The Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore And The Climate ‘Experts’

Former Vice President Al Gore stars in his second documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

“Sooner or later,” Gore tweeted, “climate deniers in the GOP will have to confront their willful blindness to the climate crisis.” But skeptics of climate alarmism have their eyes wide open and don’t like what they see.

Donald Trump won the popular vote among people 45 years and older. Many in these ranks have followed grass roots environmentalism since it began, following publication of Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring,” in 1962.

Over time they’ve learned that celebrated environmental experts make false and wildly exaggerated predictions. A prime example is Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, a longtime environmental icon and author of the 1968 book “The Population Bomb.”

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Ehrlich confidently predicted in a 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next 10 years.”

He assured readers of The Progressive in 1970 that between 1980 and 1989, 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.” In a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe!” Ehrlich said “most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born.”

Undeterred, the celebrity doomsayer and his cohorts now offer a new theory, claiming in a July 2017 issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” that human civilization stands in peril from an ongoing mass extinction on Earth: “Dwindling population sizes and range shrinkages (of vertebrates) amount to a massive anthropogenic erosion of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services essential to civilization. This ‘biological annihilation’ underlines the seriousness for humanity of Earth’s ongoing sixth mass extinction event.” And so on.

Ehrlich has cried “The sky is falling!” so many times that anyone with common sense and a memory rightfully dismisses his apocalyptic rhetoric.

If the environmental movement’s so-called experts had been correct, nearly all animal species would be extinct today, as S. Dillon Ripley, longtime head of the Smithsonian Institution, predicted. As Nigel Calder and Kenneth Watt had it, the Earth would likely be in another ice age today. According to geochemist Harrison Brown, copper, lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would now be gone. Likewise, Watt and U.S. government analysts predicted that U.S. oil and natural gas reserves would be depleted by now. Instead, we’re drowning in the stuff.

Hearing these spectacularly wrong predictions for decades, a large segment of the population has lost confidence in environmental research, regardless of its potential merits. Climate and natural resource scientists have only themselves to blame.

The failure to enforce rigorous scientific standards and publicly denounce alarmists and charlatans has left many Americans feeling hoodwinked, disregarding all environmental research, which is a shame.

But truth and accuracy don’t seem to matter to many environmentalists.

The late Stanford University climatologist Stephen Schneider told Discover magazine in 1989, “we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. … Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”

Rather than pursuing scientific truth, the goal is to win political battles. In 1988,then-Sen. Timothy Wirth, D-Colo., said, “We’ve got to … try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong … we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” And ride the issue they have.

Environmental “grievance hustlers” have used deception, lies, hype, and hysteria, often covered with the gauze of taxpayer-funded research, to score political victories that expand Big Government.

Here’s the real inconvenient truth. If Al Gore wants the people he denounces as “climate deniers” to take him seriously, his next documentary should target the intellectual dishonesty of many of his pals in the environmental movement. Don’t hold your breath.


McQuillan is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute, Oakland, Calif.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Al Bore has developed quite a chip on his shoulder over this Global Warming?Climate Change Malarkey the big block of wood on top of his neck he is just as rediculous as Hollyweed wacko Leonardo DiCaprio

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    Terri Jackson

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    The real climate deniers are Gore and his pals who deny the overwhelming scientific evidence that it is the changing sun that is the driver of climate change. There is CO2(not a pollutant but an essential gas for survival) in the atmosphere. (95% of it is coming from natural temperature induced and moisture induced releases mostly from middle equatorial areas. (Backed by satellite evidence, Professor Richard Lindzen(MIT) an d thousands of other scientists)

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    Sonnyhill

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    Albert Gore cannot possibly believe his own sermons. Armageddon is always tomorrow. His unfulfilled promises to his gullible followers are taking a toll. He’s a cynical has-been politico who won’t leave the stage.

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    Amber

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    Sooner or later Al Gore will be seen for the complete BS ‘er he is . Give him credit he is good at it but the failed predictions , gross exaggeration and now name calling branding have caught up to him . No qualifications at all to represent science and a self dealing business interest are not helping .
    Climate changes , it’s currently in a nice warming trend and humans
    are not in a position to play with the earth’s temperature to some arbitrary target . How did the earth has fever massive deception ever even get lift off ?
    Mr. Trump is absolutely correct in his assessment and Gore is pumping hot air into a old disintegrated tire . Let’s hope it keeps warming because everyone knows climate changes just like politics .

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    Spurwing Plover

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    According to Leonardo DiCaprio Global Warming deniers are dening the facts Since when were the facts important to a liberal Hollywood hasbin living in the land of smoke and mirrors where a bunch over over paid spoiled little brats play at being someone their not

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    G

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    Even the left can see that Al’s jig is up. The trouble is that they have EVERYTHING wagered with him. Now the goal is merely to keep the Ponzi pyramid going forward as long as possible. Al makes Bernie Madoff’s schemes look like the work of a two bit wanna be.

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