More Globaloney — Al Gore Skips Agreed to Newspaper Interview With Danish Skeptic

-By Warner Todd Huston

Proving that Al Gore isn’t interested in any dispassionate investigation or debate about global Warming, Gore perpetrated a last minute disappearing act and skipped an interview with the biggest Danish paper, Jyllands-Posten, that was set up months in advance.

Flemming Rose, the Jyllands-Posten culture editor, penned an interesting expose of Gore’s ducking out on the Wall Street journal’s Opinion Journal site today taking the former VP to task. How many other papers do you think will mention Gore’s cowardice?

Bet, few… if not no… others do.

Al Gore is traveling around the world telling us how we must fundamentally change our civilization due to the threat of global warming. Last week he was in Denmark to disseminate this message. But if we are to embark on the costliest political project ever, maybe we should make sure it rests on solid ground. It should be based on the best facts, not just the convenient ones. This was the background for the biggest Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to set up an investigative interview with Mr. Gore. And for this, the paper thought it would be obvious to team up with Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” who has provided one of the clearest counterpoints to Mr. Gore’s tune.

Gee, Al. If you are so sure of your “facts” what is so outrageous with a little adult debate in front of a newspaper editor? It isn’t like you were invited onto the Jerry Springer show or some other lowgrade venue, after all.

But, wait… NOW I can see why Gore didn’t want to act like a man sure of himself. It’s because he would have faced some hard questions about his ideas.

However, the U.N. Climate Panel suggests that if we follow Al Gore’s path down toward an environmentally obsessed society, it will have big consequences for the world, not least its poor. In the year 2100, Mr. Gore will have left the average person 30% poorer, and thus less able to handle many of the problems we will face, climate change or no climate change.

In response, all Gore has is zealotry and wild-eyed alarmism, so he has nothing logical or well thought out with which to respond to such a question.

Mr Rose has a just a few examples of Gore’s misrepresentations and lies in the Wall Street journal piece:

  • Gore says global warming has increased malaria in Nairobi, but the World Health Organization says the country is considered malaria free, unlike in the 1920’s and 30’s when it had epidemics regularly.
  • Gore says that Antarctica is melting and presents picture to “prove” it, but those pictures are from only 2 percent of Antarctica whereas 98 percent of the continent has actually COOLED over the last 35 years.
  • Gore says seas will rise 20 feet, but the U.N. climate panel only thinks it will be 1 foot. Also seas rose only 1 foot over the last 150 years already with little real trouble world wide.
  • Gore says the heat of global warming will kill “2,000” people in the U.K., but freezing temperatures will kill 20,000 more without such “warming”. Why are the 2,000 killed by warming more important than the 20,000 who would be killed by freezing?

Yes, it’s no wonder that Gore doesn’t want to address the hilarity of his absurd claims. The editors of Jyllands-Posten should be happy that he skipped the interview he once agreed to. Dying from laughing is much worse than buying it from global warming!

More globaloney from Al Gore. But no real facts, sadly.

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