Global warming still a political issue with many Republicans calling it a hoax

EUGENE, Ore. -- Recent Earth and Arbor Day events here in “green” Eugene featured lots of tree planting and screenings of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that asserts “global warming” is real, and a clear and present danger.

Many Americans still think global warming is more of a political issue that former Vice President Al Gore argued in his 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” For instance, journalist Guy P. Harrison’s new book “50 Popular Beliefs that People Think Are True,” states on page 162 that a recent survey found “73 percent of Democrats believe greenhouse gas emissions cause global warming, but only 28 percent of Republicans believe it.” Harrison also said Republicans don’t “buy the global warming argument,” in part, because “Gore as the point man for global warming crippled the issue from the start due to his prominent status in American politics.” In turn, Harrison – who asserts on page 163 in his new book how global warming is much more than just a political issue – thinks “people should reply on science when assessing the validity of scientific issues, not politics.” Also, The New York Times reported how a new poll released April 25 “shows that a large majority of Americans believe that this year’s unusually warm winter, last year’s blistering summer and some other weather disasters were probably made worse by global warming. And by a 2-to-1 margin, the public says the weather has been getting worse, rather than better, in recent years.”

Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” claims

Al Gore’s Academy Award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” ends with the former vice president arguing that if appropriate actions are not taken soon, the effects of global warming will increase due to the releasing of more CO2.

"Each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each one of us can make choices to change that with the things we buy, the electricity we use, the cars we drive; we can make choices to bring our individual carbon emissions to zero,” explained Gore at the end of the film. “The solutions are in our hands, we just have to have the determination to make it happen. We have everything that we need to reduce carbon emissions, everything but political will. But in America, the will to act is a renewable resource."

In turn, Gore’s updated DVD for “An Inconvenient Truth” – that’s become a popular Earth Day and Arbor Day teaching tool in many of America’s elementary, high school and college classrooms – notes how the former vice president became interested in global warming when he took a course at Harvard University with Professor Roger Revelle, one of the first scientists to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Later, when Gore was in Congress, he initiated the first congressional hearing on the subject nearly 30 years ago in 1981.

GOP likes to shoot the global warming messenger: Al Gore

As vice president during the Clinton Administration, Gore pushed for the implementation of a “carbon tax” to encourage energy efficiency and diversify the choices of fuel better reflecting, he said, “the true environmental costs of energy use.”

Also, Gore supported funding of the ill-fated satellite called “Triana,” which would have provided an image of the Earth 24 hours a day via the Internet, and the satellite would have acted as a barometer measuring the process of global warming.”

In turn, Harrison writes on page 163 of his new book how “truth, reality and science would never be allowed to overshadow the view that Gore was a Democrat and therefore any agenda he pushed was seen by millions as Democratic and not Republican.”

Thus, Harrison notes: “Of course, the global and borderless challenge of global warming immediately morphed into a partisan shouting match based on political allegiance rather than science. It’s probably not fair to fault Gore for this. It’s unlikely that he could have foreseen his negative impact on this issue.

Earth is getting warmer: just go outside

Because Al Gore is such as turnoff for many Republicans, any talk of “our planet is getting warmer,” is now viewed as Gore’s pie in the sky. However, there’s a growing trend, now six years after Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” that a “warmer Earth” threatens the well-being of a large portion of the world’s population.

For instance, it was back in 1956, a New York Times headline read: “Warmer Climate on Earth May Be Due to More Carbon Dioxide in the Air.” Now, some 55 years later, a recent New York Times report states how nearly every scientist in the world subscribes to the view that the Earth’s climate is changing at an “accelerated rate.”

At the same time, The New York Times recent report about a detailed survey about today’s “weather extremes,” suggests that “direct experience of erratic weather may be convincing some people that the problem is no longer just a vague and distant threat.”

“Most people in the country are looking at everything that’s happened; it just seems to be one disaster after another after another. People are starting to connect the dots,” explained Anthony A. Leiserowitz of Yale University, one of the researchers who commissioned the new global warming poll as reported in the Times; while adding how the poll “opens a new window on public opinion about climate change.”

Earth’s climate is “shifting”

In turn, the Times reported noted how “a large majority of climate scientists say the climate is shifting in ways that could cause serious impacts, and they cite the human release of greenhouse gases as a principal cause. But a tiny, vocal minority of researchers’ contests that view, and has seemed in the last few years to be winning the battle of public opinion despite slim scientific evidence for their position.”

Also, the poll “suggests that a solid majority of the public feels that global warming is real, a result consistent with other polls that have asked the question in various ways. When invited to agree or disagree with the statement, global warming is affecting the weather in the United States, 69 percent of respondents in the new poll said they agreed, while 30 percent disagreed.”

For instance, when people were asked whether they attributed specific events to global warming, The New York Times report stated how “recent heat waves drew the largest majorities. Scientists say their statistical evidence for an increase of weather extremes is indeed strongest when it comes to heat waves.”

Asked whether they agreed or disagreed that global warming had contributed to the unusually warm winter just past, the Times poll reported pointed to “25 percent of the respondents said they strongly agreed that it had, and 47 percent said they somewhat agreed; while only 17 percent somewhat disagreed, and 11 percent strongly disagreed.”

United Nations worried about global warming

While recent Earth Day and Arbor Day events in Eugene and across the country highlighted the need for all Americans to “go green,” and do good things, such as recycling, composting and planting trees, one alarming “green” handout at a recent Earth Day event at the University of Oregon highlighted a United Nations concern about real horror happening to the Earth based on a “scientific consensus” about global warming dangers.

Also, famed Eugene environmental activist Blake said "the Occupy Movement will be including more global warming messages in forthcoming nationwide protests because it's that important." Also, Blake told Huliq during a recent interview that "the fat cats on Wall Street don't want you to worry about global warming so they can make more millions off the environment they're destroying."

According to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change for 2012, more than half of global warming is “directly attributable to human behavior.”

As former Vice President Al Gore pointed out in his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” the U.N. panel on climate change stated how the result right now in 2012 – due to worldwide global warming – is “Polar bears are drowning, malaria is spreading, more heat waves and droughts are occurring and hurricanes, tornados and Tsunami’s are more violent.”

Image source of a 2006 promotional poster for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that’s now become a nationwide education staple during Earth Day and Arbor Day education and awareness events. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth

Comments

Submitted by Bradfregger (not verified) on
I was surprised to see such an ignorant article in a site that has IQ in its name. The number of ignorant statements is too great to mention them all, but here's a sampling. 1) "Just go outside." The current weather has no relationship to climate change. This is obvious to AGW fanatics when it gets unseasonably cold; but conveniently forgotten when it gets hot. 2) "The climate is shifting." DUH ... Climate change is a fact of life and has been since long before man walked on this planet, to act like it's a new phenomena, kindergarten stuff. 3) Using Al Gore and the U.N. as experts. I'm wondering if the author believes in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, too? Except for Kool-Aid addicts, neither has any credibility left, in regard to AGW. Additionally, and please listen carefully, science does NOT operate on consensus. To paraphrase Einstein, "I don't care about consensus, it only takes one person to prove me wrong." I won't go into the obvious recent facts that the author has ignored (complete failure of climate models to predict anything; a mass of NASA scientists and engineers stating that the case for AGW is far from settled; etc. etc.) others will probably do that, if not the information is out there for any curious person to find.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You paraphrase Einstein like somehow that validates your remarks. "a mass of NASA scientists and engineers stating that the case for AGW is far from settled; etc." Name them. We'll wait. You are a person who believes what you want to believe and then claims everyone who has a different opinon must be wrong because they don't validate you. ironically, that would appear to be the thing you are most perterbed by in others. Climate change scientists will agree that the science of the day gets lost in the war of semantics and idological purity. Science doesn't set out to prove something; the data leads to the formulation of the theory, experimentation of the theory leads to whether or not the theory is validated. Gravity is a "law" only here on Earth, because the theory is all we can state with certainty everywhere else. The certainty of gravity being referred to as a "law" on planet earth only means that under these rigid condtions, we can be confident of our predictions about the affect gravity has on the behavior of objects under it's influence. But long after Newton, the relativistic effects of gravity had their inexorable influence on things and that was outside our scope of knowledge - and arguably outside our need to bother with it because nobody on Earth travelled at the speed of light, anywhere close to it, or did they ever experience a gravity field outside Earth - therefore the "law" as we understood it suited our purposes. You who mock AGW so derisively as if any who believe in it are fools, you crack me up. Your political party is aligned with religion, specifically the Christian religion, which ironically tells the story of Moses being ignored and mocked while he built an ark. Am I saying Al Gore is Moses? I most certainly did not. But I am saying that a lot of people who aren't just ignorant - but willfully misinformed because they refuse to hear what they don't want to hear - can be gullible and led by people willing to take advantage of their blind loyalty. You're just as easily led astray by your ideological biases as you claim anyone who believes in AGW is; your bias leads you to filter out anything that muddles your argument, so if there is evidence out there, you're trained to ignore it. "far from settled" - If that's your basis for ignoring something, you had better march back to the Republicans you so shamelessly lean towards and remind them that "the Laffer curve" that says tax revenue goes up when tax rates go down is a mis-quoted bastardization of a theory - a theory that the guy who it's named after says openly that he never expected woudl be come so blindly adopted - that is in practice having proved itself untrue for thirty years. But there stand the republicans, all still insisting that because they haven't been able to reduce tax rates to almost zero is the reason revenue hasn't gone up. I know I'll never persuade you, I'm here to provoke you. I'm just honest about it. You didn't come here to make this comment because you think that the effort to address AGW will actually harm the world because you can't be distracted from making Al Gore the bogey, along with the UN and the priceless irony of "science does not work on consensus" Republicans are funny beasts - they all say that Democracy is King, the Consensus Must Rule, for that is the purest essence of a "free society". And yet the moment they find themselves in the minority, they scream about how the majority cannot be allowed to run roughshod over opposing voices, as "freedom" allows all to be heard. You know that your indicator points to whatever direction makes YOU happy, not which one points to truth. Read the first two chapters of any high school Chemistry or Physics book. Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Mass are two of the most fundamental principles that exist in science, there is no dispute on either of them. We sit on a planet that had no internal combustion engines on it less than 200 years ago. Now we have almost three billion vehicles, then add all the coal fired and oil fired power plants. Humans love to brag about how we have the ingenuity and the technology to solve any problem we find (think about agriculture) and we're so busy assuring ourselves of our own inability to fail that our failure is nearly guaranteed by our arrogance. How can we be cutting down trees to make more money for humans, at the same time building more machines that perform the exact opposite task as those trees - the exchange of CO2 for O2 - and think that we haven't changed anything. Fifty years from now, if there is a functioning society that far out, people like you will be derided and spit on from the grave as those who were so convinced that the "flat earth" model was the only truth they could be sure of in their day. You're not just a troglodyte - but you're a brainwashed one, all the while you think the worst thing happening around you is that everybody else must be brainwashed so you don't wind up being revealed that you are yourself. I'm not so vain or so bold to think that my comment will provoke anything from you but more contempt. You've made your stand; anyone who believes what you don't want to is a fool or a liar. "the information is out there for any curious person to find" I'd go start with those chemistry and physics books, and if you can get past chapter two, you'll be eating your words faster than you can type "Al Gore is a liar". You don't care about consensus - that's rich. As he brags to the world that America is the greatest Democracy that ever was or ever wll be. * sigh * You know Einstein did say something else you probably won't be interested in: "Only two things are universal: Hydrogen and stupidity" Guys like you make me worry that the hydrogen might someday get crowded out.

Submitted by Bradfregger (not verified) on
You attack me for sharing the truth, yet don't have the courage to tell me who you are.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If you think it's a matter of courage, I'm not going to bite. Say what you want to say so people can read it; you don't need a home address and a drivers license number to prove your point. A conversation can exist without proper ID. And incidentally, I've had my last Republican threaten to physically harm me, call me a traitor, a blind and gullible communist - this list goes on. Regardless of whatever intellectual malfeasance is alleged by the Right to exist within the scientific and political communities, the Republicans right now have got a long way to go to demonstrate any intellectual integrity with regard to owning the death threats and pure hypberbolic nonsense of calling people "traitors" while the most they'll do is blog about it. We shoot traitors; it's time to put money and muscle where mouth is and get on with the serious allegations. As it is, I see a bunch of hyperbolic loudmouths who love the ratings boost by screaming "socialism", who dont' have the "courage" to fire their guns. So let's not pretend like you've got some angle on courage. Truth?: Show me what rock you think has the "truth" carved into it and if the "truth" is that easy to find, we - humanity - has got far bigger problems than climate change that we're willing to treat each other the way we do over disputing such "truth" . I sort of laugh thinking you believe you have "truth" - but we're not going to settle that one. I"m interested how your grades were on those first two chapters of physics and chemistry. But hey, it's all about "courage"

Submitted by Bradfregger (not verified) on
My aren't you the pot calling the kettle black. In other words, you attribute to others your own bad behavior. I'm sure your subconscious mind is embarrassed by your hyperbole and that is why it won't allow you to identify yourself. You don't even recognize the difference between speaking the truth and spotting philosophical nonsense. You state, "You believe you have truth," as if I had stated some outrageous claim, like, "You will spend eternity in Hell if you don't accept Jesus as your savior." It is obvious that you've never been taught critical and only know how to spout liberal talking points and progressive idiocy. There is a such thing as "truth." For example, it is true that that you are either a man or a women or something in between. It is true that 2+2=4. It is true that the Earth revolves around the Sun. And, it is true that 49 NASA scientists and engineers have questioned the "truth" of AGW: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/04/11/nasa-global-warming-letter-astronauts_n_1418017.html I made no false statements but you were unable to see beyond you personal beliefs and, in fact, your subconscious mind invented statements and then attributed them to me to protect your fragile ego. Please do me and the nation a favor and don't vote in the next election. Your inability to know the difference between fact and fiction is a dangerous thing in the voting booth.

Submitted by Bradfregger (not verified) on
My aren't you the pot calling the kettle black. In other words, you attribute to others your own bad behavior. I'm sure your subconscious mind is embarrassed by your hyperbole and that is why it won't allow you to identify yourself. You don't even recognize the difference between speaking the truth and spotting philosophical nonsense. You state, "You believe you have truth," as if I had stated some outrageous claim, like, "You will spend eternity in Hell if you don't accept Jesus as your savior." It is obvious that you've never been taught critical and only know how to spout liberal talking points and progressive idiocy. There is a such thing as "truth." For example, it is true that that you are either a man or a women or something in between. It is true that 2+2=4. It is true that the Earth revolves around the Sun. And, it is true that 49 NASA scientists and engineers have questioned the "truth" of AGW: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/04/11/nasa-global-warming-letter-astronauts_n_1418017.html I made no false statements but you were unable to see beyond you personal beliefs and, in fact, your subconscious mind invented statements and then attributed them to me to protect your fragile ego. Please do me and the nation a favor and don't vote in the next election. Your inability to know the difference between fact and fiction is a dangerous thing in the voting booth.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
doesn't make it so. All your energy is aimed at ME. The guy who you say is such a loser. make all the hay all you want about it I won't change your mind, you're as ideologically blind as you insist I am. 49 scientists? Flat Earth here you come. now get off your cross and you can take your request to "not vote in the next election" and just go play in traffic. You're no better than I am because you say you are. If it were that easy, you'd be able to prove the science instead of thinking that 49 scientists paid by the American Enterprise Institute means something other than 40 guys can't get their work published in real journals, but they they aren't above selling their souls and their reputation to say the Earth is Flat. Knock yourself out. I mean, really, knock yourself out. You'd be far less embarassing if you just shut up.

Submitted by BigGryph (not verified) on
Honestly I got bored half way through Inconvenient truth but am convinced the humans are play a significant and ongoing role in the current acceleration of GW.climate change. An inconvenient truth contained a number of mistakes, but it woke millions of people to the idea of global warming and a need to protect our environment for generations to come. 95% of all climatologists believe humans to be responsible for the current global warming and most of the world's climate organizations are in agreement. You can deny global warming or disbelieve it or simply be skeptical of it. This doesn't change the fact that it is real and we are already seeing it impact nations around the world. Ask the leaders in Bangladesh if they are believers, They are a lot of articles and sites related to this on the web.