Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday abruptly canceled a Dec. 16 personal appearance that was to be staged during the United Nations' Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which begins next week.
As described in The Washington Times' Inside the Beltway column Tuesday, the multimedia public event to promote Mr. Gore's new book, "Our Choice," included $1,209 VIP tickets that granted the holder a photo opportunity with Mr. Gore and a "light snack."
Berlingkse Media, a Danish group coordinating ticket sales and publicity for the event, said that "great annoyance" was a factor in the cancellation, along with unforeseen changes in Mr. Gore's program for the climate summit. The decision affected 3,000 ticket holders.
"We have had a clear-cut agreement, and it is unusual with great disappointment that we have to announce that Al Gore cancels. We had a huge expectation for the event. . . . We do not yet know the detailed reasons for the cancellation," said Lisbeth Knudsen, CEO of Berlingske Media, in a statement posted by the company
First, isn't anyone else offended that this guy is charging $1200 a head just to be in his magnificent presence? "Have a light snack with The Climate Prophet himself, for only the cost of a real nice LCD TV." And Sarah Palin gets grief for actually taking a few plane flights in the course of her bus tour for Going Rogue.
Second, just like the CRU team at East Anglia, Mr. Gore has never been one willing to actually debate knowledgeable critics. The CRU team poisoned the peer-review process, refused FOIA requests from non-believers, and at a minimum discussed deleting information and communications. He avoided a debate with Lord Christopher Monckton like the plague last spring, with protective Democrats vetoing Lord Monckton's appearance before Congress while his plane was en route.
Finally, I don't think Mr. Gore will be alone in "modifying" his Copenhagen schedule. There will be a boatload of "schedule changes" by those unwilling to answer some serious questions about data, methods, and the honesty of the researchers primarily responsible for scaring as much of the planet as they can.