Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Al Gore Calls ‘BS’ On ‘Crap’ Peddled By Climate Denial Machine

In a speech last week, Vice President Al Gore passionately excoriated climate skeptic propaganda of the conservative messaging machine, which is willingly forwarded by the American main stream media as, "bull shit!"

A study published in Nature [and ScienceDaily] says a gradual increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) over the last half-century has accelerated the release of methane and nitrous oxide in the soil. These gases are respectively 25 and 300 times more effective at trapping radiation than CO2, the principal greenhouse gas by volume.

"This feedback to our changing atmosphere means that nature is not as efficient in slowing global warming as we previously thought," said Kees Jan van Groenigen, a professor at Trinity College Dublin and the paper's lead author.
The soil and the ocean are being weakened as buffers against global warming, in a vicious circle with long-term implications for the climate system, say two new investigations.

In Aspen, Gore calls "BS" on climate skeptics. Former Vice President Al Gore attended a forum on world poverty at the Aspen Institute this week. On Thursday, he dropped by a communications and media seminar, expressing outrage at how the issue of climate change has been manipulated. KDNK's Brent Gardner-Smith reports. Warning: audio contains explicit language.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore plans to hit the climate crisis hard with a day of organized global action on Sept. 14. Gore announced his Climate Reality Project in this video. The day
of action aims to use 24 speakers to broadcast 24 straight hours of climate activism, encouraging others to get up and undertake climate mitigation efforts as well.

But a few professional climate skeptics affiliated with conservative think tanks, partially to largely funded by fossil energy corporation executives such as Charles and David Koch, publish pseudo-science articles and papers refuting the work of the many thousands of worldwide climate scientists like Kees Jan van Groenigen.

Even though those professional climate skeptics are lawyers, political strategists, or people from professional disciplines unrelated to climate science, the mainstream media reports on their pseudo-science articles and papers as legitimate science.

This reporting of junk science has caused Americans to doubt the research findings of legitimate climate scientists. (see Conservative Think Tank Trys Climate Skeptic Damage Control)

Appearing at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communications and Society, Gore described the story told in Merchants of Doubt, how corporate interests have manipulated scientific institutions and the news media to defend everything from cigarettes and acid rain to global warming pollution.

Big Tobacco “succeeded in delaying the implementation of the surgeon general’s report for 40 years – 40 years!” he said. “In every one of those 40 years the average number of Americans killed by cigarettes each year exceeded the total number of Americans killed in all of World War II: 450,000 per year. My sister was one of them. … It was evil, evil, evil.”

Gore then angrily denounced the decades-long effort by top carbon polluters, with the support of scientists-for-hire like S. Fred Singer, to pollute the public’s knowledge of the existential threat of climate change:

The model they’re using in that effort was transported whole cloth into the climate debate. And some of the exact same people — I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: “This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.” BS! “It may be sun spots.” BS! “It’s not getting warmer.” BS!

There are about ten other memes out there. When you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you the same crap over and over and over again. They have polluted this — There’s no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened. People have no idea! And yet our ability to actually come to a shared reality that emphasizes that this matters — It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the word “climate.” They have polluted it to the point where we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it.

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