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Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Convenient Lie: A Brief Glimpse Into Al Gore's Picture Book Of Misanthrope

The hysteria surrounding global warming is gaining popularity by leaps and bounds due to Al Gore's recently published manual for tree-huggers called An Inconvenient Truth. Upon finishing this book, the truth was more than evident: global warming does not exist.

With Gore making such powerful statements like: "The atmosphere is thin enough that we are capable of changing its composition", "Also in 2004, the all-time record for tornadoes in the United States was broken", and "Almost 30% of the CO2 released into the atmosphere each year is a result of the burning of brushland for subsistence agriculture and wood fires used for cooking.", one would think that he would leave some kind of way to validate his ground-breaking claims. Not so: Gore's 325 page book has a grand total of 37 in-text citations. Thomas Sowell's book, Black Rednecks and White Liberals, has exactly 289 in-text citations within the first 63 pages alone; Gore's book has two. If global warming is such an eminent threat to the safety of all mankind and if it is as blatantly destructive as Gore says it is, why can't he - at least - provide a legitimate amount of references?

Beyond the book's weak credibility, An Inconvenient Truth relies heavily on appeals to authority: "What makes this kind of dishonesty intolerable is that there is so much at stake. On June 21, 2004 48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists accused President Bush and his administration of distorting science. By ignoring scientific consensus on critical issues such as global climate change, [President Bush and his administration] are threatening the Earth's future." Out of those 48 scientists' listed none were meteorologists, oceanographers, climatologists, or geologists. In fact; out of the 48 scientists that Gore names, none have any expertise involving the environment! Instead, Gore goes on to name his "authorities" as 12 chemists, 19 physicists, and for some unknown reason, 12 biomedical scientists. The "48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists" may seem like enough credibility; the only problem is that every one of his "authorities" are unqualified to make pronouncements about our atmosphere. Furthermore, 48 scientists (even if they are unqualified) is very small when it stands next to the 15,000 qualified scientists who signed a petition in 1997 against the signing of the Kyoto treaty because "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

The holes in Gore's reasoning do not stop with his appeals to authority; Gore goes on to make absurd appeals to emotion. He accomplishes this by dedicating 12 pages of An Inconvenient Truth to the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The most memorable segment of those 12 pages was a photograph showing a dead child face down in a large puddle. Surely, if human productiveness caused global warming then it must have, in turn, caused the hurricane which resulted in the death of that young adolescent. Gore's use of that picture as a rhetorical tool not only says an infinite amount about his character, but also demonstrates that he cannot prove his case with the only things that matter: facts and evidence. Instead of providing proof, Gore must resort to using heart wrenching photographs in an attempt persuade the public that global warming does exist and does pose an immediate threat. It appears that Gore is willing to do whatever it takes, misleading or not, to push the deceitful agenda of global warming.

Gore is serious enough about global warming to classify the dangers of it next to terrorism: "Is it possible that we should prepare for other serious threats in addition to terrorism? Maybe it's time to focus on other dangers as well." The very act of Al Gore appealing to fear, emotion and authority is rationally invalid and confirms his inability to legitimately make his case for the existence of global warming. What side of the global warming debate you are on is irrelevant; Gore resorts to using rhetorical babble instead of facts to persuade the public of his message.

Considering Gore's poor documentation and his illogical appeals to authority and emotion, one might expect that whatever evidence he provides will be suspect. One would be correct. For one of the examples Gore attempts to "prove" the existence of global warming's impact with a pair of pictures taken of Mt. Kilimanjaro. What Gore points out is how that the level of snow has drastically decreased from the first picture - taken in 1970 - to that of the second picture, taken in 2000. This may seem rationally cohesive to some, but there is one segment of vital information that is missing here - literally - from this picture: the time of the year that each picture was taken. Gore fails to notify the reader of whether the pictures are both taken during the winter or if one is taken in the summer, or for that matter, some other season. If the second picture was taken in any other season besides winter, less snow would have to be expected.

The two independent photographs of Mt. Kilimanjaro are just one of the countless deceptive examples Gore uses throughout his book in an attempt to persuade the reader that "The climate crisis is indeed, extremely dangerous. In fact is it a true planetary emergency."

After hundreds of years of driving ourselves out of a primitive, muddy, dirt-filled existence, Gore wants to push us - face first - back into it. After endless generations of senselessly praying for rain, Gore wants to force us to get back onto our knees. After years of successful production and human progress, Gore wants us to trade in our mansions and skyscrapers for cob huts and tree forts. An Inconvenient Truth is an attempt to make man feel guilty for all of his past successes and to strip man of any future accomplishments by advocating legal restrictions on the usage of the environment as a means of production. People everywhere need to know that the truth isn't as inconvenient as Gore would like it to be.

(Thanks: GVH & Victoria)


  • Nice article.

    By Blogger Jason Stotts, at 8:41 PM  

  • Thanks.

    By Blogger Daniel Rigby, at 9:09 PM  

  • Kilimanjaro is 220 mi. from the Equator, and all reputable scientists agree its glaciers have been receding for 100 years as a result of man's actions, although not necessarily global warming. Seasons are irrelevant to photographs at that latitude.

    Al Gore may use too few citations for you. You use none.

    I doubt this comment will stay up long, so out of fear of retaliation from true paranoics, I will post anonymously.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:36 PM  

  • -Mr. Anonymous blames me for not providing citations but on the same hand he hasn't provided any sources for either of his claims, such as: A) "Kilimanjaro is 220 mi. from the Equator, and all reputable scientists agree its glaciers have been receding for 100 years as a result of man's actions..." and B) "Seasons are irrelevant to photographs at that latitude." You're in the same boat as Gore; you make baseless assertions. This is the fundamental difference between Gore, you and I. The difference is that I made deductive statements in logic and proofs about Gore and his book; i.e., I don't need to cite a source to prove that the onus of proof lies with the one who makes the positive statement about reality. If someone makes a claim that something does in fact exist (i.e. global warming), it is their (Al Gore's) obligation to prove that it does, in fact, exist. Gore's entire case is weak and doesn't prove anything, period. How can I begin to attempt to disprove something that has not been proven to exist?

    "Al Gore may use too few citations for you. You use none."

    -I'm not trying to prove the existence of global warming with science and facts; he is.

    By Blogger Daniel Rigby, at 7:18 PM  

  • Your writing is both mesmerizing and controversial, for many have already excepted Gore's lectures on Global Warming as fact. This is indeed a mistake ,and I am proud to say that you are not another fool that believes everything the media says.

    ( Are you studying Journalism by any chance?}

    By Blogger Inquisitive onlooker, at 5:02 PM  

  • "'Al Gore may use too few citations for you. You use none."

    -I'm not trying to prove the existence of global warming with science and facts; he is.
    By Daniel Rigby, at 7:18 PM"

    Good points all around.

    By Blogger StephenMartin, at 10:22 PM  

  • On the other hand, you have to give Al Gore some credit. When he first could not get elected to be President, he was a horrible university instructor. He has learned how to be a pretty effective public speaker. So he manufactured a cause. Or rather, the cause came to him and he jumped on the bandwageon. His support of Bill Clinton all those years shows that you don't really have to believe what you say to convince yourself you believe it. Just line up the "experts." Not being over the top in brain power yourself helps too, I guess. The people who put together his presentation aids are really top notch though.
    Being a politician, fallacies come naturally to him. You should not really fault him. Whether global warming is true or not, he is probably doing it more harm than good by using alarmist junk science to advocate it, freakonomics professor with multimedia.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 AM  

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