Al Gore's credibility wanes – just 24% now consider him to be an "expert" on global warming

With the upcoming Gore-a-thon set for September 14th, Gore needs an attention boost more than ever. And that’s not all, the number of people that beleive the sun has a role is growing. 60% of likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that the level of activity on the sun, including solar flares and sunspots, has an impact on the long-term heating and cooling of the earth’s atmosphere. Just 22% feel that it’s unlikely solar activity influences the atmosphere’s long-term temperature.

From Rasmussen reports:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 24% of voters consider Gore an expert on global warming. Fifty-nine percent (59%) do not think Gore is an expert on the subject, an increase in skepticism of 12 points since March 2007.  Another 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

While a plurality of Democrats (43%) considers Gore an expert on global warming, most Republicans (80%) and voters not affiliated with either major political party (65%) disagree.

Gore may disagree, but most voters believe solar activity has an impact on global cooling and warming. A narrow plurality gives human activity the edge over sun activity, though, when it comes to which one has a bigger impact on the problem.

Gore is viewed at least somewhat favorably by 40% of voters, with 14% holding a Very Favorable opinion of him. Fifty-three percent (53%) regard him at least somewhat unfavorably, including 38% with a Very Unfavorable view.

That’s some bad chakra. Even serial wailer Bill McKibben’s message on “weather is climate, it really is, especially when there’s a hurricane” is falling out of favor too:

With hurricane season in full swing, 41% of American Adults believe global warming is creating climate changes that lead to more extreme weather events.  But that’s down 14 points from June 2008 when 55% felt that way. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree and say global warming is not producing more extreme weather.

Read the whole report here at Rasmussen reports

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rbateman

Al is fast being relegated to a Used Climate Theory Salesman…in a bad economy.

Adam

Do you have back reports? It would be fun to graph these and see the trend over the last several years.

Jenn Oates

There shouldn’t be even that many who take him seriously…I blame terrible high school science teachers.
(Hey, wait just a darn minute there…)
🙂

Leon Brozyna

Note to Al Gore:
The end is near … it comes for thee.

Mike Bromley the Kurd

Not to be a balloon-breaker or anything, but I’m a consesus-skeptic, no matter whose consensus is being trotted out. While I may agree that the statistics suggest that the Al Gore Rhythm is getting increasingly un-groovy, his drum beat is still loud, and still dangerous. I hope you’re right, rbateman, but until Gore can credibly silence himself, we should all be worried.

Dave Wendt

Algore’s primary failing is finally catching up to him. Al’s problem is that he has not for a moment behaved in his personal life as if he took all the hysterical BS he’s been relentlessly spreading the least bit seriously. 99% of the public haven’t got a clue about the science of the climate, but they do love their gossip. When you’re ranting hysterically about 20 foot rises in sea level, while simultaneously purchasing a couple multi-million dollar sea side properties even the detached public will notice eventually. When you are telling people they need to ditch their SUVs and confine their transport to micro electric suicide boxes, while flying about on private jets and being driven around by convoys of even bigger SUVs, which sit idling outside while you make your little speeches and collect your honoraria, people will notice. Al has always talked the talk, but not once has really walked the walk. It took much longer than I thought, but the world is finally on to him.

KenB

If you start from a position of lying to support your political objective, its inconvenient that the great unwashed masses (us) wont forget what you did and why you did it. No amount of hand waving and personal attacks on the integrity of others will wipe out that memory. Our dear (read economically destructively expensive) Prime minister Julia would well consider that point,
There comes a time to recant and simply say, I was wrong, instead of digging the hole deeper!!

criminogenic

Shows how dumb Americans are, it is impossible for the Sun to be responsible for warming as Sloar activity has been declining for the last 30 years.

tokyoboy

24%………still so many??

Dave N

When someone attempts to rebut mostly with terms like “bullsh*t”, their credibility is likely to plummet.

Andrew Harding

The warmists forgot one thing when they tried to persuade the world that AGW is happening and that is common sense. They were unable to provide answers to the following questions:
1) Why should I be paying a fortune for my gas,electricity,petrol and flights and have my countryside disfigured by windmills when industrial giants like China and India do nothing and have booming economies?
2) What % of CO2 in the atmosphere is regarded as “safe”?
3) 3% of CO2 in the atmosphere is man made, how do we deal with the other 97%?
4) Why have we had three cold winters in a row (with a fourth predicted) when we were told that AGW would mean that snow in the UK would be a thing of the past?
5) Likewise with the cool and wet summers?
6) Why are we building more wind turbines when we need power stations running in the background to provide power when the wind doesn’t blow?
7) Why are people who question AGW derided, insulted and described as “mentally ill” by AGW supporters?
8) If the science is “settled” why do we need more money pumped into research?
9) Is AGW as likely to end the world as HIV, bird flu, swine flu, tobacco, alcohol, mad cow disease, the millennium bug, 2012 and whatever date this year that some idiot told us would end mankind?
10) Climategate, hockey sticks, lawyers paid vast sums to prevent data paid for by the public, being seen by the public?
11) The global economic meltdown will be nothing in comparison to what will happen to the worldwide economy if we reduce CO2 emissions to the levels proposed. Is it worth it?

dp

Al’s problem is nobody doesn’t know a nutter when they see one. If there’s anyone in Amurika today that needs to keep their damn closet door closed, it is the Gorical.
Come on, y’all, you know the tune, sing it! He’s got dirty laundry…
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/don+henley/dirty+laundry_20042033.html

pat

didn’t realise we were asleep!
9 Sept: Sydney Morning Herald, Australia: Adam Gartrell, AAP Diplomatic Correspondent: UN boss urges climate sceptics to wake up
United Nations boss Ban Ki-moon has urged sceptical Australians to face up to the “alarming” reality of climate change as he wrapped up a week-long tour of the Pacific…
“For those people who are still sceptical about the impact of climate change then I would invite them to visit Kiribati,” Mr Ban told journalists in Canberra.
“I would invite them to visit the Aral Sea or Lake Chad.
“You will see very clearly that something is happening much, much faster than you may think. This is alarming.”…
“The Aral Sea was more shocking,” he said.
“What I saw was continuing, endless seabed, now only salt. There was no single drop of water I could see.”
Mr Ban said the science of climate change was clear.
“We must take action. Every country – big or small – they have to take their national measures. And every citizen, they have to do their own (part).”…
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/un-boss-urges-climate-sceptics-to-wake-up-20110909-1k11a.html

Anthony Scalzi

Andrew Harding says:
September 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm
2) What % of CO2 in the atmosphere is regarded as “safe”?
In a similar manner, asked but unanswered is ‘What is the ideal global temperature anomaly?’

criminogenic says:
September 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm
Shows how dumb Americans are, it is impossible for the Sun to be responsible for warming as Sloar activity has been declining for the last 30 years.

If you have a high flame under a pot of water, it will heat the water up even if you turn the flame down a bit. The Sun was more than averagely active all the way from around the mid 1930’s all the way to 2003. That’s why the ocean continued to accumulate heat content, despite the decline in the peak amplitudes of the solar cycles after 1958.
http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/nailing-the-solar-activity-global-temperature-divergence-lie/

Athelstan.

24%?
You’re kidding me.

Who’s the skinny guy holding the sign?

John Marshall

What do you expect he is a politician. They are ignorant self aggrandizing specimens after all they can get to boost the bank balance. Gore is no exception.

Gabriell

New video released from Gore:

‘Al’, ‘Gore’ and ‘expert’. Three words that should never be used in the same sentance.

Antony

“Shows how dumb Americans are, it is impossible for the Sun to be responsible for warming as [b]Sloar[/b] activity has been declining for the last 30 years.”
Oh, the irony…

John Trigge

Meanwhile,
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he hopes Australia will “lead the way” globally in combating climate change.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/ban-kimoon-challenges-climate-sceptics-20110908-1jzg1.html#ixzz1XRbBiR8w

Al may be losing his mojo but there are others still beating the same drum.

David, UK

criminogenic says:
September 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm
Shows how dumb Americans are, it is impossible for the Sun to be responsible for warming as Sloar activity has been declining for the last 30 years.

Haha! Shows how dumb YOU are! Do some (real) research first before posting simplistic illogical statements. And consider this: If two men are in a race, and one starts running faster than the other, he will overtake the other man and get away. Then, if the faster man starts to slow down a little he will STILL keep getting further ahead as long as he is still running faster. So, yes the sun has been “slowing down” a little (as it were), but it’s still been running fast enough to get away.

Mike Bromley the Kurd says: September 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Not to be a balloon-breaker or anything, but I’m a consesus-skeptic, no matter whose consensus is being trotted out.
Totally agree with you, and I doubt you’ll find a single person here that disagrees with you!

I see we have the “pleasure” of hosting Al Gored, in Edinburgh on 27-28Sept.
Now if anyone could give me the £774.00 to get in, I will promise to do my utmost to ask gore some of the questions he doesn’t want to answer.
It’s very tempting – Just an hour away – even if only I had a pile of leaflets to hand out.

Why would anyone consider Al Gore an expert on Climate Change. He simply parrots what he’s retrieved from others.

rbateman

Mike Bromley the Kurd says:
September 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Gore built his following on political fad, being that Global Warming was all the rage.
When the public opinion moved on, he lost it. He cannot rewin those whom he lost along the way.
Even worse for Gore, he has no coattails to ride upon, and Tipper left him.
Yes, that makes him dangerous.
How does he now deal with it?

richard verney

Andrew Harding says:
September 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm
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A good summary.
As the ‘common’ man is forced to dig ever deeper into their pocket to pay for green taxes and subsidies, as fuel bill escalate so that they cannot afford to heat themselves properly and are forced to cut back enduring a cold house during cold winters, and as the economic depression bites harder and harder and it can be seen that many cuts could be avoided by simply putting the green agenda on hold, there will at grass root level be more skeptism of the green agenda and moving away by the populus.
It is easy to look cool and be green until you have to pay for it and rather than appearing cool be forced to endure the cold..
The tide of public perception is turning and this will continue to gain momentum. The politicians are lagging behind public perception but they too will eventually see the light and note that a tipping point has been reached after which the green folly will be abandoned as they scrabble to be re-elected

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Ollie

What I find rather telling abotu Gore’s latest attempt at publicity is that the only place I’ve seen it mention is…
here.
Not even the BBC, which is fully signed up to CAGW and promoting it at every turn, has a peep about it.
Sorry, Al, nobody cares about you any more.

wayne Job

This Gore person seems deluded by his own perception of his infallible influence. Sadly for him the decline in his following is having an adverse effect on his persona.
In the past with adulating crowds he rose in his own mind to a messiah complex, alas for Al he is now seen more as a buffoon, a person to be mocked and derided in song and parody.
This final overture will probably be his swan song. Bye Al

Frank K.

So, can we infer that the credibility of the IPCC is on equal footing with Al Gore’s?
Nobel Peace Prize 2007
The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 was awarded jointly to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”.
(I still think it’s hilarious that Al got HALF of the Nobel Prize loot and the IPCC had to split their’s [LOL!!].)

John Whitman

Al who?
(only echos)
John

Richard A.

Adams says, “Do you have back reports? It would be fun to graph these and see the trend over the last several years.”
I have the numbers and they show a clear trend upward actually, with in fact a spike upwards in recent years. That is the adjusted data of course with some proxies included, I’ll get around to archiving everything… someday.
Actually I think I lost the original data. But trust me, his popularity is increasing

The most impressive part of this Attitude Adjustment is that it happened without any help at all from mass media. All “news” stories continue to be written by the Carbon Cult, all “entertainment” assumes the CO2 theory is as self-evident as gravity, all “science” magazines devote half their pages to the latest false and invalid epicycle.
It’s a lot like the last decades of the Soviet Union. Pravda and Tass continued to carry the party line, but absolutely nobody believed them.
You’d think the mass media would realize that they’ve already killed their own golden goose, but it’s clear by now that they can’t realize anything. They’ve passed beyond the bounds of sanity, beyond the bounds of normal commercial reasoning.

Andre

Another note for Al:
The Climate reality project has been identified as moral panic.
http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Students/hrb9701.html
And the mechanism is very simple:
http://www.uncommondescent.com/science/h-l-mencken-on-the-urge-to-save-humanity/
“the urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.”
H.L. mencken

Steve R

“Dave N says:
September 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm
When someone attempts to rebut mostly with terms like “bullsh*t”, their credibility is likely to plummet.”
Personally I’ve always found “Horsesh*t” to be the more effective rebuttal.

Alan Watt

I would not make too much out of public opinion polls. Public opinion is notoriously fickle, and even when the pollsters do a careful job designing and administering the poll questions, the results (IMHO) are “soft” and can quickly change with circumstances.
I suspect most of the decline in the public’s acceptance of AGW theory and agenda is the increasing disinclination to embark in large, costly and economically damaging schemes to slow or halt it. People in the US and other industrial societies are more and more focused on their personal economic circumstances and less and less confident they can afford the cost and disruption the remedies pushed by Al Gore et. al. will entail.
When the economy turns around, I suspect AGW concerns will become trendier. Of course, in order for the economy to turn around, we have to stop flogging it with stupid policies like Cap & Trade, carbon taxes, regulatory strangulation of energy development, etc. Once we escape the immediate situation caused in part by our own stupidity, people will probably embrace another round of the same stupidity, as long as it makes them feel good.
As Churchill summarized his final volume of the history of WWII:
“How the democracies triumphed, and were thereby able to resume the practices which had so nearly cost them their lives”. [ Quotation from memory; don’t hold me to the exact wording ].
— “Put not your faith in the gratitude of princes” [ or the constancy of public opinion ]
PS: The Aral Sea situation referred to by UK Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (comment by “pat” above) is indeed an ecological disaster, but it has nothing to do with Global Warming and was instead caused entirely by stupid Soviet actions starting in the 1960’s to support cotton farming.
I can’t think of a better example to argue *against* engaging in a massive government-run initiative to “fix” Global Warming.

Olen

There is no accounting for people who believe in fiction. There were people who believed the movie Apocalypse Now accurately depicted how it was in the Vietnam War. Go figure.
While you might give someone a break on believing the movie how do you give a break to anyone who doubts the impact of the sun on the earths climate yet believes in a snake oil salesman looking for profit?

“60% of likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that the level of activity on the sun, including solar flares and sunspots, has an impact on the long-term heating and cooling of the earth’s atmosphere.”
The irony ! Talk about getting your head chopped off by your own weapon!
The tactics was to come up with lots of simple messages about CAGW so that everyone would get it….slogans……and ended up with people seeing through the message….

Nuke Nemesis

Public opinion is fickle and can turn on a dime. Remember, our children get 12-years of public school education indoctrination before they become old enough to vote.

More proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time – at least 24%.

Climate Dissident

Since Lake Chad’s problems started in the early 60s, it again is not really a poster child for ‘Climate Mot-du-Jour’ and much of its problems are overusing/overgrazing.

View from the Solent

Now manbearpig and his associates are planning to flood the net with spam.
“Yes, the latest frontier in online activism has been breached by Gore and the kids over at the Climate Reality Project, who want you to donate your Facebook and/or Twitter account so they can force your friends to be as active as you are in fighting the Green fight.”
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/09/al_gore_asks_people_to_donate_their_social_media_accounts/

Latitude

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 24% of voters consider Gore an expert on global warming
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Conservatives do not poll……
…they hang up

Mike86

I’m really sorry to quote Wikipedia, but the Aral Sea climate quote got me interested:
“Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet Union irrigation projects.”
How is it climate change if they pumped the water out?

John Whitman

Nuke Nemesis says:
September 9, 2011 at 6:01 am
Public opinion is fickle and can turn on a dime. Remember, our children get 12-years of public school education indoctrination before they become old enough to vote.
———————–
Nuke Nemesis,
For me it is fundamentally in doubt that a free society can remain free if most of its education is from state schools.
The situation in that regard is not optimistic. But there are many other aspects of the human condition that make future freedom very optimistic, indeed.
John