innocent cute kitten who couldn’t harm anybody.
    If you want a history of Al Gore and MTBE, don’t use Wikipedia. Magically, Wikipedia doesn’t include the connection between Al Gore and MTBE, not anywhere. Not even under the page dedicated to the MTBE controversy. Just use your search engine of choice and search for the words Al Gore MTBE. This link will get you started.
    http://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg67617.html

  106. Al Gore is an idiot? Maybe.
    Al Gore has a neurosis for power? Maybe also.
    Al Gore a man of letters? No.

  107. When the last nail goes into the CAGW theory and it becomes totally debunked, those organizations that heaped praise on Al Gore are going to see their credibility go down the drain.

  108. Al Gore’s Holy Hologram (02:16:12) :
    “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history”
    Is Tennessee that bad?

    The poll should answer your question as to how Tennesseans feel about that statement. Gore doesn’t garner much respect around here that I’ve ever seen, thus he couldn’t even win his home COUNTY back in 2000, much less the entire state. And Eastern TN is very conservative, so the poll results aren’t surprising to me in the least (currently at 96% as I type this).
    Take it from someone who has lived in TN his entire life. We don’t claim him.

  109. Pointman,
    I have one more item to add to your “how to” if you’ll pardon my springboarding on here…
    Those serious scientists who have both supported and cautioned the skeptical movement should continue their work, and be supported in that work. They are the ones who are trying to ferret out the underlying climate processes that will, in the end enrich us all – and I do mean monitarily.
    Mike

  110. “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history…”
    That’s a pretty questionable judgement.
    Unable to complete seminary or the other graduate program he started in law, he’s being given a freebie by UT. Kind of like his political career where daddy gave him a leg up. Of course while he was accomplished enough to make it to a heart beat away from the presidency for eight years (and a few danglin’ chads away in 2000), it’s worth remembering Vice-President John Garner’s judgement on the job, “It’s not worth a pitcher of warm piss.”
    Saying he’s among the most respected Tennesseans is equally puzzling. Perhaps it means that outside of the state, he is a respected Tennessean. Because inside the state, the people had the good common sense to reject him in 2000. I suspect most people would choose Jed Clampett (he was from Tennessee wasn’t he?) over Gore today.

  111. They should have given her two doctorates. Talk about faking the evidence and hiding the decline and maximizing the peaks. Actually, a Dr. from UofT is perfect for Gore. The clown on his merry-go-round.

  112. johnnythelowery (05:25:46) Thanks a lot for your OSHA data in regard to tobacco smoking.
    We should ask, and research about the unconcious motivation of those who passionately reject tobacco smoking, why is it so that these are the SAME PEOPLE (Al Gore among them), who fanatically believe in Global Warming, favor gay marriage, abortion, the “day after pill”, minority rights (child molesters included), “human rights”, international crime court, population control, big government, income redistribuition, social “justice”, AIDS´ fraternities, AH1N1 vaccination, women priesthood, “black holes”, “dark matter”,etc,etc.?

  113. johnnythelowery (05:25:46) :
    “…. it looks like the Anti-Smoking campaign was a dry run for the AGW campaign.”
    ———————–
    Absolutely not. The anti-smoking campaign goes back to the 1950s when three medical researchers independently discovered a link between increased rates of cancer and smoking. (Nazi scientists made this link earlier but that is another story.) The response of the tobacco industry (namely British American Tobacco – BAT – the biggest player) was to try to isolate the harmful chemicals and remove them to eliminate this problem: however, it proved to be impossible to remove nicotine, which is both the active addictive agent that makes smoking pleasurable and the main carcinogen. So after the mid-1960s, despite its own research showing a very serious link between cancer and tobacco smoking, BAT shifted gears to suppress negative evidence, throw ‘smoke’ in the debate about the effects of tobacco, and promote ‘lite’ low-tar cigarettes as being more healthy. Its own research showed that smokers smoked more of the latter to compensate for the lower nicotine hit. In the meantime, there was an increasing body of individuals who lost their own health or who lost loved ones or who were otherwise victimized by the tobacco industry and its addicts who took up the fight to protect people from the harmful effects of tobacco: promoting smoking bans that took years to get in place; getting, with great difficulty, truth-in-packaging laws passed to force the tobacco companies to reveal the health threats of their products; and simply overcoming the deliberate obfuscation of the health effects of tobacco smoking by the tobacco industry.
    There are no parallels with the AGW debates ON EITHER SIDE:
    1) Since there has been no catastrophic global warming, there have been no victims of AGW. By contrast, there have been millions of victims of the tobacco industry – I am one, as I lost my mother to this destructive habit.
    2) The obfuscatory science has been carried out by those seeking to ‘fight’ this non-existent problem, who ironically are the supporters of the AGW money-granting industry, rather than the opponents.
    How to put this?
    Tobacco companies = vested interests
    AGW scientists, politicians, big business = vested interests
    opponents of tobacco companies = victims, victims rights advocates, people
    seeking the truth
    -people who saw the collateral damage of smoking,
    costing society millions (billions?) of dollars
    opponents of AGW catastrophism = victims of misconceived taxes and
    carbon credit schemes that serve no purpose but to line
    the pockets of the AGW advocacy industry and tin-pot
    dictators
    – scientists and other individuals seeking the truth
    – people who see the collateral damage of AGW
    catastrophism: i.e. wasted resources, failure to fund
    effective conservation measures such as funding improved,
    less-polluting technologies, other research on truly serious
    environmental problems
    Scientists researching health effects of tobacco, who confirmed cancer and other health-problem links – vilified and smeared by tobacco industry
    Scientists researching problems with AGW science, disproving links between CO2 and excessive warming – vilified and smeared by AGW scientists and propaganda industry
    The one major difference is that while the media was confused by the tobacco industry’s tactics, it generally sided with the anti-tobacco science and evidence. By contrast, the main-stream media has also been confused by the AGW science, but because the MSM has failed to identify the big-industry links with the AGW carbon-trading scheme, or in some cases is complicit, it has backed the AGW ‘industry’ and opposed the scientists who have genuinely uncovered problems with the theory.
    If you want a parallel with any precedent for the AGW debacle, it has to be the link between CFCs and the ozone layer, and the Montreal Protocol, which was a genuine dry-run for then demonizing CO2 – and the targets were big industry and consumer complacency. I really think that by drawing any parallels with the fight with Big Tobacco, you are playing into the hands of the global warming catastrophists.
    anti-AGW scientific experts = or parallel scientific experts who were vilified by the tobacco companies who sought to smear their science by many of the same tactics used by AGW supporters

  114. Gore deserves every bit of praise that he’s gotten for bringing this issue to the political front and center…
    Meanwhile, March 2010 tropospheric temps continue the near record levels that we saw in January and February…
    See: http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/
    and so the year is still very much on track to be the warmest year on instrument record. With solar activity increasing rapidly, and GCR’s on the decline, short of a Mt. Pinatubo type volcanic activity, we will have a record warm year. But still, I think arctic sea ice wil NOT see a record low summer minimum this year, but definitely in 2011.
    How does all this warmth fit into the models of those who say the earth is cooling (or at least not warming?)

  115. Sharon (05:06:17) :
    “I’m not sure if awarding honorary degrees is one of those uniquely American practices. ”
    No, I’m afraid that it is rampant here in Blighty too. Some of the honorary doctorates go to TV comedians, would you believe. Mind you, some of the so-called ‘universities’ are little more than colleges of further entertainment.

  116. He is probably the SON OF THE BEAST, announced by the Apocalypse of Saint John. He was reborned as the 2012 draws near and the Kali Yuga era has recently ended ☺.

  117. Actually, who cares? History will not be kind to him or his ilk. It is a minor footnote and only adds to the absurdity of our times.

  118. Many people have been killed in wars to protect this Country – for THIS?
    This is insane.

  119. – Igor!
    – Yes, master.
    – I’ve been named a doctor.
    – Good for you, sir!
    – Yes, isn’t it.
    – Oh, master.
    – Yes, Igor?
    – Does this mean you will be resuming your assembly of the Frankenclimate monster?
    /Carl Hult

  120. The people that should know him best, the people of TN, almost universally dislike him based on the poll and the lack of TN votes in his bid for president. This is another example of the disassociation of academia from the real world.
    When my daughter graduated from UNC, John Edwards was the commencement speaker. When she graduated from William and Mary law school, John Edwards was the speaker. At least it wasn’t Al Gore.

  121. Alanthebrit: Actually, in a civil action the plaintiff only has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence. ie, fifty percent plus a smidgen.

  122. To MJC
    They want some of his money.
    Nail… meet hammer. Of course this is all about money. The chancellor and the rest of his board of trustee cronies might have heard a few ‘negative things’ about the Goracle but in the end, they have made what can only be called a ‘strategic decision’. Where the money exactly comes from and how it flows may not yet be known but the decision was made to hitch their wagon to Gore because it looked like it had the potential to rake in the shekels. As Rush Limbaugh has said repeatedly, the four pillars of our society that should have irreproachable integrity have been breached and sold for money and influence…. academia is one of those four pillars and science is another. Both are involved in this decision at the University of Tennessee.
    On this same topic, it is a must that we all seriously consider where and how our money flows with respect to the so-called institutes of higher learning. I personally get several calls a year from the university I graduated from requesting donations and after these calls, I follow the up the discussion with email to the dean of engineering. The discussion and information simply goes like this…. “Are Professors ___ and ___ still working there? Are they still doing their glowbull warmist promotion thing? And are the students there still being asked to purchase the following text books that promote glowbull warmist propaganda?” Armed with these basic facts, I inform the callers looking for donations (with a follow up confirming email to the dean) that on no uncertain terms will I ever financially support the university until it cleans up its act in these specific areas.
    Will it make a difference? Well, maybe yes and maybe no. I can tell you one thing… if EVERYONE took the approach I suggested above, you wouldn’t have nonsense like this Goracle honourary degree business happening. And for those of us ‘deniers’, we can at least feel some comfort knowing that our money is not going to a cause we don’t believe or support.
    It is a fact…. money talks.

  123. Elvis was not only an entertainer, but he was also a sixth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. He had some real accomplishments. I vote for him.

  124. BarryW (05:17:31) :
    Dr. Parton should be outraged.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    ROFL!!
    Thanks for the good laugh before I have to go in to work.

  125. Poor Al Carbone
    AS soon as he gets a Regestered dietician Certificate from McDonalds University, he will be a complete dude.
    Tennessee is off the mark. Look at the embarrassment in Missouri when one of they largest new buildings was named after a slug from Enron that went to jail.

  126. Fred G. (05:15:31) :
    If Gore had taken Tennessee in the election, there would not have been the voting fiasco in Florida
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………
    This is what we should have heard about in 2000, Gore losing his home State to Bush. The news didn’t stress this enough back then! It would have calmed a lot of arguments, IMO.

  127. Perhaps if they honored him with a doctorate of proctology, the poll would be more favorable?

  128. Peter Hearnden (05:55:46) :
    I’ve not checked every comment but I’m betting I’m the first to mention the former Vice president of the USA Al Gore without adding a insult….
    If this blog is going to be taken seriously as a place of thoughtful, considered scientific enquiry it seems to me it needs to drop posts tagged (insultingly) ‘Al Gore is an idiot’ and the mass of fulminating right wing political claptrap comments they provoke.

    You still labor under the misapprehension that those opposed to CAGW dogma, and particularly those who spread its lies to the detriment of the world and for lining their own pockets must be motivated by right wing politics.
    Not to shock you or anything, but many of us climate realists come from the more liberal side of politics. I voted for the man in 2000, and was outraged with the way he lost. Now, I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher, though he may indeed be qualified for that. Why? Basically, because he’s been peddling a huge, extremely costly lie, and benefiting handsomely from it. His slide show has been used in schools to frighten and brainwash countless children. I believe he is guilty of crimes against humanity, and should be punished.

  129. Mark Bowlin (07:00:27)
    ” I suspect most people would choose Jed Clampett (he was from Tennessee wasn’t he?) over Gore today.”
    Jed Clampett worked for Big Oil!

  130. Another example of the inbred, heavily politically and corporately influenced Big Academia kissing the collective ***** of its close cousins, Big Government, Big Politico-Bureaucrats, Big Environment (and yes, some strains of Big Oil and Big Business) (and other inbred groups).
    The Baby Boomer ethos of “me me me.” They all just love to pat themselves on the back.
    Think of the past recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, including Gore himself.
    This is a great video. By watching “him” in action….you really begin to learn that the “enemy” is within, not in some foreign country.
    Watch his eyes. The eyes have it.

    I wouldn’t trust this slimeball with anything, anywhere, anyhow. It is truly hard to believe that he was a vice president.
    Come to think of it, we have had some scary vice president’s recently, no?
    No wonder the world is in such trouble. The citizens are getting restless, and by polls such as this one, shows just HOW OUT OF TOUCH all the inbred “BIGS” are…with the real world.
    That WILL change in the coming years. Grrrrrrrr!
    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  131. Peter Hearnden (05:55:46) :
    I’ve not checked every comment but I’m betting I’m the first to mention the former Vice president of the USA Al Gore without adding a insult….
    Check before you bet.
    Kate (05:21:41) beat you by a good half-hour.
    And my comment at (04:39:18) may have been disparaging of the former Veep’s over-dramatization of his RVN mini-tour, but it wasn’t insulting — and I can *do* insulting…

  132. Monckton tired of Gore too.
    “Al Baby……I’m not going to let you get away with these continuous moaning noises…..”
    1 minute video from 3/3/10
    http://www.pjtv.com/v/3185
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    full 26 minute video interview
    http://www.pjtv.com/video/Specials/_COMPLETE_PJTV_INTERVIEW_Climategate%3A_Al_Gore_Doubles_Down_%26_Lord_Monckton_Ups_The_Ante_Against_Him/3174/

  133. Please note that the “scientists” at UEA’s CRU are now using their “trick”
    to add Al Gores “degree” to the AGW dataset [pun fully intended].

  134. As we can all agree that Orson Wells deserved major kudos for the “War of the Worlds” broadcast, Jabba the Gore’s version deserves at the very least a bull crap doctorate from a university looking to offset sagging enrollment. Wells was able to scare people out of their wits for days but Jabba the Gore’s masterpiece still has many hiding their common sense in that same root cellar years later. If you can’t however manage to praise the fiction itself without tasting bile maybe you can manage a nod to his having so completely surpassed L. Ron Hubbard?

  135. I think it’s a good idea.
    Gore is, by a wide margin, the largest and most successful RENT SEEKER in history. He should get an honorary doctorate in political and economic parasitism. His expertise in that domain is unquestionable.

  136. R Gates, how long is that tropospheric heat data record and how do I compare it to the historic record and proxy data for the MWP and LIA?

  137. Evan GA…. Well done regarding your letter to UofT. That is what it’s going to take to bring down this. Action.
    Vigilantfish: I floated the notion for discussion of second hand smoke ban to AGW. I am satisfied by your response.

  138. @ Paul Clements (23:43:46) :
    You missed the boat by about a day and a half. The court of appeals rejected this case. Katrina victims will not be able to sue energy companies because of Katrina. Thank god!

  139. I am amazed with Al Gore’s self delusion. He has an unbelievable ability to project the image of a man in a completely disconnected state from reality. Who on earth believes a single word this guy utters? There has to be some kind of mass psychosis going on here. Look at this clip complements of Erik (23:52:17) :
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/8340238.stm
    The global warming scam is almost less interesting to me than the large number of people who hold Al in high esteem. Completely unbelievable.

  140. Is he wearing lipstick?
    Guys don’t wear lipstick!
    GUYS DON’T WEAR LIPSTICK!!
    ___________________________
    The Actual Vote at UT-K’s Board of Gov’ners Follows –
    Dr. Mickey Mouse PhD, Dr. Mouse, Micky voted NO
    Dr. Donald Duck, PhD, Dr. Duck voted NO
    Dr. Minnie Mouse PhD, Dr. Mouse, Minnie voted NO
    Dr. ‘Bo Diddly’ Dogg PhD, Dr. Dogg voted NO
    Dr. Cantwaitta See’ya PhD, Dr. See’ya voted NO
    Dr. Mighty Mouse PhD, Dr. Mouse, Mighty voted NO
    Dr. Geronimo Banzi PhD, Dr. Banzi voted NO
    Dr. Wylee Coyote PhD, Dr. Coyote voted NO
    Dr. Popeye D’Sailor PhD, Dr. D’Sailor voted NO
    Dr. Noguts Fudd PhD, Dr. Fudd voted NO
    Dr. Clara Bell Clown PhD, Dr. Clown voted NO
    Dr Fed Endowments PhD, Dr Endowments voted YES 6 times
    Dr. C.O.B. Disney PhD, Dr Disney voted YES 3 times
    Dr. G. ‘General’ Electric PhD, Dr. Electric voted YES 2 times
    Dr. Dow Chemi PhD, Dr. Chem voted YES 2 times
    Dr. M.S. Media PhD, Dr Media voted YES 7 times
    Dr. D.O. Energy, Dr. Energy voted YES 4 times

  141. “Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science?”
    An Honorary degree? Clearly the man has earned a legit PhD. He’s got the Nobel bling-bling to prove it.
    -Dave

  142. GixxerBoy (23:30:35) :
    I find there is a strange symmetry between fellow graduates. At my ceremony an honorary doctorate was awarded to Brian Rix.
    Ahh but was that for his comedic skills or for his many years of campaigning and charity work on behalf of mentally handicapped children ?

  143. I apologise to the mods for this somewhat off-topic post, but I couldn’t let the rant from “vigilantfish” at 07:06:02 pass without some comment…
    Sir/Madam, I’m sorry for your loss, but if you’re going to rant on a science-based blog it’s best to get your facts right… For example, “however, it proved to be impossible to remove nicotine, which is both the active addictive agent that makes smoking pleasurable and the main carcinogen.” is completely wrong, see:-
    “Nicotine itself is not carcinogenic, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, but is implicated in heart disease.”
    (quoted from http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/91/6/502)
    Which rather tends to undermine your base argument. Not that I’d dispute that smoking tobacco isn’t good for your health, but if you must make your case, at least try to use accurate facts – otherwise you end up sounding like an AGW proponent.

  144. @Kristen: “Gore Hunger”…?
    Sounds horribly like a bowdlerised version of “blood lust”. 🙂

  145. The honorary doctorate is being used to further strenghten his position of alarmism, and reward from the Progressive wing of the liberal collegate system.
    I have watched over the years as my own univeristy has become even more liberal than they were when I attended. They neither offer nor invite centrist or conservative viewpoints to campus.

  146. Of all the Vice Presidents and Vice Presidential candidates in my lifetime (53 years) without a doubt Gore is the by far the stupidest. Yet far smarter people like Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin are the ones made fun of. This just shows the bias of the media.

  147. Pogo (08:07:01) :
    Who can deny now that names are meaningful? He is really a goresome creature. When blood is shed it takes the name gore, which after being visited by flies laying its eggs on it grow gore-worms in it. Now you can make a gore-horoscope of his future life, just based in his name.

  148. Well such an award would say a whole lot more about the University of Tennessee, than it does about former VP Gore.
    How does that old line go;-
    “We have no quarrel with those who sell their wares for less; they of all people should know exactly what their stuff is worth !”

  149. Oh, and whoever his plastic surgeon is should have his/her license taken away. Really (and obviously) bad work there.

  150. We should revisit H.P.Lovecraft tales (The Cthulu Miths,etc) in order to really have a clear comprehension of what Gore means for the waking experience of humans, as he is not from this realm but (HE OR IT?) came from the dark, deep and hidden nether world. He or It is INORGANIC!

  151. Peter Hearnden (05:55:46) :
    “… If this blog is going to be taken seriously as a place of thoughtful, considered scientific enquiry it seems to me it needs to drop posts tagged (insultingly) ‘Al Gore is an idiot’ and the mass of fulminating right wing political claptrap comments they provoke…”
    *IF*, Peter? *IF*? Son, it already is taken seriously. The truth, however, is that AGW was NEVER about science. AGW mouthpieces like yourself would dearly love to have blogs like this concentrate on the “science” since the “science” is irrelevant. The real action is political, so what you are really suggesting is that we go play with our science while the adults like Al Gore and Barack Obama craft legislation to transform, well, everything.
    You can also drop the “right wing” garbage. Many climate realists are honest liberals. This is NOT a right-wing, left-wing thing although, again, there are those who would dearly love to portray it that way. When the real liberals discover how their movement has been hijacked by cynical elitests like Gore….

  152. First there was Ponzi — a piker!
    Then there was Madoff — a master!
    Then there was Gore — a dokter!

  153. It doesn’t matter. With 95% disapproval they will turn right around and give it to him anyway. Like the activity of Washington DC, public opinion and desire have no meaning.

  154. …………………JonesII (07:02:13) :
    johnnythelowery (05:25:46) Thanks a lot for your OSHA data in regard to tobacco smoking.
    We should ask, and research about the unconcious motivation of those who passionately reject tobacco smoking, why is it so that these are the SAME PEOPLE (Al Gore among them), who fanatically believe in Global Warming, favor gay marriage, abortion, the “day after pill”, minority rights (child molesters included), “human rights”, international crime court, population control, big government, income redistribuition, social “justice”, AIDS´ fraternities, AH1N1 vaccination, women priesthood, “black holes”, “dark matter”,etc,etc.?
    ———————————————————-
    Well, that was my point. Not well made but I noticed AL and bad Science and
    Governmental Action all in the same sentence again so wondered out loud.
    I am interested in the Ozone thing and have actually been going back through old threads to get an understanding of what happened. Just to really put the cat amongst the pigeons, of ideas that are wrong is ‘good friday’ when it should be ‘Good Thursday’ and Evolution. Not that don’t believe in it, or see it, it’s just that there is more to it than meets the eye which seems to be the wall none dare cross. I’m interested in Oliver Manuel’s Neutron Star theory of the sun who has a thread over at Tallbloke. I better shut up now. Oh-and England is going to win the World Cup.

  155. You all are being too hard on the good Doctor to be.
    He will contribute to the UT football team as the new tackling dummy. Jimmy the “Cheek” is giving odds of two to one that UT won’t win 8 or more football games in 2010.
    Based on the poem in his latest book, the UT Department of English Literature is going to double down and give him an honarary doctorate in poetry.
    Finally, tickets for his commencement address are being scalped for $0.05. People are clamoring to hear Dr. Gore’s “gutterances”.

  156. They really had to apply the lipstick & red rouge to cover the usual pallid look caused by a combination of glazed donuts & internalized guilt.

  157. …..oh And I like Garrett’s E8 which is pretty vs Super String which seems kind of ugly.

  158. This is a very serious cultural issue: The late anthropologist professor Mircea Eliade would have written a whole library about him, as a distinct representative of the Woodstock’s drug-culture, the consequent new age movements, associated post-modern “cargo-cults”, escatological myths, etc,etc.

  159. Dr. Al Gore, Ph.D in BS
    Everything I have heard about Gore is that he couldn’t get elected as official street sweeper when the circus is in any town in Tennessee, and he promised to do it for free. There’s some wheelin’ and dealin’ agoin’ on at UT Knoxville.

  160. “Hey, if Jimmy [the] Cheek, Chancellor sez he’s okay, he’s okay… You listening?”

  161. So, perhaps he is not being honoured as such but rather chosen as a quite interesting GUINEA PIG for detailed anthropological studies. He is a real phenomenon, he embodies and resumes all the principal characteristics of the 60’s lost generation.

  162. International Green Socialism is on the move. Tomorrow evening Al Gore is in Norway TV prime time. In a talk show.
    And guess what he’s gonna talk about. He is gonna warn everyone about the bad Big Oil conspiracy on the Internet.
    Thats us, folks. Stoere, the foreign minister is at it too.
    So they are of the impression that we actually are involved in a Big Oil action. They are also at it regarding that we are ill informed, and that they havent been good enough on educating us about the big message.
    But this time, its THEM who is BIG GOVERNMENT, and we are the little guy.

  163. “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history, and it is fitting that he should be honored by the flagship education institution of his home state.”
    I have sympathy for the people of Tennessee.

  164. R. Gates (07:06:46) :
    How does all this warmth fit into the models of those who say the earth is cooling (or at least not warming?)
    By now its quite clear that CAGW is obviously nothing but a Post Normal Science or “Progressive” Propaganda Operation. So without starting from the beginning by doing a truely Scientific investigation of climate “modeled” on the Scientific Method, who cares?
    But if I had to choose, I’d like it to get warmer, especially compared to cooler.

  165. Pogo (08:01:23) :
    I stand corrected: I was writing from memory and had forgotten the role of the various components of tobacco. According to Hecht SS, “Tobacco smoke carcinogens and lung cancer.” J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999 Jul 21;91(14): 1194-210:
    “Among the multiple components of tobacco smoke, 20 carcinogens convincingly cause lung tumors in laboratory animals or humans and are, therefore, likely to be involved in lung cancer induction. Of these, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the tobacco-specific nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone are likely to play major roles.”
    I got the details wrong, but these chemicals are also intrinsic to the tobacco plant, and could not be removed by BAT scientists. The role of nicotine?
    “However, nicotine and the increased cholinergic activity it causes have been shown to impede apoptosis, which is one of the methods by which the body destroys unwanted cells (programmed cell death). Since apoptosis helps to remove mutated or damaged cells that may eventually become cancerous, the inhibitory actions of nicotine may create a more favourable environment for cancer to develop, though this also remains to be proven.” http://www.ebasedtreatment.org/drugs/treatment/nicotine/toxicology citing J. A. Campain Nicotine: Potentially a Multifunctional Carcinogen? Toxicological Sciences 79, 1-3 (2004)
    As for the respective actions of the tobacco industry, AGW proponents and various PR machines, I stand by my post above, which is not a rant, simply a plea not to link anti-tobacco movements with the AGW catastrophists, thereby in a sense putting meat on the argument that makes parallels between the tactics of climate sceptics and the tobacco industry.

  166. I worked with Al Gore on a key escrow project when he was Vice-President. He is a clever guy, and certainly knows how to make money.

  167. Subject: Please rethink Al Gore’s honorary Doctorate
    From: W. Earl Allen
    Date: March 4, 2010 9:52:24 AM MST
    To: chancellor@utk.edu
    Dear Chancellor Cheek,
    Rumor has it that you are set to award Albert Gore an honorary doctorate.
    If you do so, it will cheapen every degree granted by your institution.
    Albert Gore is a fraud, a charlatan, a cheap huckster, and a destroyer of the energy and productivity of the American people. His Oscar-winning science fiction horror movie has been proven a complete fraud, and the “science” it espouses is mere politics, not science. If you doubt me, check out this report: http://bit.ly/kjiKe
    If you persist in honoring this man, I will actively dissuade students from attending, and alumni or friends from contributing to, *any* of the University of Tennessee campuses, and most emphatically not UT Knoxville.
    Granting Albert Gore an honorary doctorate will make you the laughingstock of the nation, and Tennessee will henceforward appear to be a state filled with gullible country hicks.
    Albert Gore was born in Washington, DC, was raised in Washington, DC, and lived most of his life in Washington, DC. To call him even a “resident” of Tennessee is an insult to the otherwise fine people of Tennessee, since he jets around the world purveying his purulent pablum from the privileged perch of a private jet.
    Please rescind your offer of this honorary doctorate.
    W. Earl Allen, M.A.

  168. The 10 most bizarre (but real) awards:
    10. Bad Sex in Fiction Award: Worst Sex Scene in a Book
    9. Stella Award: Dumbest Lawsuits
    8. Darwin Award: Dumbest Accidental Deaths
    7. Shorty Award: Best Twitter Lines
    6. The Ernie Awards: Most Sexist Comment
    5. Ig Nobel Prize: Nobel Parody for the Dumbest Scientific Achievements
    4. Golden Raspberry Award: Oscar Parody for Worst Movie
    3. Foot In Mouth Award: Dumbest Comment by a Public Figure
    2. Stinky Shoe Award: Worst Odor in a Pair of Sneakers
    and finally:
    1. UT Knoxville Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Dumbest Spokesperson for Science and Public Policy

  169. ” Pascvaks (07:53:35) :
    Is he wearing lipstick?
    Guys don’t wear lipstick!
    GUYS DON’T WEAR LIPSTICK!!”
    Either he wears loads of make up or loads of photoshop.

  170. I see that the Gore family already provide funding in memory of his sister.
    I expect the Chancellor’s nickname is “Tongue In”

  171. The poll shows that what this guy thinks isn’t worth a pinch o’ racoon shit. His motivation is obvious for those who take an even cursory look. It doesn’t matter whether your view is right or left. On the bright side, he has done more harm to his cause than anyone I can think of. Go AL !!

  172. kwik (09:03:35) : We should seriously addressed BIG OIL and ask them at least a few coupons for free gas refill. ☺
    Now, if you read
    http://www.green-agenda.com/agenda21.html
    you’ll see that the facts are quite the contrary and the Global Warming Scam was and it is promoted by Big Oil. Easy: It helped to increase oil prices to the roof while big resources are found (Gulf area, Brazil-Off shore Rio De Janeiro-, and most recently at England’s Falkland islands’ sea), and also while it has been found at labs that oil won’t ever be exausted as it is the product of a reaction between lime+water+iron oxides at high temperature and pressure.

  173. Regardless of his real qualifications in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (which must be soft sciences indeed!), we can certainly all take a lesson in charity from this man:

    The Alliance for Climate Protection is an organization founded in the United States in 2006 aiming to “persuade people of the importance, urgency and feasibility of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis”.[1] The founder and current chairman of the alliance is former US Vice President Al Gore.
    Funding
    Much of the Alliance’s funding comes from Al Gore’s work. Paramount Classics, distributor of Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth announced in August 2006 that it would donate 5% of all box office receipts to the Alliance. Al Gore is also donating all his proceeds from the film to the Alliance.[4] After receiving the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore pledged to donate 100% of his share of the prize (approximately $1.5 million) to the Alliance.[5] Gore’s recently published book, Our Choice, have had all proceeds donated to the Alliance.

    (Sorry if a repeat of information – haven’t read all comments yet)

  174. Antonio San (08:32:24) :
    “University of Calgary in Canada rushed to give Gore a honorary doctorate…” There was no poll taken here in Alberta about Gore’s honorary doctorate, but I am certain that it would reflect the same numbers as the Tennessee poll.

  175. vigilantfish (09:12:17) :
    “However, nicotine and the increased cholinergic activity it causes have been shown to impede apoptosis, which is one of the methods by which the body destroys unwanted cells (programmed cell death). Since apoptosis helps to remove mutated or damaged cells that may eventually become cancerous, the inhibitory actions of nicotine may create a more favourable environment for cancer to develop, though this also remains to be proven.”

    That is a really good point because apoptosis has been found to increase after the intake of “cat’s claw” (Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis)bark, taken as a tea or as pills or in capsules, which you can get everywhere.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12120814

  176. Does anyone know anything about Gore’s inner circle? I don’t believe he can come up with his misinformation on his own. How does his bureau of misinformation work? Who are these people? What kind of people are they? Where is his headquarters? How does his organization work?
    The man amazes me and I would like more information.

  177. Now the students at U of Tennessee know which way the wind blows – if they had any doubt before.

  178. Zeke the Sneak (09:58:32) :
    Regardless of his real qualifications in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (which must be soft sciences indeed!), we can certainly all take a lesson in charity from this man
    If his charity actually did anything charitable I’d be much more inclined to agree with you 😉

  179. Ooooooops,
    Did you read his new title? “Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology”
    that’s “HLDHL-EEB”
    that’s Dokter Albert Arnold “Al” Gore, Jr, “HLDHL-EEB”
    that’s the missing piece of the ancient Eutruscian Global Warning that foretells the rise of the Great Destroyer of Civilization. He who will send humans back to their most primitive roots; to the Caves of Perdition. We are doomed! Shivia is here!

  180. Zeke the Sneak (10:13:19) : After such an honor given to such a dubious personage, a graduate’s curriculum from that University will be considered, a kind of criminal record!!☺

  181. Ref – nc (10:12:33) :
    “Does anyone know anything about Gore’s inner circle? I don’t believe he can come up with his misinformation on his own. How does his bureau of misinformation work? Who are these people? What kind of people are they? Where is his headquarters? How does his organization work?
    “The man amazes me and I would like more information.”
    ________________________
    I know your as serious as a heart attack but I can’t resist:
    Soooooo… Leaks out of the Cia and Fbi seem to point toward the same source as Obama’s teleprompter. Signals appear to be emminating from a small trade school in the middle of the Gobi desert for Computer Programming and Western Cultural Studies. Several former Soviet Scientists from Eastern Europe appear to be the primary suspects. They currently use old Apple Macs and Nintendo hardware with recently acquired Google-Plex programs.

  182. Being worried by his own low qualifications, he has unsuccesfully tried to be self-educated on climate change. We should encourage him to daily attend this blog.

  183. JonesII (09:58:13) :
    ‘……………………Easy: It helped to increase oil prices to the roof while big resources are found (Gulf area, Brazil-Off shore Rio De Janeiro-, and most recently at England’s Falkland islands’ sea), and also while it has been found at labs that oil won’t ever be exausted as it is the product of a reaction between lime+water+iron oxides at high temperature and pressure………….’
    —————————————————————
    Jones II……You’ve got my attention. Is this old hat or is there a title/thread you can point me to on this here at WUWT that way you don’t have repeat whats been discussed prior. If not…….please expand.

  184. It is just another cynical attempt to give the man legitimacy and gravitas in the eyes of the world, his disciples, and his AGW church.
    Who would have thought in this day and age, the 21st century, that charlatans like this could fool so many, so-called intelligent people, with his pseudo-science, mediaeval philosophies, and attitudes – would you believe it! I can’t!

  185. NickB. (10:45:39) :If his charity actually did anything charitable I’d be much more inclined to agree with you 😉
    Perhaps it is a new category of charity? If charity is relief for the poor, this is simply “preventative charity,” which would prevent Dr. Gore (“HLDHL-EEB”) from ever becoming needy or destitute.
    We need a new category of science where he is, also. There would be “hard,” “soft,” and “infinitely malleable.”

  186. If he gets it he could join the long list of luminaries currently doing Dr. Pepper commercials, Dr J, Dr Dre, Dr Love……
    Trust me, I’m a Dr.

  187. Steve Goddard (09:12:56) :
    I worked with Al Gore on a key escrow project when he was Vice-President. He is a clever guy, and certainly knows how to make money
    ———————
    Wasn’t Whitewater was it? Yeah-the guy knows how to make money. Wasn’t there something about a brown bag/cash/Hindu Temple/Gore combination some where in the past.

  188. I have to say,having not read the article or comments that doctoring Gore would be a good idea.we had three colts doctored recently to take their minds off the mares and it has worked wonders!So I would vote yes, doctor Gore now. A slogan perhaps, or a bumper sticker hehe.

  189. As a Texan, I feel gratitude for the efforts of the brave men who fought and died at the Alamo, including David Crockett and others from Tennessee who gave their lives for Texas independence. There are many such accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history. Al Gore is not one of them.
    -Dave

  190. Ha! These are the same folks who hired Lane Kiffin as football coach, so what do you expect.

  191. Robert E. Phelan (08:34:15) :
    Many climate realists are honest liberals. This is NOT a right-wing, left-wing thing although, again, there are those who would dearly love to portray it that way. When the real liberals discover how their movement has been hijacked by cynical elitests like Gore….
    …they’ll react as the honest liberals who post here did.
    Hooooo-BOY!
    I would *not* care to antagonize Lady Pamela (for one), even for a chance to fly in the Space Shuttle…

  192. “JonesII (09:58:13) :
    […]
    , and most recently at England’s Falkland islands’ sea), and also while it has been found at labs that oil won’t ever be exausted as it is the product of a reaction between lime+water+iron oxides at high temperature and pressure.”
    I suppose you mean this 2009 press release:
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/ci-hit072409.php
    So the russians were right after all. Very interesting. That will really annoy the peak oil people.

  193. UT is dissing themselves –
    I would think they might be a bit more intelligent than this seems to say.
    Do they take away your Nobel and your fake Doctorate when you go to prison?
    Very strange, this is almost like UT has its collective head buried in the sand.
    We all know their will be a reaction at some point to all this fraud – it may come home to UT before they know it.

  194. DirkH (12:26:45) : There are many at the web…so dig it and burn it happily as there is no such thing as the green-house effect: No one won’t melt lead ever with a “green house effect” device.
    http://nov55.com/ntyg.html

  195. AGW Is a ‘effeminate’ front for the various western national Governing bodies concern’s response and planning for peak oil.
    No science to back this up yet. But Govts usually like to see into the future and with France’s Chief- TOTAL(?) barking on about peak oil just a few years ago….
    ….the AGW seems to fit their long range planning like a glove. I would emagine that: Cut birth rate, Highten public transport use, increase MPG of cars, get people to eat local produce, consume less, construct less, not fly in private jets,
    switch to alternate energy sources, Etc.

  196. JonesII :After such an honor given to such a dubious personage, a graduate’s curriculum from that University will be considered, a kind of criminal record!!☺
    JonesII
    Is he related to the Chicago carbon shares stock exchange ?

    Yes and yes. ha! 🙂

  197. I really hate to make emotional comments on blogs, or anywhere else for that matter.
    But, as a former resident of Tennessee, being born and educated there, the act of the University of Tennessee granting Al Gore an honorary degree makes me want to throw up.
    Sorry, folks.

  198. Anyone interested in buying carbon shares?, may be Spain or Greece to strengthen their broken green economies….

  199. Not quite. Here are a few interesting quotes from the book, The Stupidest Things Ever Said by Politicians:
    On Illegal Fund-Raisers at Buddhist Temples, Al Gore on:
    Explanation number 1: It wasn’t a fund-raiser, it was a “community outreach event.”
    Explanation number 2: It wasn’t a fund-raiser, it was just “finance-related.”
    Explanation number 3: It wasn’t a fund-raiser, it was a “donor-maintenance meeting.”
    There’s also this amusing tidbit:
    On Historical Knowledge, Vice-Presidential:
    “Who are these guys?”
    Al Gore, referring to the busts of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, and Lafayette on a televised tour of Monticello. (p. 109)
    And this:
    “A zebra cannot change its spots.” (p. 54)
    And this:
    On Senator’s Sons, Typical Days of:
    “[My father] taught me how to clean out hog waste with a shovel and a hose. He taught me how to clear land with an ax. He taught me how to plow a steep hillside with a team of mules. He taught me how to take up hay all day long in the hot sun and then, after a dinner break, go help the neighbors take up hay before the rain came and spoiled it on the ground.”
    Vice President Al Gore on the virtues of farm life, not mentioning that, as a rich senator’s son, all this was presumably learned on summer vacation from Harvard. A real farmer’s son, Republican National chairman Jim Nicholson, replied, “Mr. Vice President, with all due respect, you’re shoveling a lot more of it right now than you ever did back then.” (p. 141)
    And this:
    On Timing is Everything:
    “[Due to pollution, cars pose] a mortal threat to the security of every nation.”
    Senator Al Gore in his 1992 book,
    Earth in the Balance.
    “Here in Motor City we recognize that cars have done more than fuel our commerce. Cars have freed the American spirit and given us the chance to chase our dreams.”
    Vice President Al Gore — while gearing up for his 2000 presidential run — in a 1999 speech to the Economic club of Detroit. (p. 253)

  200. johnnythelowery (05:27:51) :
    ‘Doctor the evidence’

    How about, “Doctor OF Evidence”?

  201. R. Gates (07:06:46) :
    Meanwhile, March 2010 tropospheric temps continue the near record levels that we saw in January and February…
    See: http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/
    and so the year is still very much on track to be the warmest year on instrument record. With solar activity increasing rapidly, and GCR’s on the decline, short of a Mt. Pinatubo type volcanic activity, we will have a record warm year. But still, I think arctic sea ice will NOT see a record low summer minimum this year, but definitely in 2011.

    The skeptics on https://www.Intrade.com will give you 2 to 1 odds against that assertion. (36 cents wins you a dollar, roughly.) It’s free money, from your POV. Why not show your sincerity and bet against them? It doesn’t look good that you skeptics won’t back up your opinions with cash.

  202. oops_- the last sentence above should have read:
    “It doesn’t look good that you skeptics insisters won’t back up your opinions with cash.”

  203. “Mr. Gore’s high school performance on the college board achievement tests in physics (488 out of 800; “Terrible,” St. Albans retired teacher and assistant headmaster John Davis told The Post) and chemistry (519 out of 800; “He didn’t do too well in chemistry,” Mr. Davis observed) suggests that Mr. Gore would have trouble with science for the rest of his life….”
    Those are T scores, so the average is 500 and one sigma = 100. A 488 in physics is just slightly below average; a 519 in chem just slightly above average. These scores are not terrible, just way too low to get into engineering schools. (Except the one where the players exchange high sixes after they score a TD. I name no names.)

  204. Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – Will that mean he can now call himself a Scientist ?

  205. The UT should don this honoree in a coonskin cap instead of an academic mortarboard.

  206. Well, Mike Tyson received an honorary doctorate too. At his ceremony he uttered the funniest line I have ever heard. Said big Mike,”I don’t know what kind of doctor I am but looking at all you fine sisters out there, I hope I’m a gynecologist.” And he said it with a sleazy grin and voice inflection. In the background you could see the real Professors with bowed heads obviously wondering why the hell they gave him anything.

  207. johnnythelowery,
    Key escrow is data encryption terminology. Nothing to do with real estate.

  208. ……………………….Roger Knights (14:51:26) :
    R. Gates (07:06:46) :
    Meanwhile, March 2010 tropospheric temps continue the near record levels that we saw in January and February…
    See: http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/
    and so the year is still very much on track to be the warmest year on instrument record. With solar activity increasing rapidly, and GCR’s on the decline, short of a Mt. Pinatubo type volcanic activity, we will have a record warm year. But still, I think arctic sea ice will NOT see a record low summer minimum this year, but definitely in 2011.
    The skeptics on https://www.Intrade.com will give you 2 to 1 odds against that assertion. (36 cents wins you a dollar, roughly.) It’s free money, from
    your POV. Why not show your sincerity and bet against them? It doesn’t look good that you skeptics won’t back up your opinions with cash…………………..
    ——————————————————–
    Roger: Harold Roubini, some time ago, said the US is bankrupt, we just havn’t crossed the finishing line yet. So, given the dollar is worthless, it’s got to be cases of beer. And not that ‘freeze to absolute zero as it has no taste’ lager rubbish like Schlitz, Rolling Rock. it’s gotta be the real stuff: Like a case of Burtons, Hardy Hansons, Marstons, flowers,…………….

  209. Steve Goddard (18:34:51) :
    johnnythelowery,
    Key escrow is data encryption terminology. Nothing to do with real estate
    ————————————————————
    Steve: You know Al Gore. why can’t he face the truth regarding the errosion of the foundation of AGW? You know the guy-why are we still having these conversations with him as if the center of gravity on the issue hasn’t shifted precipitiously in the past few years?

  210. crosspatch (22:59:11) : Dr. of Scatology, PhD (piled high and deep)
    No, surely it should be a doctorate in Taurocoprology? If there has to be any award?

  211. I laughed too, then
    Nancy Gore seat..so theres the inducement
    .Whats that endowment worth per year to the uni?
    also no one seems to have commented, he OWNS? runs Tv Media, = get the kiddies early, make educational? falsehoods like that Inconvenient hype, and get it into schools and educational areas.
    sneaky
    also
    he is NOT the VP anymore, I am quite amazed at how many reports suggest/imply, he IS the current VP.
    hes an EX Vp.
    please some one..assure me he and Tipper? didnt have spawn

  212. I detest honorary degrees in all fashions. Those who deserve (Einstein, Crick, Feynman, etc) them don’t need them. If they don’t have their doctorate already, anyone who has made enough of an impact to get one can get it through the normal thesis process. Perhaps an “honorary” degreee could be issued on rare occasions where the classroom training was administratively waived and simply have their work be presented in thesis form.
    Those that cannot get a doctorate through normal means should not be awarded it via administrative fiat. The title of Doctor, whether medical or philisophical, is a badge of honor and pride for everyone that earns it. I sacrificed my dreams of that title in order to support to my family, but under no circumstances should anyone claim it undeservedly.

  213. It is to be hoped that more of this occurs and finally his head will swell so much it will explode. End of an ending and the rest of us can get on with life on planet Earth.

  214. Would you like to know how far back this interference of gov. into education goes? In 1974 I graduated from the University of Tenn College of Dentistry. I then went to work for the University as an Instructor on the clinical floor supervising dental students work. In 1973 the Federal Gov started providing increased funding for all the healthcare schools….medical, dental, and pharmacy……the deal was….stop flunking out students. They did ….and what I saw in the character of inept and untalented students that were graduated onto the public would give you pause! I saw this throughout my thirty year private practice career.
    Sincerely,
    Dr Jack Bailey….DDS, pilot, and 17 year climate science student
    PS….what Al Gore, in my professional opinion has done, is crimminal !

  215. From a friend in a foreign country who worked at NOAA in the 1960’s
    “I will send my Al Gore message in TWO PARTS.
    This is PART ONE: Preliminary
    Gore was a new arrival in the US House in 1978 when (XXXXX) knew him. He knew Government funding practices inside and out. His dad was Al Gore Senior.
    Conclusion: Al Gore Junior knew and he used Cold War Government funding practices with great ease. Gore is a relic of Cold War funding practices. Al Gore Junior will never tell you what he is doing or why or how. The only thing you know for sure is that what he says is NOT what he is doing. That was the Cold War. We called it Blue Sky. You took available money and you did as you pleased.
    The Cold War was a time of very very very rapid electronic development. Government funding simply could not target any given program area. We never did the same thing twice. And certainly we never waited for the Congress to appropriate the money.
    I tell you all that because that is still very much the way government funding works. The DOD money pushes the frontier of technological innovation at the speed of light.
    With that in mind Al Gore rescued the DOD funded ARPA Net. He made it civilian. What you know today as the Inter Net started as the ARPA Net. Al Gore kept the DOD funding in place and did his thing. I am sure there are no official documents that tell you anything. That was the Cold War. There are also no official documents to tell you about the preliminary work that was done or how it was done to create the ARPA Net. It started in Boulder. I was in Boulder 19XX-19XX. No names please. The ARPA Net was one of several things that came as a consequence of spin off from the arrival of a rather stable, rather small atomic clock and the miniaturization of electronics.
    Anyone who believes anything Al Gore says has to be crazy. He goes where the money is and he does his thing.
    Take care.” XOXO
    PART TWO of TWO.
    Al Gore again.
    Al Gore takes existing DOD money for civilian use.
    The civilian space program started with the IGY International Geophysical Year 1957-1958 by taking large amounts of existing DOD money for civilian use.
    Yesterday I talked about Al Gore taking large amounts of DOD money for civilian use, the InterNet.
    That he did when he first arrived in the House in 1978.
    My best guess for today would be that Al Gore has not changed. Al Gore is taking large amounts of DOD money for civilian use.
    The civilian program he is funding by taking large amounts of DOD money is the IPY International Polar Year 2007-2008.
    No. He has no idea where the money goes.
    He knows you cannot control government funding.
    He just throws DOD money at civilian science.
    The reason I jumped in here to use the computer is the cold temperature reported for Moscow.
    Did you notice it.
    Away I go.?”
    I get by with a little help from my friends.

  216. UT Trustee Doug Horne used to be the Democrat State Party Chairman in Tennessee. He’s the guy you see praising Gore and probably the guy who pushed for this.
    Before Gore enriched himself with warming-hoax profit and got his own plane, he used to fly around gratis on Doug Horne’s private plane.

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