Taking the Tip from Tipper: Divorcing AGW

al-gore-bd-suitBy Marc Oestreich

Former Vice President Al Gore spent the last decade as a larger-than-life figure, more of a symbol than a living, breathing human being. Stolen from the pages of a Danielle Steele novel and plopped on stage at the 2000 Democratic Convention, this normally lifeless personality was possessed by the ghost of Madmen’s Jon Hamm and political pop-culture history was made. Al and Tipper’s kiss marked the dawn of Gore’s personal stardom and his pet project: anthropogenic global warming (AGW) alarmism.

Since his mind-numbing PowerPoint presentation An Inconvenient Truth hit theaters, Gore has been married to the AGW cause. And just as Al’s and Tipper’s kiss represented the dawn of the most successful movement in pseudoscience, their divorce aptly marks its end.

A stark trend toward accepting empirical science instead of speculation has caused the ground beneath AGW to cave in quickly. Like the news of the Gore divorce, the scientific evidence hit the public as if from nowhere. But both these cases are results of major, longstanding problems instead of a single cataclysmic event.

For AGW alarmism, what were once dismissed as minor discrepancies are being exposed as major contradictions of the scientific facts.

At first, AGW was a smooth talker. Graphs, models, charts, PowerPoints, and Hollywood movies all worked to persuade. As questions began to arise, however, patronizing and talking down turned small spats into explosive arguments. The Michael Mann “hockey stick” diagram was exposed as being based on a trick that would make any trend look like a spike. Gore’s new mansion was built in an area he had predicted would be underwater in the near future. The Climategate scandal showed us AGW was hiding the facts. Stories weren’t adding up.

Read the rest at Heartland Institute.

  • Hal Groar

    Divorce Al, disown Barry, dismantle the EPA and discover the truth.

  • paul wenum

    Hal, you are Correct. “Truth” is eternal. It never changes. Someday Truth will be known. Sadly not in my lifetime.

  • Rob N. Hood

    “…House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.”

    Do they really get any dumber than this? This is a Republican politician who is supposed to be working for the American people and protecting the business of the people, not boosting the bottom line of corporations. Boner Boehner has got to go!

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    The US Chamber of Commerce? Really now, it should read ‘Just Another Arm of the Repuglican Party.’ “US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue…said he opposes efforts to stick BP, a member of the Chamber, with the bill….We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies….”

    What has happened to responsibility in this country, what happened to culpability, where has accountability and credibility gone? The political party that pretends to represent morals and values, decency and justice has managed to annihilate the tenets that once made America great, through their lies and innuendos, their dirty tricks and nasty ploys, their scandal mongering and their lack of integrity, the Republicans have changed the face of politics and of government. It was not only the “worst President (Bush) and the worst Vice President ever (Cheney), it is now the worst Political Party ever. If you really want to know what’s good for America, get rid of the Republicans, vote them out!

    Who should you vote for? Good question. We need a third party, or even four to choose from.

  • Hal Groar

    Rob I actually agree with you about BP. I have heard there are some damning emails concerning BP’s Deep Horizon well. If that is the case I agree that BP is responsible for the cost. NOT THE TAXPAYER! Accidents happen, but when you were warned numerous times, it is no longer an accident. (Warned by none other then Haliburton!) Obama has far surpassed any other presidential failure, even Carter. (No easy trick) I will not bite on your Bush/Cheney comment because I know you did it to get a rise, not because you actually believe it.

    • Rob N. Hood

      No Hal- I actually beleive that. And if you weren’t blinded by bias you too would have recognized and bceome insanely angry at the illegal and inhumane things Bush/Cheney perpeterated on the USA and the world. We are stillpaying for their criminal behavior and will for some time to come.

    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

      I demand to know who leaked those emails!!!!!!!!!

  • paul wenum

    Hal, he believes what he posts. Don’t you get it? Bush/Cheney caused world war 1, 2, Korean War Vietnam et al! Guys like Rob never change. If you believe him I have some excellent swamp land to sell you in Louisiana. Of course, with the oil issue you may have a problem.

  • Hal Groar

    Is Bush/Cheney responsible for the war of 1812? I had heard they had a hand in it. I am sure Rob will set us straight on whether he meant what he said. hehe!

  • paul wenum

    I’m sure they both did according to Rob and others.. Check the no-brain net. I’m sure it’s posted somewhere.

  • paul wenum

    By the way. BP should pay for all the damages caused. Obama shutting down the Oil rigs for at least (6) months? A major travesty. That’s what happens when you delegate to “Educated idiots,” when you/they cannot fathom what is happening having never been in “the trenches.” A Neophyte with no foresight.

  • Rob N. Hood

    You guys are absurd.

  • Rob N. Hood

    At least Hal has some common sense re: BP’s responsibility, and he’s not being hypocritical about it. Finally- a ray of sunshine in a down-pour of absurdity.

  • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

    You know if this oil was leaking from a destroyed wellhead that was on land, or in shallow water, it would have been sealed within a week of the onset. Why is it that oil companies have to look for oil out in the middle of the ocean at depths that would crush any manned vehicles? Who’s responsibility is this ultimately? I think this disaster was inevadable, and environmentalists were hoping it would happen sooner than later.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Oh, yes, the environmentalists are ecstatic. Wow. You are mentally ill if you actually believe that. They drill off-shore cuz that’s were the oil is. Duh.

    • Hal Groar

      There is alot of oil in Alaska, why wouldn’t they drill there? Oh yea, enviro-nazi’s had it closed to drilling. There is a lot of oil in N. Dakota (I hear it would put Saudi Arabia to shame) why aren’t they drilling there? Oh, that’s because environmentalists didn’t think it was a good idea. Why are they drilling off-shore? That’s the last place they can! DUH!

  • paul wenum

    “Robbie Boy.” Look at his “experts.” “Book learned idiots.” Not one with oil drilling experience. Need to fix a furnace/A/C? Bring in a Professor???? Get real….! I need a HVAC expert!!!! In the gulf we need OIL EXPERTS!!! Not, educated idiots.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Nobody’s against drilling in ND, are you kidding me?? Get real.

    (Maybe some extreme greenies perhaps, but they don’t count because they have NO POWER) So please don’t even bother trying to post something to that effect. That would be ridiculous. Nobody, not even me, take those people seriously.

  • Dan

    It’s true that the safer, easier places to drill for oil are off limits. Like the Columbia explosion, this is another example of a disaster caused (at least in part) by environmental loons.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Vast reserves of ND oil ? You expect anyone to believe that?? There’s nothing there except some really good farmland in the eastern half, the rest is practically wastelands/rangeland. Those already wealthy (some, not all) landowners would LOVE to become rich like oil sheiks, and could do so I’m sure if there was that much oil there. So who’s loony…?!

    On the other hand- there could be an inner-political reason for the USA to save certain oil deposits, for a rainy day so to speak. That wouldn’t be the dumbest thing to do if you think about it. However, if there were “vast oil reserves” in ND those landowners would be screaming for drilling daily. And I just don’t hear it, do you?

    And what are you talking about the “Columbia disaster” and how it, whatever it is, was caused by environmentalists. Do tell… I can’t wait to hear this…

    • Dan McGrath

      The insulating foam that was used on the space shuttle prior to 1997 was deemed to be harmful to the environment (CFCs) by the greenies and they successfully lobbied NASA to use a new “more environmentally friendly” product that failed, broke apart and damaged the heat tiles on Columbia’s final, ill-fated launch. The damaged heat shield led to the destruction of the shuttle and death of it’s crew on reentry.

  • paul wenum

    Finally there is some rational statements made. As to North Dakota? Have friends there. There is a vast reserve of oil, more than we now know, however it costs money to extract. It is not folly, it is fact. By the way, the hunting is excellent in ND! Let’s “Hunt” for more oil!

  • Rob N. Hood

    So why aren’t they drilling for that oil in ND? What are they saving it for? I really want to know. Of course drilling costs money- that’s no answer.

    And Dan, it’s all nice and warm feeling to blame “greenies” for everything bad under the sun. But how about those rocket scientists? If they weren’t 100% sure (or at least 95%) that the new material would hold up, why would they have given the green light? Me thinks there’s plenty of fingers to be pointed around other than the people who emphasize the deadly (yes deadly- skin cancer, etc.) of a diminishing Ozone layer. Not only that, but if NASA wanted an exception/waiver to use ONLY that CFC tile material to be safe, well, gosh and golly I think they could have gotten it, don’t you?

  • paul wenum

    I can now see why you will never go forward. You never take a risk do you? You may go to the mailbox on occasion? Ever taken a challenge with risk? Doubt it. Your a lemming from the DNC never changes.

  • Rob N. Hood

    So you aren’t a fan of logic and reasoning? I just asked some very basic and logical questions and you call me a lemming? I don’t understand that.

  • paul wenum

    Don’t go Alinsky on me, I know better. Get real then there will be real discourse.

  • Rob N. Hood

    No- it’s discourse, of which you refuse to engage. Your option.

  • paul wenum

    Logic and reasoning are the same my friend.

  • Rob N. Hood

    All I do is open the door and you walk thru it every time. Neil and Hal too, but they wised up some time ago. Even Dan fears to tread at times.

    But really- you have nothing to fear. Only the real Kool-Aid drinkers visit this site (besides me of course) and they all agree with all the nonsense it spews. I am going to stop posting here soon and the others will creep back and you all can return to peacefully to your right-wing anti-logic paranoid-land.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Now that Dan is finally “famous” with BFF’s like (gag) Rush and (puke) O’Lielly, he don’t need me any more. Your welcome Dan. Remember us little people when you’re all huge and stuff. Please mention me when you’re on TV and maybe then John Stewart will recognize my genius and make me famous too.

  • paul wenum

    Dan and his staff have done an excellent job and possibly thousands of hours finding loopholes in our election system and you chastise him? Now I see why you are called a “troll.” It’s dedicated people like Dan and his staff that “inspects,” not “expects” how the outcome not in just one election, but all going forward should be handled. Kudo’s that Dan and his fine staff!!!

  • Rob N. Hood

    OMG, LOL.

  • paul wenum

    Have an “Excellent Adventure.”

  • Rob N. Hood

    ROFL

  • paul wenum

    Whatever your acronym means, I have no idea. Speak English, Spanish, french, whatever just say what you wish to say. This bores me.

  • Rob N. Hood

    LMAO

  • paul wenum

    Never delve in childish behavior.

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