|Al Gore Displaying his Nobel Peace Prize|
“Seven years from now.”
Al Gore spoke these words on 10 December 2007 in his lecture at the Nobel Prize ceremony at Oslo. Going by his theory, the North Pole ought to have been ice-free by 2014.
Apparently Al Gore’s hot air does not have any impact on the North Pole ice. The data from NASA shows that the polar ice began to rebound from 2012, and has now surpassed the average level of ice that has been there since 1979 when the trend of using satellite instruments for measuring ice-caps started.
In his Nobel Lecture, Al Gore goes on to enumerate a long list of cataclysms that he thinks climate change would unleash on mankind. With the aplomb of a doomsday prophet, he rants about a world that is spinning out of kilter:
“Major cities in North and South America, Asia and Australia are nearly out of water due to massive droughts and melting glaciers. Desperate farmers are losing their livelihoods. Peoples in the frozen Arctic and on low-lying Pacific islands are planning evacuations of places they have long called home. Unprecedented wildfires have forced a half million people from their homes in one country and caused a national emergency that almost brought down the government in another. Climate refugees have migrated into areas already inhabited by people with different cultures, religions, and traditions, increasing the potential for conflict. Stronger storms in the Pacific and Atlantic have threatened whole cities. Millions have been displaced by massive flooding in South Asia, Mexico, and 18 countries in Africa. As temperature extremes have increased, tens of thousands have lost their lives. We are recklessly burning and clearing our forests and driving more and more species into extinction. The very web of life on which we depend is being ripped and frayed.”
But all these catastrophes are a figment of Al Gore’s imagination. The earth is not facing a biblical cocktail of hurricanes, floods, famines, wars—there is no large-scale migration of people happening due to climate related reasons.
He seems to be exhibiting megalomania when he says:
“We must quickly mobilize our civilization with the urgency and resolve that has previously been seen only when nations mobilized for war. These prior struggles for survival were won when leaders found words at the 11th hour that released a mighty surge of courage, hope and readiness to sacrifice for a protracted and mortal challenge…. When we unite for a moral purpose that is manifestly good and true, the spiritual energy unleashed can transform us.”
What is manifestly good and true about sacrificing development in the name of a problem that doesn't exist! What does Al Gore mean by spiritual energy? He sounds ridiculous and confused when he talks about a moral purpose unleashing spiritual energy that would transform him and his ilk.
In the name of a solution to the mythical global warming problem, Al Gore proposes several statist ideas such as curbs on generation of electricity through coal and higher taxes to tackle what he sees as the climate crisis:
“We also need a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store carbon dioxide.”
“And most important of all, we need to put a price on carbon – with a CO2 tax that is then rebated back to the people, progressively, according to the laws of each nation, in ways that shift the burden of taxation from employment to pollution. This is by far the most effective and simplest way to accelerate solutions to this crisis.”
A vast majority of people in the poor and developing countries live without electricity and yet Al Gore proudly calls for a moratorium on coal based electricity generation! Also, how will higher taxes help in stopping climate change?
In 2007, when Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize, climate change was a hot topic—it had frightened many intellectuals, journalists and politicians who tend to have apathetic notions about data and evidence. Since then lot more evidence has emerged to show that the idea that mankind is causing climate change is based on false theories and flawed models.
Climate alarmism has nothing to do with scientific evidence; it is all about promoting an anti-development leftist political agenda.
As none of the climate related catastrophes that Al Gore had predicted in his Nobel Lecture have come to pass, he should, for decency sake, accept that his theory of climate change is a drivel of the worst kind, and he should return his Nobel Peace Prize.