Oh, Al Gore.
The previously relatively quiet second in command to Former
Pimp Daddy Commander in Chief Bill Clinton has gone a bit wild since he left office and experienced his own unsuccessful bid for the White House more than ten years ago. He has since split with Tipper, and now spends the majority of his time in the public eye making increasingly dire predictions about the fate of Earth’s residents if we don’t get super-cereal about Climate Change.
Whether you choose to believe it or not, scientific consensus indicates that climate change over the past half a century is likely due to human activities. Folks with a specific financial interest in maintaining the environmental protection status quo have done everything in their power to get you to believe otherwise, often appealing to a dislike or distaste of what they portray as snooty “intellectualism” or elitism among environmentalists- Gore being a prominent target thanks to his propensity for speaking out on the issue.
The former Veep is probably not going to win over many in the uncertain-about-climate-change camp by comparing deniers- who prefer the term “global warming”- to pre-civil rights era racists. During a recent Ustream interview with Alex Bogusky, Gore sniffed:
“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me… My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”
Gore recalled the tipping points in the South when racism shifted from socially acceptable to awkward and unwelcome. He explained:
“There came a time when friends or people you work with or people you were in clubs with — you’re much younger than me so you didn’t have to go through this personally — but there came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, ‘Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don’t go for that so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.’ That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won.”
“This is an organized effort to attack the reputation of the scientific community as a whole, to attack their integrity, and to slander them with the lie that they are making up the science in order to make money.”
Watch a clip of Gore’s commentary below- do you agree that the arguments against the existence of climate change are indefensible?