Al Gore compares climate skeptics to anti abolitionists, racists, homophobes, and alcoholic families

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Al Gore (Photo credit: lisboncouncil)

UPDATE: I missed this in the interview, since it wasn’t in the publicist release, it would be  a shame not to highlight it.

Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger now. The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6.

People send me stuff. Apparently, WaPo is so proud of this interview, they had their publicist send it out. I don’t think Al realizes that the “raging” he perceives is actually raucous laughter. – Anthony

From The Washington Post publicist:

Washington Post’s Ezra Klein spoke with Al Gore about why he’s so optimistic about stopping global warming. Excerpts are pasted below and the full transcript can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/21/al-gore-explains-why-hes-optimistic-about-stopping-global-warming/

EK: Do the policy failures of the last decade put more pressure on technological advances to be the source of the solution?

AG: No, I seem them as intertwined. To some extent, the failure of policy at Copenhagen and before that in Washington has put more emphasis on the hopeful developments in technology, but as the conversation is won on global warming — and it’s not won yet but it’s very nearly won — the possibilities for policy changes once again open up.

EK: What do you think of the Obama administration’s intentions to push regulatory approaches to limiting carbon emissions?

AG: I’m very encouraged. I thought the president’s speech on climate was terrific and it followed the inspiring comments in his inaugural address and his post-election State of the Union. And remember the impact of policy direction on business calculations is forward-looking. When business begins to understand the direction of policy, they have to start adjusting to where the policy is going. When you look at the EPA process, it’s undeniably clear that there will be a price on carbon one way or the other. Then when you look at the movement in other countries and the states and local measures being enacted, the direction is now quite clear and businesses are making plans to adjust to it.

EK: Give me the optimistic scenario on what happens next. If all goes well, what do the next few years look like on this issue?

AG: Well, I think the most important part of it is winning the conversation. I remember as a boy when the conversation on civil rights was won in the South. I remember a time when one of my friends made a racist joke and another said, hey man, we don’t go for that anymore. The same thing happened on apartheid. The same thing happened on the nuclear arms race with the freeze movement. The same thing happened in an earlier era with abolition. A few months ago, I saw an article about two gay men standing in line for pizza and some homophobe made an ugly comment about them holding hands and everyone else in line told them to shut up. We’re winning that conversation.

The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it’s mentioned. It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace. But the political climate is changing. Something like Chris Hayes’s excellent documentary on climate change wouldn’t have made it on TV a few years ago. And as I said, many Republicans who’re still timid on the issue are now openly embarrassed about the extreme deniers. The deniers are being hit politically. They’re being subjected to ridicule, which stings. The polling is going back up in favor of doing something on this issue. The ability of the raging deniers to stop progress is waning every single day.

When that conversation is won, you’ll see more measures at the local and state level and less resistance to what the EPA is doing. And slowly it will become popular to propose steps that go further and politicians that take the bit in their teeth get rewarded. I remember when the tide turned on smoking in public places. People thought the late Frank Lautenburg was crazy for proposing a ban on smoking in airplanes, but he was rewarded politically and then politicians began falling all over themselves to do the same. That’s the optimistic scenario. And it’s not just a scenario! It’s happening now!

Don’t get me wrong. We’ve got a long way to go. We’re still increasing emissions. But we’re approaching this tipping point. Businesses are driving it. Grass roots are driving it. Policies and changes in law in places like india and China and Mexico and California and Ireland will proliferate and increase, and soon we’ll get to the point where national laws will evolve into global cooperation.

Molly Gannon

Senior Publicist

The Washington Post

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OldWeirdHarold

How many moving parts does his chakra have?

Margaret Hardman

Once again the headline and the story don’t match.
REPLY: once again, your perception and reality don’t match – Anthony

This from a man who made hundreds of millions on the global warming scam, sold his network to oil barons and has an annual “carbon” footprint larger than half the population of Tennessee. In the dictionary, next to the definition of hypocrite, there is a picture of Al Gore.

[algore] compares climate skeptics to anti abolitionists, racists, homophobes, and alcoholic families
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algore’s father voted against the 1964 equal rights amendment.

Dustoff82

How did this vacuous gasbag rise so high in our government? The good news is that virtually every statement he made about the “conversation” was a lie.

Joe Crawford

Can you imagine this yo-yo as President? At least wee were lucky there.

TRM

He is so confident about stopping global warming because IT HAS ALREADY STOPPED. All that is left if for them to put in some bogus tax, declare victory over the climate and collect their ill gotten gains.
Say what you want (and I’ve said plenty negative about him) but stupid he isn’t. He knows it’s a scam.

Rob Crawford

Look up Ezra Klein’s record from Journolist. He’s a thug masquerading as a “journalist”.
That he and Algore fell deeply into mutual admiration is no surprise.
“Once again the headline and the story don’t match.”
Read for comprehension, Margaret. The headline is not a direct quote.

SasjaL

He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, or …?

Go easy on him Margaret. A good man is hard to find (Flannery O’Connor, 1953), I think maybe Inspector ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan too, but I can’t find a citation.

Gary

“A shrinking group of denialists?” Al Gore must be smoking something green. Shrinking? Anthony, are your hits shrinking?

Yo!

I would laugh at Al if he weren’t so butt rich…

intrepid_wanders

EK: What’s your response to people who say those events simply can’t be confidently connected to global warming?
AG: The leading scientists have in the last two years changed the way they discuss that particular connection. It’s true that it used to be common for them to say you can’t blame any single extreme weather event on global warming. What you had to say is the odds have shifted and those events are becoming more common and extreme. They’ve now changed their description of that connection. The temperature has increased globally and there’s now 4 percent more water vapor in the Earth’s atmosphere than 30 years ago. As a result, every extreme weather event now has a component of global warming in it.

And the data says:
http://www.climate4you.com/images/NOAA%20ESRL%20AtmospericRelativeHumidity%20GlobalMonthlyTempSince1948%20With37monthRunningAverage.gif

If you look at superstorm Sandy on October 29th, the ocean water east of New Jersey was nine degrees fahrenheit above average. That’s what put so much more energy into that storm. That’s what put so much more water vapor into that storm. Would there be a storm anyway? Maybe so. Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger now. The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6. The fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over these storms and extreme weather events.

I wonder if he actually believes the nonsense that comes from his pie-hole.

GlynnMhor

“… about why he’s so optimistic about stopping global warming.”
Maybe because the globe stopped warming over a decade ago?
So rejoice all ye sinners! Rejoice all ye saints!
For AGW has been defeated already, and we can stop flagellating ourselves with panic-stricken carbon strangulation policies.

Radical Rodent

I suspect that, with the present pause in warming, with the possibility of it being the precursor to a decline in global temperatures, Al Gore et al may be setting themselves up as the saviours of the world, as they claim that any reduction could not have happened without them.

Sweet Old Bob

..ridicule stings….Big Al must feel like he kicked a hive of Africaniced bees…he deserves all the “stings” he gets!

Joe

Margaret Hardman says:
August 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Once again the headline and the story don’t match.
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They match perfectly, so I guess English isn’t your first language? Welcome, stranger 🙂

DickF

Totally delusional. Year after year, polls consistently show that “climate change” (or whatever they’re calling it today) ranks at the very bottom of lists of issues that concern people.
Cap-and-trade died and Climategate (followed almost immediately by the collapse of Copenhagen) let the air out of the climate balloon almost four years ago. Mr. Obama couldn’t obtain legislative support for his climate proposals even at a time when his party had a majority in both houses of Congress. He’s since been reduced to attempts to impose climate policies by executive order, many of which will probably be blocked by the courts on constitutional grounds (i.e., separation of powers).
All this — and yet Mr. Gore believes that the tide is somehow turning in favor of his views? (And that those of us who are skeptics are similar to “raging alcoholics” anti-abolitionists and Holocaust deniers?)
If there’s anyone with a background in psychiatry reading this, I’d really like to know: Is there medication available these days to help people who have completely lost contact with reality?
To think that Mr. Gore actually came within a few thousand votes of the Oval Office in 2000 is enough to make my blood run cold.

Rud Istvan

One can only paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill’s dictum:
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
He did. There isn’t.

Colin

The Vancouver Sun had an article regarding how sea level rise is going to cost $1 trillion dollars by 2050
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Flooding+rising+seas+could+cost+trillion+2050+with+Vancouver+risk+high+study+says/8811836/story.html
I guess this journalist and the WaPo’s went to the same school of “Journalism”. Then again, the article had the word “could” in it so they “could” always ignore their prediction. Besides how many people will be around to catch the mistake.

Randy

LOL, apparently gore lives in a bubble. Ive followed this debate for more then a decade. (starting out as a firm “believer” btw) The skeptics have never had more footing. The skeptics I know are certainly annoyed so much data is ignored and one sided, but it is those who believe co2 is a major driver who end up in a rage if you even have the nerve to question the “science”. Especially when you use actual data to do so. Ive “debated” this on several forums over the years, and it ALWAYS resorted to me being called names and calls to authority instead of an honest assesment of the data. Might as well try debating religion. What do you expect when this is how the topic is presented? Lots of emotional claims and posturing, with massive holes in the data to back it?
Id hate to be gore in coming years especially if we do get a carbon tax. People like him will not be liked very much. The climate simply isnt doing what the fear mongers claimed on any front. I cant imagine people will be very happy about all the capitol spent thus far and into the future, especially in light of our economic issues globally.
Luckily for him, and those like him most who bought the story only look at one side of the discusision, otherwise it would be clear his claims are propaganda, or perhaps saving face. This buys them time, maybe they can all retire together on an island for their safety while the rest of us figure out what actually drives climate.

What’s the difference between “extreme deniers” and “raging deniers”? If Al Gore had invented USENET, he could talk about “flaming deniers” too.

And how many Americans were responsible for making this idiot Vice President. I thought we had trouble with Blair and Brown. Mind doing you, we did have that fat fool Prescott as Deputy PM. At least Blair has spent his time since leaving office in enriching himself in accordance with the time honoured rules of ex political leaders……

The only thing getting hotter is Al Gores wallet, not the climate.

Hard hitting, penetrating interviews are apparently not Ezra Klein’s thingey

Margaret Hardman

LOL WAW, read what he says. Don’t make it up for yourself. If you can’t get Jim D to help. He has a degree in cant.

Theo Goodwin

Mark and two Cats says:
August 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm
“algore’s father voted against the 1964 equal rights amendment.”
Do you mean the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Yes, Gore’s father voted against it and a little later Al inherited his father’s senate seat.
When you consider what a huge bullet the US dodged when Al did not become president…well, it might incline one to believe in divine providence.

R. Shearer

When done selling cigarettes, Al moved on to more lucrative sales.

Theo Goodwin says:
August 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm
Mark and two Cats says:
August 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm
“algore’s father voted against the 1964 equal rights amendment.”
Do you mean the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
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Sorries – yes that’s what I meant. TY.

“but as the conversation is won on global warming — and it’s not won yet but it’s very nearly won”
I can only imagine how he plays horseshoes.
If he didn’t have Slick Willy’s nad hairs to hold onto, we may never have ever heard of Albert Gore.

Gunga Din

Once again I’m reminded that when I first noticed “Global Warming” being talked about I didn’t pay much attention. But when Al Gore started talking about it, I didn’t become skeptical. I became suspicious.

taxed

The AGW camp should give this guy a one way ticket to the Arctic.
Because it would certainly start to warm up with all the hot air that comes out of this guy.

DirkH

Gary says:
August 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm
“A shrinking group of denialists?” Al Gore must be smoking something green. Shrinking? Anthony, are your hits shrinking?”
Nope.
http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/wattsupwiththat.com
The SKS comedians helped a lot it seems.

DirkH

“and soon we’ll get to the point where national laws will evolve into global cooperation.”
That was the purpose since 1971. But I think he CFR and their goon Gore are in for a surprise.

Scarface

Fact free and no questions.
That is what Al is all about.
Sad to see that this liar still gets away with his treason of mankind.

Gore says “I remember a time when one of my friends made a racist joke and another said, hey man, we don’t go for that anymore. The same thing happened on apartheid.”
Yet like the racists, he pushes the offensive word “denier” as if anyone who has different beliefs is a lower human.

Pablo an ex Pat

I know he has an overblown ego but i take no comfort from the following :
Al Says
“When you look at the EPA process, it’s undeniably clear that there will be a price on carbon one way or the other.”
Per Marc Morano’s heads up a few days back ?
Then he says :
“Then when you look at the movement in other countries and the states and local measures being enacted, the direction is now quite clear and businesses are making plans to adjust to it.”
By not hiring workers and off shoring to places where there is less regulation ?
Only a dufus would think that’s a good thing for the US and Europe.

C.M. Carmichael

The problems with Gore go much deeper than just his greed and hypocrisy, in the long run it will be his green energy and biofuel interests that will result in serious numbers of deaths. Food wars start real wars, and the “Arab Spring” began with protests over escalating food prices. All the mega environmental groups advocate population control and management. With a cooling world and rising food and energy costs, a lot of people may be managed and controlled right out the picture. Future generations may look at Al and his green cronies with the same respect given to Stalin and Mao.

Joe

Margaret Hardman says:
August 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm
LOL WAW, read what he says. Don’t make it up for yourself. If you can’t get Jim D to help. He has a degree in cant.
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Yep, as i thought, definately not a native English speaker. Don’t recognise the grammatical structure in your post but I’m guessing a Google translation from, what, Swahili maybe?

PaulH

In the morning I shall be sober but you, sir, will still be Al Gore.
(Apologies…)

AndyG55

Hey Al, remind me about YOUR carbon footprint…
Hey Al, where are all your investments now…… anything left in ‘renewables’ ?

Peter Miller

Gore’s comments are very sleek. Not surprising as he is talking to an obvious sycophant.
But ‘sleek’ means slimy and ‘slimy’ means both untrustworthy and deceitful, which are the hallmarks of almost every failed leading politician in the world.
There is something very wrong in our world that you can be awarded a Nobel Prize for being a serial advocate of bad science, scary unfounded forecasts and producing films whose amount of factual content would rival one from 1984’s Ministry of Truth.
It is truly amazing how much money failed politicians make.

I like the part where he cites current wildfires….. which have burned 2 million fewer acres than the average of the last 10 years.

ShrNfr

Interestingly, the usual political rot ensues in CA. They have a “carbon credit” market there imploding on all the freebe carbon credits that CA is giving out in response to political pressure. Germany? Yep, I have heard of it. Sorry, but I can’t link this. It is off a professional Bloomberg station.
California ‘Freebies’ Drive Carbon to 2013 Low: Energy Markets
2013-08-21 09:29:53.343 GMT
By Lynn Doan
Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — Carbon prices in California are at
the lowest level this year as the state weighs increasing the
number of free permits offered to polluters in an effort to
kick-start the fledgling market.
Allowances for December delivery, which can be used by
companies from BP Plc to Chevron Corp. to cover emissions as
early as this year, slumped to $13.35 a metric ton on Aug. 19,
the lowest since Dec. 10, according to data compiled by CME
Group Inc. Permits auctioned Aug. 16 were expected to attract
the lowest price since November, according to a Bloomberg New
Energy Finance analysis.
California, the world’s 10th-largest economy, said July 18
that it will consider increasing by one-third the number of free
allowances issued to refiners, metals producers and other
companies facing higher costs and even job losses as they seek
to comply with a program designed to cut emissions 15 percent by
2020. The state Air Resources Board, which began the world’s
second-largest carbon market in 2012, will release results of
last week’s auction today.
“The market viewed the state’s plan as bearish and sold
off,” Lenny Hochschild, head of global carbon trading for
broker Evolution Markets in White Plains, New York, said by
telephone. “Those companies that may receive free allocations
would presumably have less buying to do than they otherwise
would have.”
Higher Prices
The auction, the fourth since California’s program began,
had been expected to attract the highest prices so far because
of increased demand for emissions-intensive power generated by
natural gas after the closing of the state’s largest nuclear
plant. Chevron also increased processing rates at Northern
California’s largest-polluting refinery, and a summer heat wave
was expected to bring more power plants online….
[snipped short. Please use the URL rather than posting the whole article. — mod.]

Arninetyes

The shriller he gets, the less credibility he has. And now that IPCC has pretty much dumped Mann’s hockey stick, Algore is likely to become very shrill indeed.

“We’re winning that conversation.
The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it’s mentioned.”
Another strange case of Projection Dissorder. The fact is that now more than ever, my peers tend to aggree with my scepticism. I feel that I will no longer be ridiculed for my sceptical opinion. I think that Al has it backwards.

Jimbo

Here is Al Gore and his family.
SLAVERY

Ancestry of Al Gore
…….GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS ………22 Jacob Waggoner, b. ca. 1803, living Smith Co., Tenn. 1860 (owning 16 slaves), d. 1893
m. by 24 Sept. 1834………..”
http://www.wargs.com/political/gore.html

TOBACCO

New York Times
“Six years after Vice President Al Gore’s older sister died of lung cancer in 1984, he was still accepting campaign contributions from tobacco interests. Four years after she died, while campaigning for President in North Carolina, he boasted of his experiences in the tobacco fields and curing barns of his native Tennessee….”
“Throughout most of my life, I’ve raised tobacco,”……..”I want you to know that with my own hands, all of my life, I put it in the plant beds and transferred it. I’ve hoed it. I’ve chopped it. I’ve shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn and stripped it and sold it.”

ALCOHOL

New York Times – August 25, 2012
…Albert III, known mostly for youthful indiscretions with alcohol and marijuana, is an executive working on urban renewal. And Sarah, once in medical school, is now an artist and married in California. …

BIG OIL

Time – Sept. 25, 2000
Gore’s Big Oil Connection: An ‘Occident’ of Birth?
…..It’s not exactly the stuff of scandal, Al Gore’s connection to Occidental Petroleum, but it doesn’t do much for his efforts to proclaim himself free of the “oil stain”…..

And so on………………..
Should I say massage, women and groping? Should I say selling your tv station to an oil funded broadcaster early this year? Let’s leave that for another day.
Al Gorzeera is the biggest hypocrite this world has ever known.

u.k.(us)

AG:
“It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace.”
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Maybe, but attempts at suicide really quiet the conversation.
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My god, you are truly a piece of work Al Gore.
Thank goodness for the chads.

SasjaL

Gary on August 21, 2013 at 2.27 pm
In a sense he is correct, as he is a member of the Reality Denial Crew, who becomes fewer in number. He’s devoted to psychological projection and NPD … This guy will go on like an Energizer bunny, as long as no one acts on the legal aspects … Hiding behind a title, while trying to cheat people out of money, is no excuse to avoid prosecution, as I see it … Objections anyone?