Notes from a 'mole' in Al Gore's Climate Leadership Training

climate-reality-leadership-corps-190x240[1]A person who is actually a climate skeptic (and WUWT regular) applied for and was granted a training slot in Chicago this week. http://climaterealityproject.org/leadership-corps/ and has graduated as one of the 1500 people that attended the event.

For obvious reasons, I can’t reveal the person’s name, but I can reveal the communication I received last night.

The ‘mole’ writes:

I’m now a card-carrying, official Gore-bot.

(I took copious notes)

a) This was a super-liberal “kum-bay-ya” crowd as I predicted.  I kept many of my opinions to myself. The event truly did have a “religious cult programming” feel to it, similar to an Amway meeting I attended years ago – carefully timed applause, audience call & response etc.  Very bizarre.

b) Al Gore himself went through the entire slide show that we are supposed to use as his “Climate Leaders.”  Quite honestly, there is nothing new here, EXCEPT that there is no trace of the “hockey stick” graph that was so central to “An Inconvenient Truth”!! Amazing, considering how central that was to their arguments!

c) Instead, Al lumps data together year-by-year or decade-by-decade to show an ever increasing rise in temps.  He poo-pooed measurement inaccuracies, specifically mentioning UHI effects and saying that the scientists determined these were insignificant.

d) A couple graphs stood out – one showed the documented rise in temperature PRECEDES the rise in CO2 which he brushed aside as “typical variation.”  The only hockey stick was one that projected atmospheric CO2 over time, jumping up drastically in coming years.  I didn’t have time to write units down, but it was a big jump.  It could be a realistic rise with China & India bringing new coal plants online, I’d have to check any citations.

e)  Al’s presentation was heavy on his new concept of “dirty weather,” see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/24-hours-of-reality-dirty-weather_n_2130344.html

To summarize, I didn’t see anything new or ground-breaking in this mess.  Most slides were BS, typical “this is due to climate, not weather” type stuff we kick around on WUWT all the time.  Hurricane Sandy, torrential rains in Pakistan etc.

Personal observations:

a) We skeptics ain’t liked much with them folks.  The “d” word (denier) was used liberally, and I queried several participants, some of who were very cool folks, about it.  Al Gore and his speakers used “Denier,” “Denial Industry” and other terms I found objectionable. Lousy salesmen, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

b) Nothing new was presented, technically speaking.  This thing was “An Inconvenient Truth” redux, with much of the controversial stuff (hockey stick & drowning polar bears) deleted.  Al got our message, he doesn’t seem to want to engage folks like us.

c) Al gave some insights into his own choices for low-carbon technologies, with a focus upon photovoltaics & wind power.  He doesn’t like BWR nukes and objects because of financial reasons, which I agree with (particularly post-Fukishima).  He mentioned that Oak Ridge National Labs in TN is testing a variety of nuclear reactor designs which sound promising (thorium maybe?) but didn’t elaborate.

d) Stuff I’m interested in, like ocean acidification, were only briefly touched upon.  Al didn’t discuss the diplomacy challenges of engaging China and India, although he did mention their growing carbon output.

Quick summary: 

Al is a polished speaker, and looked trim & in shape.  Very impressive command of his speaking material.  Decent speakers lined up, including some sustainability folks from private industry.  I’m told the health/climate breakout session was terrible & am glad I took a pass on it.

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UPDATE: Since many of the Gore followers are arriving here, I welcome you to answer this question that nobody would ask Mr. Gore this week:

If the position and science is so strong, why did Mr. Gore have to fake the results of his experiment in the Climate 101 video (which you may have seen and is still on the climate reality web page).

You can see the experiment recreated here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/climate-fail-files/gore-and-bill-nye-fail-at-doing-a-simple-co2-experiment/

For the few of you brave enough, thanks for taking the time to answer that question – Anthony

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Yep, I attended a session in New Zealand given by one of Al’s “Graduates” – long on rhetoric sorely missing on factual content. An appeal to emotion not logic.
Glad mine was only an hour
Andi

temp

So that slide show should hit the internet soon as its for public/cult follower use on the public?
Was their free buffet? If so free bacon?

REPLY:
There are no plans to leak Al’s slide show. From what I hear, there’s not much there that isn’t already widely available. – Anthony

Hari Seldon

erm…just one thought…they don’t want to catch any flies. They want the flies to be ‘disapeared’ .

Latimer Alder

Reading some of the tweets by other attendees, the ‘cult’ idea seems true. Example
‘Al Gore made me cry three times today :-)’
I am just reminded of PG Wodehouse’s ‘Roderick Spode’.

temp

“REPLY: There are no plans to leak Al’s slide show. From what I hear, there’s not much there that isn’t already widely available. – Anthony”
from this section
Al Gore himself went through the entire slide show that we are supposed to use as his “Climate Leaders.”
I assumed the cultists plan to release it themselves. More of a question of did they give a date when they plan to do it… always good to have the rubber boots out for the incoming flood of stupid.
REPLY: Actually, from what I’ve read, Al Gore tightly controls those slides, and will take legal action against any of the followers that release them into the public domain. As we saw in AIT, most of it isn’t his original work, just window dressing the work of others, so his claim for intellectual property rights might not hold up. – Anthony

Steve Case

I had to Google BWR to find out that it meant Boiling Water Reactor.

Well done! I wonder if there were any more hidden skeptics in there, or how many were checking it out (rather than full-blown alarmists)? I wonder how many he turned off.
What was the turn-out, by the way? I heard Al was having trouble getting the numbers he wanted. I also understand the newspapers sometimes (cough, cough) exaggerate the numbers to various protests. Al certainly has exaggerated his viewing number when he did that 24 hour thing some time ago, so he will no doubt exaggerate now.
Thank you for going in there and giving us all a peek.

yes, the climate is changing
Al Gore is right about that.
it is just not man made
http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2013/04/29/the-climate-is-changing/

Did you go in the toilet cubicals and swob them with a test kit to see if you could find any traces of CoCaine.

temp

“REPLY: Actually, from what I’ve read, Al Gore tightly controls those slides, and will take legal action against any of the followers that release them into the public domain. As we saw in AIT, most of it isn’t his original work, just window dressing the work of others, so his claim for intellectual property rights might not hold up. – Anthony”
So little confused are they handing the slides out to the foot cultists to display in closed door forums then? Or are they going to use some other presentation as the push? I’m assuming its the closed door setup and they will ban ppl from taking pictures of the slides and so forth.
So then the question is is this kind of an al-gore proxy cultist rally they will hold behind closed doors for the faithful? Normally propaganda you want to throw far and wide. Maybe he’s getting scared the faithful are losing the faith… or its just another way to cash in.

Kev-in-Uk

My immediate thoughts are that this is probably similar to the pressure sales technique used in the past for Timeshares and holiday ‘clubs’, etc. Slick punchy presentation with little chance for debate or discussion! All of which is entirely the mantra of ‘cultist’ type organisations.
If people (sheeple?) want to be treated that way, that is their choice! I guess when they are finally herded into fuel poverty pens and sit awaiting their slow freezing demise, they may wish they had taken a more rounded view?

X Anomaly

Thankyou very much for this. Very interesting. My personal believe is that people like Gore (and the administration associated with him), who have gone out on a limb on this issue, are in fact the greatest barrier to scientific progress.
1) Did you have to pay for the event? Because Al Gore really does know how to make cash and I’m just wondering if he “volunteered” his precious time. or did you pay for his sermon?
2) Were the people there generally of the “educated elite class”?
3) Age groups, gender, religion?
4) Where there any republicans? Y’know, like Richard Alley?

Tucci78

I’m told the health/climate breakout session was terrible & am glad I took a pass on it.

Hrm. That’s precisely the session I would’ve taken pains to attend. I suspect the “epidemiology” aspects of AGW catastrophism are – if anything – even more gormlessly projected than are their contentions about atmospheric physics.

Dodgy Geezer

I like the ‘Spode’ video.
But a more subtle literary reference might be G K Chesterton’s ‘The Man who was Thursday’.
You will recall that in that book, dealing with the infiltration of a gang of anarchists by a police spy, the entire gang turns out to be comprised of police spies, with the chief of police as head of the movement….

Were there any questions allowed?

morgo

it is return of the Hitler youth program never thought gov;t would allow it to happen again very sad

Wow! I wonder if they are giving away any of those super cool Al Gore “Blubber Suit’s”?
If so, I am in baby!!! “Al…Al…Al…Al…Al…Al…!!!”

DirkH

Dodgy Geezer says:
August 2, 2013 at 1:00 am
“You will recall that in that book, dealing with the infiltration of a gang of anarchists by a police spy, the entire gang turns out to be comprised of police spies, with the chief of police as head of the movement….”
Sorta happened in reality in Germany in the last 10 years. As usual, the state wanted to abolish a nationalist party, I think the NPD. The procedure failed in court because the party was able to prove that 15% of its members were spooks and that therefore any activities counter to the constitution of Germany might have been implanted by the state’s spooks themselves.

mike fowle

Dodgy geezer – Amazing! That is precisely what I was thinking just before I read your comment. Great minds etc.

Dodgy Geezer

…Sorta happened in reality in Germany in the last 10 years. …
Amazing! That is precisely what I was thinking just before I read your comment. Great minds etc….

GKC is a much underrated author, and completely out of fashion at the moment.
Which is a shame, because he’s one of the best there is….

ironargonaut

Just don’t drink the cool aid while there. Literally.

Brian H

Saw a down-revised attendance figure of 800 somewhere, in a PR-sounding blurb. Sorry, linklost.
“Don’t undertake vast projects with half-vast plans.”
😉

Village Idiot

No need for us to worry about that bunch of amateurs then.
But over our shoulders looming from the ‘weather becomes climate’ dept. there are a few embarrassing heat waves for us to field this year (China, Italy, temp record on Greenland etc.) And what about when that pause stops pausing? (sorry I mean if, of course)

Dodgy Geezer

…And what about when that pause stops pausing?…
To answer that, we need to know what the ‘right’ temperature is for the Earth.
I have seen no one ask any policy makers that question. “What is the right temperature we should keep to, and will you stop taxing us when we achieve it?” would be a good one to start with…

Lewis P Buckingham

Interesting to see Al Gore is open to nuclear.
Last night on the ABC in Australia,7.30 report there was a long ‘expose’ of the new Australian laser enrichment technology for uranium, of which I had never heard.
Apart from the creator of the technology, the rest was a Green explaining how this would lead to more nuclear weapons, more wars and more children would die or be horribly maimed or disfigured.Lots of horrific pictures.
The object lesson and the reason for this ‘morality play’ was the impact of depleted uranium on the lives of children after the Iraq war.
The fact that you need advanced optics and plenty of power to do this enrichment was expressed.Its unlikely the average Jihadist or rogue state could do the enrichment.
The concept that it ‘may save the planet’ from AGW was never uttered.Lots of nuclear power plant cooling towers against the sunset looking evil and polluting.
Perhaps the split in the Greens is greater than imagined, with the ABC greens on one side opposing enrichment and Gore and Lovelock in some other corners,either accepting nuclear or not wanting to degrade energy infrastructure to replace it with windmills.

knr

St Gore may be a failed politician but his still got the ‘taste ‘ for leadership and if that means a cult then that is fine with him .
Which leave us with a problem , should St Gore decide to he ‘needs’ leave his earthly body to return to his godhood , do we morn or laugh ?

Ryan Stephenson

It is interesting that the purpose of this meeting seems to be aimed at creating a kind of cult with Gore as its Messiah and a “them and us” mentality as far as “deniers” are concerned. This is rather different from a political movement where the approach is to try and remain as open as possible to people that might be willing to change their minds.
Does make you wonder where Gore is going with all this. He’s starting to look more and more like a David Icke character in the making.

Txomin

+1 Bernd Felsche
I am curious too. Did any kind of exchange take place or was it just a delivery of instructions?

Larry Kirk

@ Lewis P Buckingham
The share price of the company that has the technology you spoke of, Silex Systems, rose by 20% yesterday and another 6% today. I feel a capital raising may be in the offing. This is Australia, after all..
The Gore cult reminds me of a horrible thing that a girlfriend tried to con me into joining once: The Landmark Forum. Mad people. I shudder to remember it!
Watch the feet; they follow the money, as ever..

David L.

Isn’t all this just a modern version of the hippie movement of the ’60s: get back to nature, change society, live in communes, etc,?

Bruce Cobb

@ David L., hardly. The hippie movement was quite benign, whereas this one is purposely destructive. Indeed, the Greenie movement has many of the same elements as fas*ism, using fear and propaganda as tools. The hippies were anti-establishment, but primarily by dropping out, whereas these folks are part of a giant multi-$billion machine with malevolent intent.

Gary Pearse

This sucker is going for another Nobel Prize. The little shoulder patches and soon young troubadours with balalaikas ….

David L.

@Bruce Cobb August 2, 2013 at 4:18 am
Good point. That raises a question for me: I wonder if this AGW movement is more closely related to Marxism, rather than f@scism (or any of the other varieties of -isms of the era!) With the idea of wealth redistribution (under the guise of saving the planet) I’d propose it’s more in line with Marxism.

Rick K

And that, my dear Watson, was how I solved the Case of the Missing Heat.
Fascinating, Holmes! Wherever did you learn this well-honed tradecraft of yours?
University, my dear Watson! University!
The fine points of clear, unfettered thinking supported only by facts and data is a skill not mastered by many. It requires a trained mind, Watson. Trained by pure logic to see nothing but the facts and the underlying data that supports them. Data and facts are truth, Watson, my good man!
Odd, is it not, that one must use truth to catch a thief, a murderer or a simple liar?
Quite right, Holmes. Quite right. But when did you develop this interest… this passion of yours for…
High School, my dear Watson! High School!
There was this Professor there… a man possessed of brilliant insight and knowledge — or so they said. He challenged us, Watson. He challenged us every day to…
Seek the truth?
No, Watson! He challenged us to believe every bloody thing he uttered from his well-stuffed pie-hole. The man was an absolute buffoon! Born into privilege, he became accustomed to having the weak-minded of every social strata believe his every prognostication as if it were from Moses himself.
Holmes! I remember hearing stories of a Professor Gore who was singularly attracted to himself and was quite enamored with his intellectual acumen.
One and the same, Watson! He was a large man with a small mind who fancied himself intellectually well-endowed. Pity the ladies who could find no evidence to support his claims of intellect. Or endowment, for that matter.
Yes, quite. As I remember the man was shamed…
Shamed by real men and women of quiet dignity who simply wanted the truth, Watson!
Holmes… wasn’t Professor Gore eventually found guilty of fraud of some sort? As I recall, the only level of education he actually succeeded at was…
Elementary, my dear Watson! Elementary!
Holmes. You are brilliant.
Carry on, Watson.

TimO

Hey the religion thing worked for L. Ron Hubbard. He just hasn’t figured out a way to identify himself as Pope Al yet….

[snip – while I disagree with Mr. Gore, that’s over the top – Anthony]

Jason Calley

For those who have commented that Al has not presented a welcoming approach for sceptics who might convert, I doubt that Al wants any former sceptic in his ranks. When you run a scam, having a possible thinker mixed in among the victims is far too dangerous to justify any additional revenue. There is a reason why many cults have some unbelievable gateway doctrine that must be swallowed by new converts; it keeps out the non-gullible.

jeanparisot

It will be interesting to see how far and wide your friendly mole’s personal information is spread to other related political organizations. An update in a few months detailing all the new solicitations for funds would be interesting.
For any future moles, when you sign up for these things include a slight misspelling of your name or address, use a new email address (not Richard Windsor!), etc. That way you can quickly separate out the spawn from your efforts. Do it a few times, its interesting to see who is sharing with who.

You’re a far better man than I am, Temp! I would rather go to a series of Time-Share sales presentations than have to sit through the dreck you exposed yourself to.

more soylent green!

I just don’t think I could do this. I could not keep a straight face or keep my mouth shut long enough to complete the training.
Did you have to do some sort of desensitizing training beforehand? Maybe like they did in “A Clockwork Orange?” When I went to POW training in Air Force Survival School, we had several days of classroom orientation and prep work first.

Resourceguy

Basically, it sounds like a political science junkie event especially for the rising students looking for connections, all under the theme of politician science. Think networking not science.

michael hart

It sounds like an episode from The Twilight Zone. Probably the one with Dennis Hopper in.

John

Two points.
1. The health stuff is an important selling point, wrong as usual. One thing you won’t hear about health is that CO2 allows more food to be grown per acre, AND allows less water to be used per acre, AND allows more northerly areas to be warm enough, long enough to grow crops. Food is your #1 priority in a world with more people. Many enviros really, really don’t want a world with more people. I don’t want much more population growth, either, but starvation isn’t the right policy to achieve it (economic growth and self interest is: when people in the developing world move up the economic ladder, they no longer have 5 to 9 kids, they tend to have a number they can take nurture and care of, as in the developed world).
2. ORNL nukes: they are small and modular, meaning they can be built at a factory with a standard design. No more custom building at the site with lots of high priced labor and the opportunity for something to go a bit wrong in construction. They should be safer and cheaper per amount of electricity produced, and if you don’t need as much electricity as the standard huge nuke that requires economies of scale to even begin to be economic, you can order a modular nuke that produces 1/10 the power at (hopefully) something like 1/15th the cost.

DCA

“Actually, from what I’ve read, Al Gore tightly controls those slides, and will take legal action against any of the followers that release them into the public domain.”
So they’re on releasing the data…..How Mannian of them…Go figure.

James Evans

Dodgy Geezer,
“But a more subtle literary reference might be G K Chesterton’s ‘The Man who was Thursday’.
You will recall that in that book, dealing with the infiltration of a gang of anarchists by a police spy, the entire gang turns out to be comprised of police spies, with the chief of police as head of the movement….”
I read that years ago. Loved it. But I could never remember what the book was called, or who it was by. So thanks for that.
I seem to remember that when the IRA disbanded, it turned out that at least one IRA cell was composed entirely of informants.

Ox AO

David L:
Fascism was born out of Marxist theory. The only difference is under Fascism the state controls property rather then owning it.
The documentary “the Soviet Story” elaborates on this some.

What did anonymous Gore-botter expect at a training camp for crusaders? It was evangelical: “Spread the Word”. It is written:
>>The science is settled. Our planet is heating up, and carbon pollution from Dirty Energy is to blame. Gore.
Francis Bacon took a couple of decades to insert causation in physical sciences. He created Modern Science by inserting scientific deduction into Aristotle’s scientific method. That was 1620. Between 1934 and 1963, Karl Popper managed to remove scientific deduction from MS to create Post Modern Science, free from Cause & Effect (causation) and from the principle of causality (the cause must precede its effects). Thus where the effect (temperature) can precede its cause (CO2), the subject is a matter of faith. It is PMS.
Where a model’s predictions fail, i.e., AGW, that model is PMS. Take two Tylenol and call me in the morning.
Is this one more case where criticizing one man’s faith makes another feel big?

Pamela Gray

The shoulder patches are just too close for comfort. The man has no concept of history.

Ox AO

Mongo said, “it is return of the Hitler youth program”
Socialists have always been big on cults. Jim Jones following from San Fransisco and this older one:

Pittzer

These people work this information into anything they can. I once attended a sales training that was given to my employees by one of the “initiated”. This guy was pretty smooth and worked the material into his sales training program. Of course, afterward I asked him, innocently, if he really thought that was true. I was treated to a ton of slides that were at the ready: Polar bears on ice in the middle of the ocean, sat photos of ice free NW Passage, Hockey Stick, etc.
It’s just so underhanded and dishonest it makes me ill.