Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 1/29/16
Ten years ago this week, Al Gore was at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his god-awful movie An Inconvenient Truth, upon which Hollywood’s liberal glitterati conferred a perfectly ridiculous Academy Award.
While there he pronounced that unless we took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gasses, the world would reach a “point of no return” in ten short years.
That was January 2006. The clock on that prediction ran out earlier this week yet by some miracle, we’re all still here and all apparently still able to breathe. Once again, the apocalyptic predictions of a committed leftist turn out to be pure bunk.
There are many other examples. Around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, ecologist Kenneth Watt told a Swarthmore College audience that,
“If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
All of this would be laughable if there weren’t such huge economic consequences attached. Laws and regulations costing trillions of dollars have been passed and written on the strength of pronouncements from gasbags like Al Gore.
At this very moment, the American coal industry is reeling from new EPA regulations. Those regulations have affected home heating and cooling bills – costs which disproportionately impact the poor. Meanwhile, Al Gore and the rest of the globe-trotting liberal eco-royalty continue to get themselves around on greenhouse gas-spewing private jets on the way to hang out on someone’s yacht somewhere.
These ideological doomsdayers have been wrong too often and have cost us all too much money. It’s past time to shout them down.
Better, it’s time to laugh them out of the room.