Al Gore: "At some point, reality has its day."
He's referring, of course, to his beliefe that global warming is inevitable, bad, and gonna kill us all.
Let's approach this topic scientifically. As a trained physicist, I believe I have some insight into the scientific process.
- What proof is there that the globe as a whole is warming? To what degree is it warming? (Hint: The best answers I could find is, (a) temperatures are rising steadily, and (b) maybe a couple of degrees Fahrenheit over a hundred years.)
- What is the cause of global warming? Is it something man is doing or is it some natural phenomena? (Hint: There is this big ball of burning, fiery gas not too far from our planet. It seems to have a lot more affect on the surface temperature than anything else. Proof: When the sun is out, it is warm. When it is not, it is cold.)
- Is global warming bad or good? (Hint: The last time we had higher global temperatures, there was a population boom, and some of the great civilizations were first formed. The last mini-ice age we've had led to mass starvation in Northern Europe.)
- If global warming is bad (that is, a rise of a few degree Fahrenheit over the next 100 years will cause all sorts of death and destruction), and if global warming is caused by human action (that is, the sun and the earth and the animals and plants are not causing it, but us humans), then what can be done to reverse or minimize the damages of global warming?
- Finally, what is the cost of implementing those changes, and which of them is cheapest? And is the cheapest solution less costly than global warming itself?
If you really look at the global warming, you see a whole lot of politicking and not a lot of science. I've read too many papers by experts in the field that were little more than an editorial comment, not based on solid research, or "forgot" basic things like error bars and precise descriptions of the recorded measurements and the manner they were collected.
The politics behind global warming is the same politics behind class warfare. They are the socialists. They want to, in a nutshell, destroy America because America is, by definition, evil. (That is, if America does it, it is bad. But if Russia, Iran, or China does it, it's perfectly OK.) Their solutions to global warming are basically (1) America, stop being so productive, and (2) while you're at it, pay for all the work to clean up the mess China and Russia have made of the world.
I personally can't tell whether the earth is getting warmer or colder or staying the same. To be perfectly honest, I don't care. Why? Because if it gets colder, we'll just move south to the warmer area, or adapt by eating foods that grow in cooler climes, or wear more clothing in the summer. If it gets warmer, we'll wear less clothes, move north, and grow food that is adapted to warmer climes. Humans are remarkably adaptable. Even evolutionists admit that! As long as the American people are free, free to adapt, free to solve real problems, free to choose how to dedicate their resources to solve which problems, then we will be okay.
The problems with the solutions proposed by environmentalists is that they aren't efficient. If we really wanted to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, we could do it (a) by making emitting CO2 a crime, fine those who do it, and take their assets, or (b) provide some incentive for either emitting less CO2 or consuming CO2 in the atmosphere, or (c) allow the people to figure out a way on their own to limit CO2 emissions and/or consume excess CO2. Government, unfortunately, always seems to make the wrong decision when it comes to these things. And the envrionmentalists are demanding that we make the wrong decision, even though the better decision (doing nothing, letting the people decide what to do) is far cheaper and far more efficient.
My big concern is the hyperbole that Al Gore and others are displaying. The public believes that unless President Bush shuts down all commercial activity in the US, the US will either find itself buried by a glacier that advances faster than the speed of sound or in a desert, buried everywhere except for the Appalachians and Rockies underwater. Neither of these scenarios are even close to what scientists are suggesting, and yet Al Gore and others continue to assert they are going to happen, sooner rather than later.
At some point, reality has its day. Al Gore and the others will have to face reality. No honest scientist can say what they are saying. The solutions proposed are far more costly than the effects of global warming would ever be. The American people, like it or not, are actually far smarter than the environmentalists, and can see through the propaganda they are throwing at us. It's time Al Gore just gave up and went home.
Prediction: Al Gore's movie bombs, big time, the media firestorm about global warming surrounding the movie backfires, and by election time, Republicans win big, provided they stay off the global warming bandwagon.