Two articles have appeared very recently that raise real questions about Ex-Vice President Al Gore's mental state or honesty. It has to be one of the two. Either Gore is kidding himself about global warming (or "climate change", the warmists PR term since the globe may not be warming), or he is lying to promote his business interests. You decide.
The New York Times published an Op-Ed column by Mr. Gore entitled, 'We Canâ€™t Wish Away Climate Change", in which he claims that recent questions about the "scientific data" used to justify claims of global warming are just "mistakes" that do not call into question the accuracy of published reports by the UN and scientists.
Gore says, "It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it. ... I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion. But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere â€” as if it were an open sewer."
But, an article published at the same time by Christopher Booker in the Telegraph, "A perfect storm is brewing for the IPCC", tell us that that there is to be an international investigation into the conduct of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its chairman Dr Rajendra Pachauri. Booker says, "The news from sunny Bali that there is to be an international investigation into the conduct of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its chairman Dr Rajendra Pachauri would have made front-page headlines a few weeks back.
But while Scotland and North America are still swept by blizzards, in their worst winter for decades, there has been something of a lull in the global warming storm â€“ after three months when the IPCC and Dr Pachauri were themselves battered by almost daily blizzards of new scandals and revelations. And one reason for this lull is that the real message of all the scandals has been lost. ... The chief defence offered by the warmists to all those revelations centred on the IPCC's last 2007 report is that they were only a few marginal mistakes scattered through a vast, 3,000-page document. OK, they say, it might have been wrong to predict that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035; that global warming was about to destroy 40 per cent of the Amazon rainforest and cut African crop yields by 50 per cent; that sea levels were rising dangerously; that hurricanes, droughts and other "extreme weather events" were getting worse. These were a handful of isolated errors in a massive report; behind them the mighty edifice of global warming orthodoxy remains unscathed. The "science is settled", the "consensus" is intact.
But this completely misses the point. Put the errors together and it can be seen that one after another they tick off all the central, iconic issues of the entire global warming saga. Apart from those non-vanishing polar bears, no fears of climate change have been played on more insistently than these: the destruction of Himalayan glaciers and Amazonian rainforest; famine in Africa; fast-rising sea levels; the threat of hurricanes, droughts, floods and heatwaves all becoming more frequent. "
So you decide. Is Al Gore dishonest, or is he merely delusional?