Fossil Fuel Advocate Alex Epstein Challenges Al Gore to $100,000 Debate

goreThis past March, Al Gore proudly stood shoulder to shoulder with more than a dozen state attorneys general to declare war on climate skeptics. Led by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the group (“AG’s United for Clean Power”) vowed to prosecute companies like ExxonMobil that have “misled…the public on the impact of climate change.”

Shortly after the press conference, Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker served a subpoena on the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), demanding a decade’s worth of internal communications on climate policy.

The moves against ExxonMobil and CEI are not a complete surprise, given the increasingly shrill attacks against individuals and organizations that question the validity of man-made global warming.

Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed that the Department of Justice has discussed the possibility of bringing civil actions against climate skeptics.

Tellingly, the witch hunt is now widening. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently demanded that Exxon disclose any and all communications with 12 organizations that advocate for fossil fuels, including the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) led by Alex Epstein, the author of ‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.’

Epstein, who recently made headlines during a testy Senate committee hearing with Barbara Boxer (D-CA), has chosen to fight back in a rather public manner. He’s formally challenging Al Gore to a public debate on energy policy. And since the former vice president currently receives $100,000 per speaking engagement, Epstein has pledged to deliver the full fee—if Gore will accept.

Unfortunately, Gore has steadfastly refused to debate any critics since the 2006 release of ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ But Epstein’s challenge carries real currency. Not only does he represent the fossil fuel viewpoint that Gore abhors but he’s also one of the very figures now being publicly flayed by Gore’s cohorts.

With the Democratic Party platform committee pondering a formal call for prosecution of climate skeptics, the time is right for Epstein to debate Gore. Indeed, if Gore is challenged often enough on the issue, he may be forced to accept—and to justify his assault on the First Amendment rights of climate dissenters.

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    Al Shelton

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    Great idea.
    Gore will probably renege.

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    Amber

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    Gore likes to put a collection of “experts ” out in front to sell his perspective .
    Earlier it was  some quotes from select  scientists (ice free arctic )  and recently Democrat AG’s acting as lobbyist’s pumping the tires of  one industry while simultaneously threatening selective targets in competing industry .      
       Guerrilla eco-ambush is a trade mark  of the times. The media eats up eco- disaster stories and
     the lack of fact checking  is now a given . Perfect for cash staved media trying to flog things while incurring the least cost .
          Al Gore debate ? No chance , no upside,  but the scary global warming mask is no longer fooling or scaring like the good old days .
     The global warming name  rebrand to climate change was when they knew the jig was up . Then failed prophesies of doom were  destroyed by
        that pesky thing  reality .  Climate models grossly overstating warming showed the built in bias of programmers .  
            Climate changes . No one disagrees with that . It has been  warming as we exit the last ice age . Does anyone doubt that ?
                  That is a very good thing but media have trouble with good things so expect more doom and gloom fudge .
      The problem the media have is most of the public is ahead of them on the facts  and that is why papers like the Guardian look like clowns accelerating their failure .  .
                          A debate … why hasn’t it happened well before now ? Apparently a non scientist claims the science is settled but  there never really was
    much debate humans effect the earth and the  earth’s atmosphere just by doing things like  breathing out .   It comes down mainly  to pouring $$trillions into an industry that relies on taxpayer  grants , loan guarantees  and governments even more desperate to find new sources of tax .
       Is there any debate on the motives ?
                             

        

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    JayPee

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    Gore can’t compete with anyone of any intellectuality.
    He’s a straw man for the myth of human induced climate change.
    Every single one of his kind wants to call his opponent in 2000 the stupidest person on the face of the earth.
    Yet he was defeated by him no matter how much the demorat party and msm want to lie about it.
    Al Gore in a face off about the global warming lie,
    It’ll never happen because his advisors know he’ll categorically lose.

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    ScienceABC123

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    It might as well be $100,000,000,000, Al Gore isn’t going to debate anyone, anywhere, at anytime. After all he’s already declare – “The debate is over.”

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    Dan Pangburn

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    In the late Ordovician Period, the planet plunged into and warmed up from the Andean/Saharan ice age, all at about 10 times the current CO2 level. This and the observation that CO2 change follows temperature change rule out atmospheric CO2 as a significant factor in climate change.
     
    Emergent structures analysis http://globalclimatedrivers.blogspot.com demonstrates that climate change since before 1900 can be explained (97% match with measurements) by an approximation of ocean cycles combined with the influence quantified by a proxy which is the time-integral of sunspot number anomalies.

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    Amber

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    Dan While you make a logical good point you may be confusing the issue too much by introducing facts .
    Lobbyist’s can’t handle facts . Anything that deflates fear mongering is Kryptonite
    to ecovangilists and serial promoters of Climate Armageddon .
    What would it take to get some AG’s to use their positions to act as lobbyist’s ?
    What greenie groups and what “clean power businesses donated to AG’s lobbying for “Clean Power ” ? Now they are open to going back this should be readily available . They will be producing that in discovery in any event .

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    dukesilver

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    Never gonna happen. As loud a mouth as AlGore has – he’s not as dumb as Bill Nye who has open mouth/insert foot disease. He knows he’s outmanned and will make some excuse about it being ‘beneath his dignity’ or some such other tripe.

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    Bella Sarah

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    I don’t necessarily agree with Epstein’s beliefs but he makes some good arguments – just finished an AoC podcast with him as a guest, he makes you wonder if you have all the facts in order to take a stand.

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