Anyone who has closely followed the climate debate going on in scientific and political circles for the last forty years knows that those who truly believe that man is responsible for the impending death of the world are prone to some fairly ridiculous statements. From University of California Professor Kenneth Watt’s 1970 statement that the world will be “11 degrees colder by the year 2000” to Climate Research Unit scientist David Viner’s statement (in the year 2000) that snowfall would become “a very rare and exciting event” within just a few years, the history of this misbegotten movement has been written in failed predictions and overwrought, doomsday language.
Even in this minefield of absurdity, however, Al Gore can manage to chart new ground. Perhaps desperate to get some attention for his forthcoming Inconvenient Truth sequel, Gore made the tasteless and outrageous claim last week that the battle for the Earth’s climate could easily be compared to some of the classic struggles for human rights.
“The abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and women’s rights, the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa; the movement to stop the toxic phase of nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement.” All of these, Gore said, preceded the climate change movement, putting his crusade firmly “in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history.”
Ah, whatever lets you forget about your failed White House bid, dude.
Can you even imagine the uproar there would be if anyone on the conservative side of the spectrum compared ANY issue to the civil rights movement? Well, you don’t have to imagine. You can just remember it for yourself. When Ben Carson compared Obamacare to slavery, it was all over the news for days. But we’re sure that Gore will get a pass, not least because most in the mainstream media think he’s absolutely right. They are certain that they are on a moral crusade to SAVE THE WORLD from evil Republican interests like BIG COAL and BIG OIL and BIG TRUMP. And they are quite willing to destroy everything great about Western civilization if it means getting back in the good graces of Mother Gaia.
The direction of the free market has already dictated that we will gradually move away from fossil fuels over the coming decades; the so-called green movement has outlived its usefulness by any standard. Its only purpose now is to be a disguised argument for socialism and the global redistribution of wealth, two of the major goals of the Paris Agreement that Trump wisely yanked us out of. Perhaps the history books will give Gore and his climate-hoaxing movement more credit than they deserve, but hopefully the record will reflect that much of what they did was unnecessary, counterproductive, and blatantly foolish.