RUSH: Last Thursday in Washington, DC, at an Alliance for Climate Protection event, the former Vice President, Algore, spoke. We have one bite from that particular speech, and this is it.
ALGORE: I ask you to join with me to call on every candidate at every level to accept this challenge for America to be run on 100% zero carbon electricity in ten years. It’s time for us to move beyond empty rhetoric. We need to act now (applause) and we need to act boldly.
RUSH: Okay, we need to move beyond running on 100% zero carbon electricity in ten years. Can I ask a question? Somebody tell me. Help me out here. Does that include coal as well? Obviously. Okay. So we not only have to get off oil and the derivatives, we gotta get off coal, and coal is primarily how we power our electricity plants in this country. This is ridiculous. It is impossible. It would wreck the economy. It would leave us vulnerable. For crying out loud, this is nonsensical. By the way, I’m going to take the occasion of these Algore sound bites. There was a story in ScienceandPublicPolicy.org that discusses the myth of consensus on global warming. ‘The American Physical Society, the APS, has 50,000 physicists as members. A unit of the American Physical Society called the Physics and Society Forum is apparently not buying into this.’ Here’s a quote from them. ‘There is considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC,’ the UN, ‘and its conclusion that manmade global warming emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that’s occurred since the Industrial Revolution.
‘A paper by Lord Monckton has everybody in a twitter. Lord Monckton mathematically proved in his paper there is no climate crisis at all. He uses 30 equations to prove that the computer models used by the UN’s climate panel were preprogrammed with overstated values for the three variables whose product is climate sensitivity, i.e., temperature increase in response to the greenhouse gas increase. This resulted in a 500 to 2,000% overstatement of CO2’s affect on temperature in the UN’s latest assessment report.’ In other words, the UN models were wrong. Our own climatologist, Dr. Roy Spencer, has maintained this for many, many months. ‘These models were programmed to give fundamentally fraudulent information to scare people into acting. Here are a few of the facts published by Lord Monckton,’ who, by the way, challenged Algore to numerous debates. Algore refuses. Algore will not debate this with anybody.
‘The UN’s 2007 climate summary overstated CO2’s impact on temperature by 500 to 2,000%. CO2 enrichment will add little more than one degree Fahrenheit (.6 degrees centigrade) to the global mean surface temperature by 2100. That’s infinitesimal. None of the three key variables whose product is climate sensitivity can be measured directly. The UN’s values for these three key variables are taken from only four published papers, not 2500 papers. The UN’s values for each of the three variables and hence for climate sensitivity are overstated. Global warming halted ten years ago. Surface temperature has been falling for seven years,’ which we’ve documented with the satellite temperature charts that we’ve put on the website. ‘Not one of the computer models relied on by the UN predicted so long and rapid a cooling. The UN inserted a table into the scientists’ draft overstating the effect of ice melt by 1,000%. It was proved 50 years ago that predicting climate more than two weeks ahead is impossible.
‘Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon, and Pluto warmed at the same time as Earth warmed. The only common factor is the sun. In the past 70 years the sun was more active than almost any other time in the last 11,400 years, based on a number of research data of things on Earth.’ Lord Monckton has proven what anybody with any common sense instinctively has known and understood for 19 to 20 years. This is a hoax; a pure, unadulterated hoax. This piece appeared July the 16th at DailyTech.com. It’s ‘The Myth of Consensus Explodes,’ and there’s another piece at ScienceandPublicPolicy.org featuring Lord Monckton and his work. The reason I asked about coal a moment ago, ladies and gentlemen: Our very good friends at Der Spiegel, the German news magazine, explained earlier this month why the Persian Gulf states are switching to coal. Did you know that they are? This is fascinating. The Persian Gulf states are switching to coal to power their own power plants.
Now, I might be saying, ‘Rush, why the hell they doing that? They’re sitting there on an ocean of oil.’ Well, with the prices of crude skyrocketing, the oil sheiks have determined it makes more sense to sell it than to use it. So they’re turning to coal for their own energy needs to the detriment of the climate. Demand for coal plants is growing rapidly across the globe as the price of oil skyrockets and people are using it less. So it is ironic, expensive oil means more of that dirty coal is going to be used. It’s ironic that the environmentalist dream of driving up the price of oil to make alternatives more attractive ends up making coal more attractive. I love it. I absolutely love it. The unintended consequences of their own stupid plans. ‘That’s right, Limbaugh! Drive up the price of oil, get the price of oil up so high that people won’t use it anymore and clean up the planet.’ Yeah, pal, but (laughter) more people using coal now, cheaper. Here’s Algore in Austin, Texas on Saturday at the Netroots Nation convention, a bunch of kook fringe leftist bloggers.
ALGORE: Am I the only one that finds it strange that our country is so often fooled into picking a remedy for a problem that has absolutely nothing to do with the problem that is being talked about? (applause) Proposing to get a slight increase in oil drilling for fuel to be sold to China 10 to 15 years from now, as a solution to our rising gasoline prices makes about as much sense as responding to an attack from Afghanistan by invading some other country that had absolutely (kooks applauding) nothing to do with attacking us.
RUSH: He’s out of his mind. He’s literally out of his mind. The one thing nobody talks about is all the investments Algore has in these alternative energies and these carbon offsets that he wants everybody to be steered into. During a Q&A at the Netroots Nation convention, an audience member said, ‘Vice President Al Gore, I heard that meat causes more carbon emissions than our cars. Is this true? What should we do?’
ALGORE: It is true that it would be healthier for us as individuals and healthier for the planet if we consumed less meat (applause) and I acknowledge that, and there’s an undercurrent in the question, you didn’t say it, but I understand that part of the question is, ‘How come that hasn’t been a more prominent part of this, uh, effort so far?’ An-and — I — I guess I will plead guilty to the idea that we can only do so much at once. I myself am a meat eater, and maybe that has had an impact on my definition of the problem, but I want to forthrightly acknowledge that this is, uh, a significant part, uh, uh, uh, uh, of what needs to be done. We’ve gotta walk before we run, and, you know, none of us are perfect.
RUSH: My God. My God, folks! He got a question from a kook, he took it seriously, said, we all need to start working on not eating meat, but that he’s not because he’s addicted to it; maybe creating part of the problem. We can only do so much at once. So before he’s going to stop eating meat, we’re going to get rid of all carbon-generated electricity. I just got some interesting numbers from our official climatologist here, Dr. Roy Spencer, University of Alabama at Huntsville. ‘The US uses one thousand gigawatts of electricity on a continuous basis. That would be 1,000 one-gigawatt power plants, or 500 two-gigawatt power plants. [You get the idea.] It takes ten years to license and construct just one nuclear power plant.’ So if we’re going to get rid of all these electricity-generated power plants, we better get moving fast on building nuclear power plants to replace them. This is lunacy! This is sheer lunacy, and it’s not going to happen. It can’t happen. If it does happen, we have totally lost any self-pride in our nation and we are willing to kick ourselves back to the Stone Age.
RUSH: After Algore left his Netroots kook convention in Austin, he showed up on Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw yesterday. Brokaw was so adoring, so, so mesmerized, he must have forgotten, Brokaw must have forgotten to challenge any of the flaws in Algore’s scheme. He must have been so mesmerized, like Messiah II coming in. This guy is the Democrat Party savior, next to Obama. So Brokaw is just mesmerized there. I’m sure it was the staff, I’m sure, because normally his journalistic tendencies would have kicked in and challenge some of the stupid premises that Algore was mentioning. Brokaw puts words in my mouth.
BROKAW: With all due respect, Mr. Vice President, I can already hear your critics, and I don’t do Rush Limbaugh, so I will not attempt to, but I can hear him saying on the radio, ‘Well, there’s Prince Albert, there he was 25 years hanging out with lobbyists, raising big money, then he lost, and now he’s above the process.’ Trivial —
ALGORE: I’m not saying I’m above the process. I was in it for a long time, and when I first was elected 32 years ago, I called for full public financing of every federal election. I introduced legislation —
BROKAW: And yet your guy Obama has turned it down. He said he was for public financing and now he’s decided to stay in the private sector.
ALGORE: Well, there’s a new reality now with the Internet-based small donor playing the dominant role.
RUSH: Which he invented, by the way, Algore invented the Internet, John F. Kerry served in Vietnam, and so all these small donors, it’s the equivalent of a publicly financed campaign. I know they don’t play the dominant role, I know they don’t, but still, this is the myth that they’re trying to create. But as an aside to comrade Brokaw, I would never ask Algore about this. ‘Prince Albert, 25 years hanging out with lobbyists, raising big money, then he lost, now he’s above the process.’ I wouldn’t ask that at all. I’d ask Algore about the foolishness of his global warming beliefs. I would have said, ‘Do you really think we can get rid of power plants powered by electricity in ten years? Do you really believe this? Do you know what would happen to our economy if this happened?’ I would ask him, ‘Why do you not debate anybody on global warming? You know that Lord Monckton who’s just proven everything about this to be a hoax wants to debate you. Why won’t you?’ I wouldn’t ask him about lobbyists. Hell’s bells, folks, lobbyists aren’t even on my menu half the time. That’s Inside Washington talk. That’s political speech. Lobbyists are always going to be around, they always have been around and nothing’s ever going to change it. They’re just going to talk like they want you to think they’re going to change, it’s never going to change. Brokaw then says, ‘What have you outlined in fact as a goal that may not be achievable?’
ALGORE: We may have less than ten years in order to make dramatic changes, lest we lose the chance to avoid catastrophic results from the climate crisis. We’re building up CO2 so rapidly that we’re seeing the consequences scientists have long predicted, and the only way to take responsible action is to get at the heart of the problem, which is the burning of fossil fuels. And the quickest and easiest way to back out the coal, which is the worst of the problem, and oil, is to look at electricity generation.
RUSH: Now, folks, I’m trying to be restrained and with a modicum of decorum here, but this is lunacy. We have less than ten years now? Every pro-global warming scientist has a different number. We’ve got to 2050, we’ve got to 2030, Gore less than ten, Ted Danson said in 1988 we only had ten years to clean up the oceans or we’re all going to perish. We all know what this is, but this is a former vice president, he says these things, and one of America’s leading news anchors just waves as the words go by, is not inspired to challenge — less than ten years? Somebody needs to tell Brokaw that for the last seven years the global temperature has been declining and it was not predicted by the global warming models. How can we have less than ten years when the temperature hasn’t gone up yet? And finally, Brokaw says, ‘Let me ask you about your personal lifestyle. Why was it necessary for you to have a 10,000-square-foot home? It’s going to be more energy intensive than a smaller home for just the two of you.’
ALGORE: I don’t claim to be perfect, and all of us who care about this issue or are trying to do our part, but I will say this, we buy green energy. The issue is carbon, the issue is carbon. And we have essentially a carbon free home. We buy from wind energy and solar energy, our roof is covered with solar electric panels —
RUSH: This is not true.
ALGORE: — and geothermal system with all these deep wells —
RUSH: This is bull.
ALGORE: — we cut our natural gas bill by 90%. We’re walking the walk and not just talking the talk. There are always people who are going to try to aim at the messenger if they don’t like the message, and I don’t claim to be perfect, but we are walking the walk.
RUSH: But you’re not. We just had a report six months ago your electricity usage has skyrocketed with all the greening of your house. It has skyrocketed. ‘We use green energy.’ Folks, there’s no such thing. There’s no such thing as green energy. All of this is just a consumer racket.
RUSH: Here is Algore, Tom Brokaw from Meet Tom Brokaw on NBC, if Florida approves it, do you think they should be allowed to offshore drill?
ALGORE: Areas that have environmental values and economic values connected to the environment at stake should be protected. People used to propose cures for hangovers by having what they call ‘the hair of the dog that bit you,’ just more in the morning. Well, we’ve gotta big hangover right now because oil is so high in price. The climate crisis is really the heart of this. It is the most serious threat that our civilization has ever faced. Look at the fires out in California right now. Look at the epic flooding in the Midwest. The entire North Polar ice cap! It’s Tom, been there three million years, it’s the size of the lower 48 states, and the scientists now say that there’s 75% chance it will be completely gone during the summer in — in as little as five years.
RUSH: Make a bet! Somebody ought to bet these guys. Somebody ought to bet them. If they’re so damn sure of this, somebody ought to ask Algore to put up $10 million on this or bet his house that all this is going to happen. Put your money behind it. By the way, these fires, I saw something interesting over the weekend on the California wildfires. Some spokesman for Schwarzenegger put out a statement, ‘the worst fire season,’ more acres, more trees, more destruction than ever. The Associated Press ran with it, and then they sent out a correction. They sent out a correction. Another California official said, ‘Unh-uh, this is not the worst fire season that we’ve had. It’s not the worst fire season that we’ve had.’ So they retracted it. AP told their member papers not to run the story. I think it was somebody in Schwarzenegger’s office trying to get it out just for the scare factor; and the same thing with the floods. It’s as though none of these things have ever happened before.
RUSH: I don’t believe this. Cybercast News Service, a news story that Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has praised Algore, who challenged the United States Thursday to run on 100% zero carbon electricity within ten years. Bob Barr said Gore’s plan makes sense. ‘America responds well to challenges if it’s laid out, if it’s in terms that people can understand and relate to, if it makes sense, and what he’s laid out makes sense,’ Bob Barr said in an interview with the Cybercast News Service. Somebody, you Libertarians, do you realize what just happened here to your candidate? Somebody needs to explain what Libertarianism is to Bob Barr, because Gore’s plan is socialism, at the least. By the way, Barbara Boxer also thinks that Gore is brilliant. MSNBC, Joe Scarborough said, ‘Algore said that we could be energy independent in a decade. That’s very exciting to me.’ Come on, Joe. Joe, come back. We need you. ‘That’s very exciting to me,’ Scarborough says. ‘I think it’s a visionary approach. Is it pie-in-the-sky? Do you think it can happen, Senator Boxer?’
BOXER: I think setting a goal like that makes a lot of sense, because we Americans like that kind of vision. What he said was so, I think, inspiring. He said every 40 minutes the power of the sun, as it beams onto the Earth, could power the whole world for a whole year, every 40 minutes, but we have to harness it, we have to distribute that energy. And I’m very excited about it.
RUSH: You could say the same thing about lightning in a thunderstorm. Maybe someday, I’m not denying, but the ability to harness energy from the sun so far, folks, it ain’t there, and it ain’t going to be there in ten years. I think pretty soon we’re going to be flying at warp speed, too, through outer space. It’s easy, just harness the energy of the sun, you know, just call up Spock and say ‘warp two’ and go there. I don’t know what we’re waiting on. I don’t know why we’re still using electricity anyway. All this is just a big plot, Big Utility.
RUSH: I remember back in the seventies, Jerry Brown saying nonsense stuff like Pelosi and Gore, and they called him Governor Moonbeam back then. Now that stuff has been mainstreamed. Now these people are brilliant.