According to Al Gore's website, "millions" tuned in to watch the 24-hour global warming filibuster that concluded Thursday. Few were moved to anything but laughter.
Mr. Gore's publicity stunt was intended to explore the "reality of global climate change" with a webcast from 24 separate time zones across the planet. What handfuls of viewers actually saw was the same hectoring Powerpoint lecture repeated through the course of an entire day. The message drummed in over and over was that mankind's collective exhalations have been causing cataclysms. "This slide show, which in varying forms - the variations being representative of the varying regions that have hosted presentations over the past 23 hours - is designed to present that reality," said Mr. Gore during his final sermon Thursday. Riveting.
Images of flooding in Australia, China, Colombia, India, Pakistan, South Korea were used to illustrate the perils awaiting the planet, as if such natural disasters had never happened before the invention of the internal combustion engine. History says otherwise. Down in Henrico County, Va., the National Park Service now maintains a sign that marks the extent of flooding during "the calamitous year, 1771, when all the great Rivers of this country were swept by inundations never before experienced which changed the face of Nature and left traces of their violence which will last for Ages." Terrible weather events were part of life long before carbon dioxide emissions were declared an existential threat.
As time passes, the absurdity of Mr. Gore's claims becomes more and more clear to an increasingly skeptical public. Americans grow bored at Mr. Gore's dire predictions, which have fail to materialize. The reality that they do see is their hard-earned dollars being transferred to "green" companies like Solyndra, which only exist to make a buck off of Mr. Gore's dull, science-fiction tale with federal funds. The more Mr. Gore speaks, the more the public realizes the only thing warming up is the hot air surrounding the climate change issue.
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