Former Vice President Al Gore had quite a year. He produced an Oscar-winning film warning of the coming global warming Armageddon. The film and his activism led to a Nobel Prize. Flush from those victories, Gore "took the Hill," as he testified before a hushed hearing room in his old Senate haunt, predicting more dire consequences if global warming isn't stopped. All of that was followed by mass rallies across the nation, with energized college students; editorials and magazine covers, and even legislation in Congress to curtail the use of carbon fuels. Gore concluded his triumphant moment in the spotlight with a major address in Washington on July 17, 2008, in which he boldly laid out his plan for a "wrenching transformation" of society he deemed necessary for man to survive.
That was the highlight of his life and probably his last hurrah, because ever since, an inconvenient truth found in science is showing (as I've reported over and over on these pages) that global warming is not man-made. In addition, scientists are finding more global cooling than heating - and that too is not man-made. To add insult to injury for poor Al, the legislation in Congress was defeated with the help of 30% of Democrats. Now scientists around the world have begun to speak out against Gore's zealotry. In short, Al has no scientific consensus.
In his dramatic road show, Gore warns, "The leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes on our global warming pollution lest we lose our ability to ever recover from this environmental crisis." Of course, Gore has been warning of a "10 year tipping point" for several years.
In fact, the UN started to warn of a 10-year countdown in 1989. That's when the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) warned that entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend was not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of "eco-refugees," threatening political chaos.
Twenty years later - and as Al continues to issue the same tired warning, there has been no chaos, no flooding and no eco-refugees. However, what has occurred is an outpouring of dissent against the theory of human caused global warming fears.
Here is just a sample of the headlines in the global warming story in 2008:
RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS CHALLENGE CLIMATE CHANGE CONSENSUS - Russian scientists 'reject the very idea that carbon dioxide may be responsible for global warming' - The Hindu - India's National Newspaper: July 10, 2008:
'Considerable presence' of global warming skeptics exist, science group admits - July 16, 2008 - Australian Herald
India Issues Report Challenging Global Warming Fears - July 9, 2008
Australian scientist reverses view on man-made warming! Now says 'new evidence has seriously weakened' the case - (By Mathematician, Rocket Scientist & Engineer Dr. David Evans, who did carbon accounting for the Australian Government) - July 18, 2008)
New scientific paper shows CO2's effect on temperature was overstated 500-2000% - Published in Physics and Society journal of the American Physical Society - July 2008)
Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Roy Spencer, formerly of NASA, presented 'smoking gun' analysis showing UN IPCC models â€šsignificantly overstated climate sensitivity to human climate forcings' - June 17, 2008
Arctic ice INCREASES by nearly a half million square miles over this time last year - July 18, 2008
Another scientist Dissents: MIT's Rose: Cooler heads needed in global warming debate (By Robert Rose is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT with approximately 50 years of experience teaching various scientific disciplines at the graduate and undergraduate levels)
Earth's 'Fever' Breaks: Global COOLING Currently Under Way
UK Scientist Calls Man-Made Warming Fears 'Dangerous Nonsense of the Age' - July 17, 2008 - By BiogeographyÂ Professor Philip Stott, emeritus of the University of London
Oceans Cooling! Scientists puzzled by "mystery of global warming's missing heat" - Marc 19, 2008
MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen's March 2008 presentation of data from the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office found the Earth has had "no statistically significant warming since 1995."
Swedish scientists: 'No concrete global warming proof in polar region' - June 21, 2008
Study: 'Absolutely no evidence of warming for all of Antarctica' - July 1, 2008 - Study conducted by Vesa Laine of the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki; the work was funded by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
Cooling Underway: Global Temperature Continues to Drop in May - 'Significantly Colder' - 16-month temperature drop of -0.774Â°C!
Alaska sees 'longest stretch of no-nineties in the Alaska climate record, since 1904' - June 25, 2008 - By Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Peru declares state of emergency due to record-breaking cold spell - 61 children die - June 19, 2008
Meteorologist says Man-Made Global Warming Movement 'Rapidly Running Out of Gas' - In past year (By Meteorologist James Spann) - June 17, 2008
And yet, Al Gore and his legions continue to pass global warming off as the greatest threat ever to man's survival. Not only have they called for "Nuremburg-type trials to silence skeptics - but even for civil disobedience "to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration."
Why does he continue the campaign in light of so much proof to the contrary? Why does new President Barack Obama want to create a cabinet position for a "Climate Czar" even though there is so much proof that man-made global warming is little more than a hoax? Because the issue is not, and never has been about saving the planet. It is about enforcing a new economic "ecologarchy" that seeks to control our every action from the top. We used to call it socialism; now we call it going green.