Following in John Kerry’s footsteps, former Vice President Al Gore was in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday basically blaming the world’s problems on the country that made him a very wealthy man.
As reported by the Associated Press (h/t Drudge, emphasis mine throughout): “Emerging economies such as China are justified in holding back on fighting greenhouse gas emissions until richer polluters like the United States do more to solve the problem, former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday.”
Of course, Gore didn’t mention that one of the fastest growing economies in the world is China’s, or that it is believed that nation has been buying twice its actual need for oil in the past five years to stockpile it for the future. Such facts are unimportant when you’re trying to sell junk science.
Getting back to the recent announcement by China blaming America for global warming:
"They're right in saying that. But we have to act quickly," said Gore, who was nominated last week for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in drawing attention to global warming.
"China's reaction to the scientific report last week was disappointing, but it was instructive," Gore said.
Never mind that any cuts in emissions by America will easily be matched by increases from China in the coming years, and that this will give that nation an even greater economic advantage thereby increasing the trade imbalance that people on the left like Gore claim is going to lead to a devaluation in the dollar and our own financial ruin. That, too, is unimportant when you’ve got snake oil to sell to an interested crowd.
But maybe the following, in the middle of a war on terror, and just decades after two world wars and one cold one, best represents the real absurdity in this whole discussion. Better remove fluids, sharp objects, and combustibles from your work area:
“Never before has all of civilization been threatened," Gore said. "We have everything we need to save it, with the possible exception of political will. But political will is a renewable resource."
Would somebody show me to the nearest water closet.