First up (and I don't have a snippet of video or a transcript but it was on in the surgeon's lounge) James Carville with Wolf Blitzer in CNN's Situation Room this afternoon, discussing former VP Al Gore's call for carbon-free energy and Mr. Carville's call for Barack Obama to make him second banana again, said the following (as accurately as I can recall).
"Al Gore has been right about more things than anyone I've known in Washington."
Take a minute to digest that. (And if I misquoted, let me know what the actual wording was.)
Second, the Al Gore story itself. Chicken Little speaks:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States should be making all of its electricity with renewable and carbon-free energy in 10 years, former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday.
"The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk," Gore said.
In a speech at Washington's Constitution Hall, Gore touched on an array of the nation's current woes, saying the economic, environmental and national security crises are all related...
In the movie, Gore explains how the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have grown exponentially in the last few decades and how that has led to changes in the Earth's climate, such as shrinking polar ice caps and an increase in the number of hurricanes and other violent storms.
To counteract the effects of global warming, Gore has pushed for polices that would reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, such as greater energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources like wind and solar energy. Gore has also advocated for governments to tax the emission of carbon dioxide.
When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty good: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the old ice core data, no other suspects.
The evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we were certain when it appeared we needed to act quickly?... It was great. We were working to save the planet.
But since 1999 new evidence has seriously weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause of global warming, and by 2007 the evidence was pretty conclusive that carbon played only a minor role and was not the main cause of the recent global warming. As Lord Keynes famously said, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"...
1. The greenhouse signature is missing. We have been looking and measuring for years, and cannot find it...
2. There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None. There is plenty of evidence that global warming has occurred, and theory suggests that carbon emissions should raise temperatures (though by how much is hotly disputed) but there are no observations by anyone that implicate carbon emissions as a significant cause of the recent global warming...
3. The satellites that measure the world's temperature all say that the warming trend ended in 2001, and that the temperature has dropped about 0.6C in the past year (to the temperature of 1980)...
4. The new ice cores show that in the past six global warmings over the past half a million years, the temperature rises occurred on average 800 years before the accompanying rise in atmospheric carbon. Which says something important about which was cause and which was effect...
The last point was known and past dispute by 2003, yet Al Gore made his movie in 2005 and presented the ice cores as the sole reason for believing that carbon emissions cause global warming. In any other political context our cynical and experienced press corps would surely have called this dishonest and widely questioned the politician's assertion.
Only if a Republican had done it, Dr. Evans. Only if a Republican had done it.
Read point #2 again. Now read it again. Once more. Once you grasp the concept that correlation does not equal causation you will have to sit down and rethink all that you've heard from alarmists and media over the last 10-15 years.
Back to Mr. Carville and Mr. Gore. The guy I feel bad for is Mr. Carville. Imagine the vast numbers of people who have been telling him falsehoods the last 16 years.