Stange juxtaposition of Al Gore related stories today.
The College Democrats will be appealing for almost $145,000 to pay Al Gore to speak on campus. That is equal to the amount used to fund the eight main speakers last year, including news anchor Soledad O’Brien, PostSecret founder Frank Warren, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and journalist Nicholas Kristof.
If passed, it would be SU Treasury’s first time allocating more than $100,000 toward one speaker. Last year, it rejected the College Democrats’ appeal for $127,000 to bring TV comedy personality Bill Maher to campus.
(Reuters) – Former President Al Gore will renew his 30-year campaign to convince skeptics of the link between climate change and extreme weather events this week in a 24-hour global multi-media event.
“24 Hours of Reality” will broadcast a presentation by Al Gore every hour for 24 hours across 24 different time zones from Wednesday to Thursday, with the aim of convincing climate change deniers and driving action against global warming among households, schools and businesses.
“There will be 200 new slides arguing the connection between more extreme weather and climate change,” Trewin Restorick, chief executive of the event’s UK partner Global Action Plan, told Reuters on Monday.
“There will be a full-on assault on climate skeptics, exploring where they get their funding from.”
I dunno, trying to convince people by attacking them while at the same time commanding exorbitant speaking fees for your opinion that most of the American public doesn’t see you as an expert in any more, according to this recent Rasmussen poll, doesn’t seem like a plan to “win the future”. It seems more like a plan that will speak to the faithful, bolster Oreskes style stereotypes, and deepen division even more. If Al can’t argue the science anymore (not that he was very good at it in the first place) then I think that this attempt to smear will be seen as desperation.
One thing we probably won’t see from Mr. Gore will be comparative sums between his funding and that of skeptics.
Calling people deniers sure isn’t a good way to start converting them. Perhaps we’ll need to count how many times that offensive word is used in the Gore-a-thon.
h/t to Tom Nelson