Al Gore Is Mad as Hell, and He’s Not Going to Take It Anymore
Al Gore lost his cool over planetary overheating.
Al Gore spoke in Aspen, Colorado, on Thursday and fired back at climate deniers with an uninhibited ferocity that escaped the former vice president during his political career.
Expressing his frustration at how the cultural dialogue has been manipulated by corporate payrolls and special interest groups, Gore said, “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.’ Bullshit! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!”
Insisting that many of the people responsible for crafting climate skepticism are the same individuals who lobbied for the cigarette industry decades ago, Gore continued his uncharacteristic fervor: “They have polluted the shit. 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! It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word climate.”
Gore’s indignation comes as he gets ready to unveil a second act in his climate awareness career, the Climate Reality Project, which kicks off with a major event called 24 Hours of Reality next month.
But Gore’s frustration will likely go unmitigated: everyone knows that when financial markets go haywire, everything else takes second priority. It’s hard to get people to pay attention to climate change when times are normal and climate deniers are deployed by big oil. In times of financial chaos, it’s damn near impossible.
Moreover Gore’s new project is predicated on the notion of “reality,” which, as he referenced in his Aspen speech, is malleable—a target that moves with whims of the hive mind. Gore’s mission depends on his ability to convince the majority, once and for all, that it is in serious danger. Doing this requires getting them to accept a vision of reality that is bleak and depressing. Another tough sell.
This is probably the reason Gore recently told Kieth Olbermann on “Countdown” that America needs an “American Spring” similar to the non-violent “Arab Spring” that swept through the Middle East earlier this year.
In calling for an “American Tahrir Square,” Gore calls for a mass awakening to a new reality that rejects the entrenched mores of the establishment that is leading them down a wrong road.
As many have asked repeatedly since “An Inconvenient Truth” premiered, where was this Gore in 2000? Who knows? But as President Obama has shown, even the greatest of candidates are easily neutered by the political system. Al Gore may be much more effective in his role as climate vigilante than he ever could have been in office.
Below, check out Gore calling “bullshit” on climate deniers, calling for an “American Spring,” and check out the Climate Reality Project for more information on 24 Hours of Reality on Sept 14.