There’s this fella who visits here sometimes who, every time he visits, constantly tries to provoke me with his ‘insightful’ and ‘intellectual’ comments about the intelligentsia of this world. One day he threw up something to the effect of, “So, all those Nobel Prize winning scientists are wrong about evolution?” I responded, in a very carefully thought out sentence, “Yes.”
Well, now we have Al Gore to include in that mix of ‘scientific elite’ whose Nobel Prizes are their validation and authority. Yes, this is the same Al Gore who lost his only presidential bid. Strangely enough, this newest Nobel Prize winner won his award on the back of lies:
- The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The Government’s expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
- The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
- The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government’s expert had to accept that it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.
- The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government’s expert had to accept that this was not the case.
- The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
- The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant’s evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
- The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
- The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
- The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.
You can also read here for more, and here, and here, and here, and here (at this last link, there are links to several other resources you can access). So, simply put, what we are learning is that when we lie we should be rewarded! Said Al Gore, loser of his only presidential bid:
“We face a true planetary emergency,” Gore said. “The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”
Global Warming has to be a moral issue and a spiritual challenge, mustn’t it, because it certainly isn’t a ‘scientific’ issue! Isn’t this the only way to really prick our consciences and make us ‘do the right thing’? (Except among atheists who have no ‘spirituality’ to speak of.) Al Gore is truly a man among men after winning both an Oscar and a Nobel–but losing the presidency. If this isn’t a moral issue or a spiritual challenge, aren’t we all doomed? I think we will be (doomed that is) because there are very few people who take Al Gore’s ‘science’ as anything meaningful or authoritative or even ‘scientific’. His ‘science’ is a film that first won an Oscar which means that it was first entertainment. Does anyone take his ‘science’ seriously?
I work part time at one of our local schools. Recently, one of the other teacher aids caught a student smoking on school property. The student, however, received no detention, no suspension, no visit from the local PD. Ironically, this past week, she was named ‘student of the week.’
So here’s what we can learn from these two stories. First, you can make a film full of political propaganda that people across the board, from a variety of disciplines, recognize as hype and, not to put too fine a point on it, lies, and you can win a Nobel Prize (and an Oscar to boot!) Then, because you have won a Nobel Prize people will go around touting that ‘win’ as something significant, and the person who ‘won’ as someone we should listen to. Also, you can be caught breaking not just a school rule but a state law which bans smoking practically every where on the planet, and be honored as ‘student of the week’.
It’s no wonder Al Gore ‘won’ (bought?) this prize. This sort of thinking has been ingrained in people’s heads from day one: Break the law, win an award; lie, win a prize; cheat, win an Olympic race; murder, be excused. When are people going to stop rewarding others for doing the wrong thing? People expect to be rewarded for doing the wrong thing. And now, many people expect that since Al Gore has ‘won’ a Nobel Prize that he should be ushered into the White House in 2008. His Nobel gives him the sort of credibility he could never have after being associated with Clinton for eight years. Now, Al Gore is worthy of the White House! He is the creme-de-la-creme of the ‘scientifice elite’ in this world! Thankfully, humble Al has so far rejected all overtures for a White House bid. But the truth is, perhaps inconveniently, Gore needed to reinvent himself after his disastrous eight years with Clinton and his first failed presidential bid.
I wish things had been different when I was growing up in the United States. When, as a boy, I lied, my mom would pepper my tongue or soap my mouth. Now when people lie they are awarded Nobel Prizes. I got gypped!