RUSH: How long did you think it would be before Algore or somebody in the environmentalist wacko movement would take the occasion of this extraordinary winter weather to say, "See? See? I told you. Global warming, climate change." Well, it has happened. Algore has posted this on his blog, Al's Journal: "Last week on his show Bill O'Reilly asked, 'Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?' and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question. As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming: 'In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow. A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.'"
This is what Algore has posted. The problem is nobody believes it anymore. You're not gonna convince anybody driving around Chicago or stranded. I don't know if you are aware -- I am, because we are hosting a couple events this weekend in Dallas for clients. That city, DFW shut down yesterday for a while and they're still playing catch-up getting people in there. You couldn't get there from late yesterday afternoon through last night from Houston. You could get there from New York but not too many other places. I mean they've got wind chills below zero. The two teams have had to move their practice sites indoors because of all this. Now, the weekend, forties and fifties for the actual Super Bowl weekend, but this is all playing havoc. You're not gonna convince those people they're in the middle of global warming. And we are fortunate to have been able to help expose the hoax of all this. It's a pure, unadulterated hoax.
We had a sound bite last week or earlier this week and I didn't have a chance to get to it. One of the founders of Greenpeace, Patrick is his first name, I can't remember his last name, admitted that the whole environmental movement is solely oriented toward anti-capitalism, just exactly as I've always said. The militant environmental movement since the early nineties is simply the new repository for displaced communists after the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union went bye-bye. Anti-capitalist, it's all they are, just like the feminists, just another anti-capitalist movement, pro-socialist, pro-Marxist, pro-big government, that's all they are. And now here you've got Gore, he's not a scientist, quoting all these people. For a guy who pretends to be so scientific you'll notice what I read to you here from his blog, he seldom, if ever, backs up his assertions with actual documentation.
That long quote that Gore posted above that I just read is from a famous scientist and climate expert, and that is the columnist Clarence Page. I kid you not. It is Clarence Page who wrote: "In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow." Clarence Page wrote that. Gore is citing it here as scientific community evidence. Clarence Page, a Chicago newspaper syndicates him. But we know that Clarence Page isn't a scientist. He's not even a pretend climate change scientist. He's just a liberal pundit. So I would like to see some of these authoritative predictions from scientists from 20 years ago that supposedly claim that man-made global warming -- I don't want to hear from UN hacks. I want to hear from actual scientists.
I would like to hear, for example, our own climate expert, Dr. Roy Spencer. Dr. Spencer, I ask you now, 20 years ago, did you forecast, did any reputable climate scientists forecast massive warming leading to record snowfalls exactly as we're seeing today in the manner in which Clarence Page describes it here, sponges and the like? A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc. Hotter dry spells. We haven't had those. Colder winters. Rise in global temperature equals colder winters. People used to buy this, 'til we exposed it. But now the greatest weapon we have is all of this extraordinary weather. I don't care what people think. They know this isn't global warming. Now, they may be buying into climate change if they really are invested in this. But, if they do that, even they must know that the terminology here is being changed.
Now, let's go back, we're gonna go back 11 years. This is from the Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, the Hadley bunch, the people who were at the forefront of the hoax. We were warned by the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia as recently as March of 2000 that snow would soon be a thing of the past. I mention this because these were people who were at the forefront of the hoax, at the forefront of the idea that we were destroying the climate with man-made greenhouse gases, emissions, driving our SUVs, you name it, you know what it is, burning coal for fuel, we were destroying the planet. Now, Gore in this post says, (imitating Gore) "Oh, yeah, scientists 20 years ago warned us of all these massive snowfalls as the world's climate got warmer." But March 20th of 2000: "According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become 'a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren't going to know what snow is."
But you see Algore is not a scientist; he is a propagandist. He has a considerable financial stake in the success of his own propaganda, and that's what this is about. I hate to say it, but this is about Algore enriching himself on a hoax, propaganda. So you can't expect him to bother too much about inconvenient details. While he wants to tell us that scientists were warning us 20 years ago that the snows are gonna get even worse like we have never seen before, ten years ago the experts at Hadley were telling us snow would become so rare that it would be something children will not even recognize. They wouldn't even know what it is. March of 2000.
RUSH: I want you to hear an audio sound bite. Joe Bastardi from AccuWeather was on the Fox & Friends show this morning to talk about Algore, and Steve Doocy said, "Al Gore came out within the last 48 hours on his website and he said that scientists have said that all these storms are indicative of the earth getting warmer. You got evaporation out there and more precipitation and hence, what's going on here. You say that's not right."
BASTARDI: You know what this is like with these folks? I don't mean to demean you, it's like the more your opponent scores, the more points you get. The fact of the matter is these guys are sitting here -- is there any answer they don't own? Four, five years ago, we're hearing no winters, lots of hurricanes, everything else. When the opposite happens, they say well, we're right about that. There are people who think by 2030, we're back where we were in the early 1800's, which is a mini ice age. By the way, folks, cooling is worse than warming. It takes a lot more energy -- that's why your energy bills go up in the winter -- to heat houses than it does to cool you down.
RUSH: Right. And it's a great point that Mr. Bastardi makes. Is there any answer they don't own? Whatever happens, they claim they called it. They claim they were right. There's no science about this whatsoever. And I did get the answer from Dr. Spencer, and there was no scientific prediction that anybody took seriously that global warming would produce more snowfall. It was the exact opposite. It was Patrick Moore, the guy I was trying to think of, Fox Business Network, Varney & Co., January 20th, Stuart Varney said, "Why did you leave Greenpeace? I mean you cofounded it. Why did you leave?"
MOORE: Greenpeace was hijacked by political and social activists at the time who began adopting extremist positions on a number of issues. I saw the writing on the wall, especially when they decided to ban chlorine worldwide which happens to be the most important element for human health and medicine. I had to leave because they were adopting positions I could not justify in science. And since then they have adopted many positions which I believe in some cases are the opposite to what they should be for truly being environmentally correct.
RUSH: Stuart Varney: "Well, if you looked across the whole spectrum of the environmentalist [wacko] movement, would you say that it's still primarily anti-capitalist, as opposed to pro-pure environment?"
MOORE: Yes, I believe it is. It's more about globalization and anti-capitalism than it is about science or ecology. Half a million kids go blind every year in the rice eating countries because of vitamin A deficiency. Golden rice invented 12 years ago could cure that overnight and yet the activists have prevented it from being planted in Asia and Africa.
RUSH: Exactly. And particularly Africa, people are being forced to live backward lives and not modernize them under the theory that it is modernization which has led to the destruction of the planet. So these people are essentially enforcing poverty on people found in the midst of it. So Stuart Varney finally says, "Now bring us up to speed for a moment. The key debate seems to be around global warming. Where do you stand on it? Is it happening? If it is happening, what would you, a former member of Greenpeace do about it?"
MOORE: Global warming has been happening since about 1800 when the little ice age came to an end and the Thames River in England stopped freezing over on a regular basis. This is obviously a natural phenomenon. The climate has been changing throughout the millennia and has generally been warmer than it is today for the last half billion years. I personally believe a little bit of warming would be good for the planet by and large. Certainly, we should be very concerned if it cools because in a warmer world, we can produce more food. In a cooler world, we will only be able to produce less food. I just do not believe that we have the proof of this and the alarmism is driving us through scare tactics to adopt energy policies that are going to create a huge amount of energy poverty among the poorer people in our society.
RUSH: By design. By design, folks. It is how you keep people in need. It is how you keep people from prospering. The more people prosper, the less they need government, the less they need their elected officials. It is hideous, it is heinous what is being done in the name of progressives, what is being done in the name of leveling the playing field, what is being done in the name of closing the gap between the rich and the poor. They're just making more poor people.
RUSH: I want to stay on the same theme here before we get back to the phones because, folks, there's evil being done out there. This attempt by Algore, this is utterly irresponsible. It's worse than irresponsible. There is a word... Well, I had better be very, very, very careful. I'm gonna just tell you: It's worse than irresponsible what Gore is doing. Personally profiting off this extraordinary weather, which is subjecting people... I mean, people are losing lives. People are losing livelihoods for a while. This has wrought havoc. To try to take the occasion of this to advance a false, fallacious premise -- for the purposes of what? Personal enrichment? Advancement of a liberal cause is embarrassing? It is irresponsible.
It's worse than that. It's evil. To have all of these people doing this.
And it's like Joe Bastardi said: "Is there a position they don't own?" They have yet to be right about anything, and yet everything that's happened they've "predicted." This is the worldwide left in consort with the American left, and they are destructive. And now we've got the EPA under the authority of this regime in total control of greenhouse gases and how to regulate them, and the Republicans... As I keep saying, it's a shame that news about Egypt and the weather is keeping everybody from hearing about some of the good things the Republicans are trying to do in the House and Senate, like this:
"AP Sources: House GOP Readies Restrictions on EPA -- In a sharp challenge to the Obama administration, House Republicans intend to unveil legislation Wednesday," they may have done it by now, "to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and expect to advance the bill quickly, officials disclosed Tuesday night. The officials said the bill would nullify all of the steps the EPA has taken to date on the issue, including a threshold finding that greenhouse gases constitute a danger to the public health and welfare."
Once they have that authority, folks, it's all over. It's the same thing with health care. You put them in charge of who gets treated and who doesn't, and it's all over. Based on cost? It doesn't matter. You take you out of the equation, when you have a bunch of bureaucrats with the power guiding them that says "greenhouse gases constitute a danger to the public health and welfare," there are no limits on them. I mean, when you're fighting danger-- when you're fighting elements harmful to the public health and welfare -- you can define anything you want however you need in order exercise unchecked federal power. (interruption) "Marshal law based on a hoax" is one way of putting it. Now, a greenhouse gas, one of them is what you exhale.
Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, you exhale it -- and somehow we've gotten to the point where that is destroying the planet. I happen to believe in God. I believe in a loving, brilliant... (sigh) I know that this... (sigh) There is no way. I don't want to sound simpleton here, but there is not possible that we would be created by a creator in such a way that we would destroy by virtue of our created existence our own planet and environment. It just doesn't compute, and yet that's what these people are trying to tell us. I don't care whether they believe in God or not. The very idea that the natural existence of mammals, something we can't do anything about -- the only thing we can do is die to prevent carbon dioxide coming from us.
That's all we can do, and even then we're gonna decompose! (interruption) Well, "not all mammals" is true. Basically, it's just humans. But all of this has been a huge insult to my intelligence. Now we have that gas, carbon dioxide, called a danger to public health and welfare. (interruption) Do I remember winters like this when I was a kid? Yeah, this... I remember 1967. I was 16 years old. Chicago's had this before. There was a day in February of 1979. I had just started work for the Kansas City Royals a month prior. I had gone home at the end of February for my dad's birthday. His birthday is February 26th, and I went home on a weekend closest to his birthday. And on a Saturday night, Sunday of this weekend, 24 inches of snow fell on Cape Girardeau, Missouri -- and eight to ten miles away, no snow fell.
Regardless, we couldn't get out of there. I had to drive back to Kansas City to get back to work. I got on the phone. I called the boss, whose name happened to be "Herk" Robinson, and I was scared to death. I thought (you know, there was the Internet back then), "Gosh, I hope he believes me, because there isn't any snow in St. Louis. There's no snow anywhere but here -- and are they reporting snow in Cape Girardeau in Kansas City?" So I got on the phone and I said, "Herk, I can't get there." He said, "Oh, that's fine. Just get here when you can." It was 24 inches of snow. (interruption) Yeah, I've had ice storms.
We've had school canceled because of freezing rain and ice storms, and we've had power lines drop because of ice on them and we've had people's roofs cave in because of ice on them and we've had store roofs and stores collapse because of the weight of snow on them. (interruption) What are you asking me this for? Ohhhhh, yeah, yeah, yeah. People are acting like this has never happened before. Well, let me explain part of that. I don't actually mind that. I don't mind the Drive-Bys doing "this is Armageddon," to this extent: This ain't global warming! Anything that convinces people there isn't global warming out there, I'm fine with.
If the Drive-Bys want to fall into a trap that they made the last ten years, "It's getting hotter! It's getting hotter! It's getting hotter! We're all gonna die! We're gonna die! We're gonna die! We gotta go buy electric cars not SUVs, change lightbulbs! Warming, warming, warming," and then we get what people think is a winter like we've never had, I'm down with it. If it convinces them that there's no global warming, fine! Drive-Bys, go to town. Lie all you want. You tell people it's never been this bad before because it's all happening in a context of them thinking it's because of global warming, and they're not gonna believe it anymore. So as far as I'm concerned, the Drive-Bys are cutting their own throats and I'm down with it. Hunky-dory!
RUSH: By the way, one other point. We are in the middle of a worldwide "great recession." In that case... I think everybody would agree to this. It's a worldwide, and if it's not a "great recession" it's a significant downturn. How come we are still having global warming? I mean, economic activity is way down, is it not? The things that "produce greenhouse gases," all of the man-made activity that caused planetary destruction, climate destruction, are way down. And it's not having any impact! We don't have anybody out there praising this, do we? No, we've got Al Gore and the others saying, "It's getting worse." Every snowfall, they say, "Look at this! It's getting warmer, warmer, warmer and it's causing all this snow." Ladies and gentlemen, for those of you that don't have a job, this is what the environmentalists want. We're part of the way there to what they say is necessary to stop the destruction of the planet. Why isn't it working?