Post by Ryan Maue
You knew it was only a matter of time after the Rolling Stone criticism of Obama on climate, but Al Gore is back and in a big way. Some are calling it an Inconvenient Truth 2.0 with a brand new slide show connecting extreme weather with global warming. The new “Climate Reality Project” moniker replaces Gore’s previous Alliance for Climate Protection racket. UK Guardian eco-journalist Suzanne Goldenberg gives away the store with this line: “The campaign represents a modest comeback for Gore who has reduced his public profile on climate action in the past few years – probably out of consideration for the political consequences to his fellow Democrat Barack Obama.”
So Al Gore’s decision to lower his profile was to avoid forcing Obama to make politically unpopular decisions? I think there are additional reasons related to his personal life.
Thankfully, Al Gore is back and is planning “24-hours of Reality“on September 14 to connect the dots between extreme weather and global warming. So, unless he is planning on presenting a lecture on the coupled atmosphere-ocean dynamics of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (e.g. La Nina and El Nino), the presentation may not take more than a few minutes. Anecdotal evidence, commissioned puff pieces in SciAm, and hand-wavy slogans about “loading the dice” are not going to cut it anymore.
Gore has put out a new video trailer: it’s clear he has worked on his lecture delivery to sound even more professorial, elitist, and condescending. Experts such as NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen and NCAR’s Dr. Kevin Trenberth are prominently mentioned in several interviews given by Al Gore.
Another aspect of the Gore resurrection is the lockstep adherence to his brand of climate change orthodoxy by his sychophants in the liberal media. Here are some links for a flavor:
Joe Romm: Exclusive: Al Gore On His ‘Climate Realilty Project’ Launch: “It’s Urgent To Rendezvous With Reality To Save The Future Of Civilization As We Know It.”
Suzanne Goldenberg: UK Guardian: Al Gore returns with new climate campaign. Climate Reality Project aims to expose reality of global warming crisis and kicks off with a 24-hour live streamed event
Chris Mooney: some blog: Al Gore Launches the “Climate Reality Project” — which deserves some quotes since he is right on the money:
In my view, Gore has been pretty much right about the science of climate all along. But sad to say, everything I’ve learned about this issue convinces me that there is little he can say or do to get conservative climate “skeptics” to accept that.
Yes, they need to renounce their counter-reality and come back to this one. But paradoxically, having Al Gore tell them that may just drive them farther away. Let’s hope he can appeal to the middle, anyway…
Grist: “All of the group’s efforts will be devoted to spreading the truth about the climate crisis and the solutions to it, making use of the thousands of slideshow presenters that Gore has trained over the last few years. It sounds like the group’s political lobbying will more or less fall by the wayside.”