Al Gore at Rice University: More Climate Alarmism, Political Bias in Houston

By Robert Bradley Jr. — reposted from Master Resource at suggestion of the author

“Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore will speak at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Gore, who is chairman of the Climate Reality Project and a board member of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, will present ‘The Climate Crisis and Extreme Weather.’ The discussion, which will include Gore answering [prescreened] audience questions, is presented by Rice’s Office of the President and the Doerr Institute.”

– Rice University, Former Vice President Al Gore to speak at Rice Oct. 23 , Press Release (October 10, 2017).

The propagandists are hard at work trying to make Houston, Texas, ground zero in the cause of climate alarmism and a carbon tax. The Houston Chronicle, New York-influenced with its ideology, incessantly ran stories of Hurricane Harvey being a man-made anomaly (see my Houston Chronicle: Preaching Climate Alarmism Post Harvey and Charles Battig’s Politicizing Harvey in the Houston Chronicle.)

And in recent weeks, the climate activists, warring against fossil fuels in general, and seeking a carbon tax in particular, are erecting inflammatory billboards in Houston in the wake of Harvey. Reported the Houston Chronicle (October 13) in “Billboard Effort Ask ‘Climate Polluters’ to Help Pay for Harvey;”

Houston billboards, part of a media campaign, are asking energy companies, whose fossil fuel products are blamed for accelerating climate change, to pay their “fair share” for the massive Hurricane Harvey recovery process.

The Center for Climate Integrity and Public Citizen say that man-made climate change is warming ocean waters and strengthening storms like Harvey, helping them to unleash much more rainfall and flooding on communities.

The overwhelming consensus among scientists is that burning coal, petroleum products and natural gas is quickening the pace of global warming by emitting carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

This is just the beginning of a larger national campaign that’s starting in Houston and includes a website, whopaysforharvey.com, said Adrian Shelley, Texas director for Public Citizen.

Rice University Propaganda

The next phase of the Houston climate assault will occur next week at Rice University with Al Gore himself. (The university’s announcement is reproduced at the end of this post.)

As posts at MasterResource have previously detailed [see”Rice’s Baker Institute Climate Embarrassment (Sass’s ad hominem response to Rep. Smith)],” Rice University has blocked climate skepticism and polluted diversity of intellectual thought.

Under gatekeeper Neal Lane, the Baker Institute has refused to allow fair, open debate about natural versus anthropogenic climate forces and has championed sky-is-falling government activism. For example, Lane/Baker:

    1. Killed publication of the proceedings of a fair climate-change conference held in 2000 with, for example, Patrick Michaels and James Hansen participating;

    2. Held a high-priced, widely publicized, assume-alarmist-science conference in 2008, Beyond Science: The Economics and Politics of Responding to Climate Change, featuring John Kerry and John Holdren.

    3. Refused to host a climate forum/debate in 2010 between Gerald North (Texas A&M) and Richard Lindzen (MIT), which ended up being co-sponsored by Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainabilityand the Center for the Study of Environment and Society.

Gore Announcement

The Rice announcement follows:

Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore will speak at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Gore, who is chairman of the Climate Reality Project and a board member of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, will present “The Climate Crisis and Extreme Weather.”

The discussion, which will include Gore answering audience questions, is presented by Rice’s Office of the President and the Doerr Institute.

Tickets for the event are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Security measures will be in effect, so attendees will be required to arrive 45 minutes before the event begins. To reserve tickets, click here.

Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as the chairman of the Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.

He is the author of the best-sellers “Earth in the Balance,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Assault on Reason,” “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” and, most recently, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.”

He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and the recently-released documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Gore is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

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91 thoughts on “Al Gore at Rice University: More Climate Alarmism, Political Bias in Houston

    • Geostorm, as I understand it, is about governments weaponizing the weather after learning to control it. My hope is that this will make people everywhere leary of allowing any government the ability to tinker with the weather or climate.

      • The problem with Geostorm is that it validates the very idea that weather/climate IS in fact controllable. If it is controllable, then there is a control knob of sorts.

      • If there’s a control knob that will shut down the panic-attack approach of alarmists, would someone please show me where to find it?

    • The only fun disaster movie since Dante’s Peak (yeah yeah) was 2012 (yeah yeah yeah). Between them all sucked. Not going to waste time on GeoStorm lol.

  1. Let’s see if any Rice student has the guts to ask a climate science or climate data question that does not fit the advocacy agenda/model. It’s called science process by the way.

    • There was a time when going to Rice meant something. But then that was when we were all freezing in our caves, before the Age of Woke.

    • They won’t get the chance if the questions have been prescreened. Also, most university students have been indoctrinated into the human caused climate change religion since a young age.

      • Mike Maguire

        We were all indoctrinated into something or other when we were young. Probably why so many of us are on WUWT now.

        When the climate doesn’t pitch us into global Armageddon, and the kids now are in their 30’s/40’s, there will be one almighty backlash.

        If we think Brexit and Trump are manifestations of public opinion, just wait, they will be nothing compared to when our kids and grandkids figure out they have been conned en mass.

      • This is a man who aspired to be POTUS and he has to have questions “prescreened”.
        What does that say about his knowledge and competence and ability to think on his feet?

      • there will be no backlash – au contraire
        having learned the irrefutable proof that they are stupid, they will accept it and act upon it.
        being stupid means they have no right to question any authority whatsoever – they will submit to any.
        the existential pain of being stupid can not be cured but it can be temporarily relieved by the simple technique of punking somebody stupider than thou.
        thus, a new generation will be raised with the inviolable conviction that they are stupid.
        and it will be true.

      • HotScot

        The undulating generational societal changes churns on!

        Twenty years of Cultural Marxist style indoctrination birthed the Tea Party, Brexit and Trump.

        But why? I noticed the undulation, in regarda to ‘Murican politics. Two Reagan, 1 aberrant Bush Sr, two Clinton, two GWB, two Obama.

        There’s going to be two Trump’s.

        Kids grow up not wanting to follow their parents. Rejection of the norm.

        I’m one of them.

    • It will never get asked. The questions will be preselected. No doubt misleading soft balls as well.

    • …”The discussion, which will include Gore answering [prescreened] audience questions, is presented by Rice’s Office of the President and the Doerr Institute.”

      I’m thinking not.

      • Should ask all Rice students at the start of the school year if they are willing to turn off the AC to meet Algore’s calls for action… Any August in Houston climate martyrs now?

        Used to be a great place, more selective than the Ivies back then. Not so much since they’ve added the Bush league policy arms like Baker institute and quit sponsoring the extra 100 National Merit Scholars in 600 freshmen back when. William Marsh Rice would probably dynamite the stupid uberLiberal parts – they trashed his will in 1965 anyway.

    • They’ll probably pre-screen the questions but if not Gore will pull his famous “You’re a denier” and have the person removed.

      • LdB
        If you have to pre-screen questions it isn’t science…
        And its not politics either. Would not every contender for office, at every level, just adore that all they had to answer were Pre Screened Questions.
        Farcical and cowardly.

      • Another of the hoodwinked are ya? ALGORE is nothing but pure orchestrated BS and if you cannot see it, you are ‘blinded by pseudoscience’.

  2. I need to check the weather forecasts for cold weather next week, if the Gore effect extends a few hundred miles north and west.

      • Turning indoor heating up would only make a bigger shock when students left the event and went outside into the cold. I will be watching to see whether there is a Gore Effect.

        We think it is just a coincidence and a joke, but I say just possibly Mother Gaia has some kind of subconscious mind and is screaming. The real problem is agricultural pollution (my degrees are in Ag), and Climate Optimum means a warm period. The greatest abundance and variety of Life is with global average temperatures about 5 to 12 degrees Celcius warmer than now.

      • Esther Cook, Lady Life Grows

        My comment was a bad reference to the presentation made to congress when the air conditioning ‘failed’ in the hearing room when the subject matter was global warming.

        In short, I made a joke.

        “The real problem is agricultural pollution (my degrees are in Ag)”

        You have a dog in the fight. don’t. I represent the ignorant masses who don’t have qualifications but would like to know what’s going on. Its the job of scientists to convey that information in a language the layman can understand.

        Unfortunately, scientists are usually so far up their backsides they forget that underlying principle.

  3. Will there be any professional tips on how to cheat on science experiments with post production video editing while Bill Nye narrates?

  4. As once Mr Gore proudly proclaimed “a zebra does not change its spots”, no one should question his credibility on the matters of nature or science however complex they may be.

    [The mods point out that Sir Terry Pratchert of Diskworld fame, more ably quoted that as “The leopard does not change its shorts”, after which he was promptly shorted his change by a greedy street vendor. .mod]

  5. Houston billboards, part of a media campaign, are asking energy companies, whose fossil fuel products are blamed for accelerating climate change, to pay their “fair share” for the massive Hurricane Harvey recovery process.

    The phrase, “That dog won’t hunt,” comes to mind.

    Maybe they weren’t paying attention… But this is Houston… Houston, Texas.

    • They ought to be asking the slipshod developers who built in the flood zones to pay for the damages.

    • Perhaps the fossil fuel companies should mitigate they damage they are purported to have caused by stopping all sales of fossil fuels. The warmistas would feel the loving warmth of the endangered people in about 0.003 of a millisecond, by my calculation.

    • Then they should also be receiving big pay checks from the agricultural world for the many trillions of dollars worth of atmospheric fertilizer that is massively increasing crop yields and world food production.

      The connection with hurricanes is speculative. Photosynthesis and the key role of CO2 is an irrefutable law.

      280 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere was dangerously low. If we went back to that level, there would be widespread world food shortages and prices at record highs-not affordable for much of the worlds poor. One can guess that at least hundreds of millions would starve and over a billion go hungrier.

      Growing corn to make fuel, one of the dumbest ideas in history would never have been possible.

      At 405 ppm, we are still low on atmospheric CO2, even though world crop production is setting records……and cereal stocks……wheat, corn and barley are the highest in history, meaning that production is even out gaining record demand/use. However, no matter how high CO2 and crop production gets, growing corn(the crop that pollutes the most and uses billions of gallons of water) for fuel will always be a dumb idea.

  6. If anyone believes this will be anything other than a sermon from the not-so-reverend Al Gore to his gullible minions you will be sorely disappointed.

    • Never ending wars instead of never-ending climate crisis. That was a helluva selection we had to choose from, though the first part was unknown at the time.

    • I do that every week, darlin’. When I really want a wish granted, I get out the wishing well bowl, pour some tap water into it, toss in some coins, light some candles and demand that Gaia gimme what I want or I’ll sic the Algores of the world on her. it usually works. I also add a few extra coins as thanks for NOT letting Algore be elected Prezzie.

  7. “Houston billboards, part of a media campaign, are asking energy companies, whose fossil fuel products are blamed for accelerating climate change, to pay their “fair share” for the massive Hurricane Harvey recovery process.”

    The “energy companies”, whose refineries were also flooded during Hurricane Harvey, are probably spending millions rebuilding whatever was damaged during the storm and flooding, trying to get the refineries up and running to make up the shortfall in supplies of gasoline, Diesel fuel, and heating oil caused by Hurricane Harvey. Those costs are their “fair share” of the recovery costs from Hurricane Harvey. The “energy companies” are not to blame for Hurricane Harvey, any more than they can take credit for the 11-year lull in hurricanes between 2006 and 2016.

    Houston is not a good place for Gore to be demonizing the fossil fuel industry, which provides the “bread and butter” for the city of Houston. It’s the equivalent of Hillary Clinton telling West Virginians she wants to put the coal miners out of business–how did that work out for her?

    • Hmm. what would happen if all the oil companies moved out of town???

      If I remember correctly a whole lot of people from the “Chocolate City” left for Houston after Katrina and never went back. What low lying city along the Gulf are they going to run to now?

      • My understanding is that the oil industry was in Houston from the early 1900’s, as they could not tolerate New Orleans or Louisiana political corruption, and had the choice of moving out rather than paying up.

      • The Texas oilfields developed before Louisiana’s did, starting with Spindletop in 1901. Spindletop launched the 20th century oil industry.

    • Steve you are very correct. The people of Houston learned long ago that their bread is buttered by the petroleum industry. So goes the petroleum industry so goes Houston’s economy. I knew a lot of folks from Houston who lived through the oil price collapse in the 1980s. They lost everything. None were directly in the business. The Left so hate capitalism, not just fossil fuels, that they just cannot comprehend how business works.

      • Wealthy big cities’ social programs attract parasites, which then destroy the host. Remember, Detroit used to be bigger and richer than Houston.

      • The AFL-CIO and UAW put the auto industry in Detroit right out of business and sent it out of town. They destroyed a thriving city. Now they’re trying to do it to Chicago with the teachers’ union.

  8. This paragraph stands in the middle:

    “The overwhelming consensus among scientists is that burning coal, petroleum products and natural gas is quickening the pace of global warming by emitting carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

    To whom is this attributed? Is this to be included with the other absurd pronouncements from The Center for Climate Integrity and Public Citizen?

  9. Ask him how many bristle cone pine trees it take to make a global policy scam. I’m sure it will be a kind and thoughtful answer.

  10. Prescreened questions. Just goes to show what a coward Gore is and how weak his argument is. If he had a legitimate case to make, he wouldn’t need presreened questions. He doesn’t want his propaganda and lies challenged so he chooses which questions to ask.

    • The New Moon occurs on Thursday, October 19th, 2017, at 3:13 PM EDT. Yes indeed, there was just a partial solar eclipse but it is now over. I should have taken some screen shots of the side bar pic of the sun spotless with a good sized bite out of it as it progressed over the last few hours. I didn’t realize that this pic was updated real time as I just watched this partial eclipse every time I refreshed the WUWT page. Interesting..I am surprised no one else noticed this and can’t find any reference to it with a simple google search.

      • Summary of today’s partial solar eclipse. How cool was that to see it real time on this website over on the sidebar in Sun Images and Data Page!

      • Yes, but there’s a solar eclipse every month. Most of the time, we don’t see it. You are very lucky if you noticed it at all.
        I’m more interested in the lack of sunspots AGAIN. One wimpy little one last week, and now, nothing. Does that have anything to do with the increase in Arctic sea ice now?

  11. About a year before he died, I was able to have John Daly sponsored at Rice for a a global warming round-table. Had dinner with him afterward – was quite an interesting fellow.

  12. “Houston billboards, part of a media campaign, are asking energy companies, whose fossil fuel products are blamed for accelerating climate change, to pay their “fair share” for the massive Hurricane Harvey recovery process.”

    I support this. If the contribution can be quantified, then it is only fair for each contributor to cough up. Once the carbon sources are quantified, in order to keep it fair, China and others like Poland and Russia will find their governments having to pay as they used to own almost everything.

    I doubt there will be anything to worry about. CO2 doesn’t hang around loading ports so they can’t blame individual companies for local damage. It is not like a chemical spill. I wonder if they are as unaware of this as they are unaware of how the climate works.

  13. Has anyone noticed, there seems to be a new alarmism creeping up on us in on the MSM. I wonder whether it has anything to do with the fact that eventually the data is going to put an end to global warming/climate change crisis and the deep state realises this… the new demon is air quality.

    see: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/pollution-air-clean-water-vehicles-diesel-car-tax-lancet-report-deaths-fatal-disease-a8009751.html

    Pollution is killing millions of people a year and the world is reaching ‘crisis point’, experts warn

    • yes, i observed the same; looks like ~20% of the population routinely dies in western countries because of air pollution, so i guess ~200% of the population died from the same cause when it was 10x worst, not so lately in western countries, or right now in Beijing. Beijing must be populated by zombies. The good thing is, those zombies seems to behave quite like the average living human being, so we shouldn’t worry so much about dying, after all

      • Air pollution is pretty bad in China… in the cities. Also lifespan is lower than Europe. Ergo people are dying of poor air quality. Forget about any other causes, like the lack of health care for the poorest, non-existent work place safety, etc.

      • Yeah, but, everybody in Beijing wears a mask when outside in the smoggy air. And part of the “smog” in Beijing is dust blowing in from the Gobi Desert, the edge of which is about 37 miles from the center of Beijing. Dust Bowl, anyone?

    • And who cares that he flew there in his Gulfstream private jet? The pixie dust it uses for fuel doesn’t pollute at all.

  14. The surprise to me is why the people are allowed to be continually lied to by the one sided mass media and the lying fanatics like Gore who uses his past political high profile to make his lies believable to those gullible enough to listen to him, when all the official, publicly available, statistics show that; We have not had a temperature rise for 19 years; We have had no sea rise over the 100 year average; We’ve had the lowest hurricane count in the Atlantic and Pacific for twelve years; The latest Hurricanes were not the most powerful on record; Ice at the Poles is increasing. Polar Bears are on the increase and Gore refuses to answer difficult questions to the lies he broadcasts to the nation, etc etc.

  15. Can someone tell me, as a simple human being, why gore cannot be sued for grossly trying to mislead the populace with false / manipulated information?
    It would be good to see him pay back for all the trouble he has needlessly caused.

    • He probably can. You can sue people for virtually anything, if you can afford a lawyer and find one that will go along with your case. Winning? That’s another story. Notice how the Left owns the courts and they get their way much of the time? You can sue all you want—you just can’t win.

    • Send him here instead….

      The World’s Next Environmental Disaster
      India’s Yamuna River, born in a glacier in the Himalayas, is so defiled by the time it leaves Delhi that it can’t sustain life

      • Well, tell people to stop using it as a commode. They’ve turned it into a sewer. Worse than Flint, Michigan, I’m sure.

  16. Houston billboards, part of a media campaign, are asking energy companies, whose fossil fuel products are blamed for accelerating climate change, to pay their “fair share” for the massive Hurricane Harvey recovery process.

    That sounds fair.
    But first prove that Man’s CO2 emissions, in this case via the use of fossil fuels (including the fossil fuels used to build solar panels, Don Quixote’s windmills, etc.) had anything to do with the effects of Harvey.
    No proof? No case.

    PS Rice dudes and dudetts, remembers Al blamed Katrina of GW Bush.
    Our politics may differ, but don’t belive someone who will claim anything to make a buck.
    (Yes, Al has gone “Green” big time!)

  17. Give it a few more years, boys and girls. The “charm” is wearing thin, the “glamour” that he’s been dragging around is slowly fraying through because he’s put on a few dozen pounds. It won’t be long before old Algore will be a curiosity and a crashing bore.

    • “It won’t be long before” Al Gore turns into a crashing bore is a negative number. He has been a pompous bore since he reached national prominence in 1992.

    • I figure it’s only a matter of time before someone (like me) tells him right to his face ‘Al, you really don’t matter for much any more. Now just go away.’
      Imagine the puzzled look in his beady little eyes….

  18. Maybe attendees can get a free copy of the inconvenient movie that faded so fast . The climate models used to justify the global warming fear industry have been proven to be garbage in garbage out
    but everyone is free to chose their religion of choice . Just don’t expect the rest of us to pay for your beliefs .
    Let’s hope the warming continues because the big scary will be a return to the next cooling cycle .
    How is Al Gore getting to Houston canoe ?

  19. Compare and contrast sentences from two articles in the last few days.

    1) Liberals will tell you that Minnesota is one of the nation’s leaders in “green” energy
    2) Al Gore at Rice University: More Climate Alarmism, Political Bias in Houston

    The words” pots and kettles” spring to mind.

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