Al Gore hasn’t reaped all his rewards yet

Posted by Jason | Posted in Global Warming | Posted on 11-11-2009

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In the Wall Street Journal, an op-ed takes Gore to task on his need to continue to see only one side of the global warming debate because he has so much invested in the one side, and all his rewards can only come from one side.

Mr. Gore is quite right that his arguments should be judged on their merits, not on his investments. He’s wrong to think his investments are irrelevant, and, even more, that sincerity is dispositive of anything. Sincerity is no substitute for disinterestedness.

Here are a couple questions: When so much of his position and prestige are invested in a predicted climate crisis, is Mr. Gore likely to be open to contrary evidence? Is he likely to be particularly fastidious about whether proposed steps will actually have an effect on global warming if they also happen to benefit his investments?

Ms. Blackburn’s challenge was in a sense late. Mr. Gore long ago jumped over to the side where salesmanship, by whatever means, was the trumping priority. As far back as 1989, he insisted there was “no dispute worthy of recognition” about the danger of manmade climate change. By now, he titularly heads a vast establishment with a stake in one side of the argument.

Notice, for instance, after a decade in which the earth appears to have stopped warming and even cooled, that global warming advocates have rushed to embrace a computer simulation that predicts this cooling (in retrospect, of course) and allows for indefinite future cooling, even while assuring that the world is destined to face disastrous warming anyway. Isn’t this what forecasters of doom have done since time immemorial when their deadlines for doom haven’t been met?

Mr. Gore’s own predictions of a climate catastrophe have not lessened, but every time he opens his mouth, the costs of meeting the emergency become easier and easier to swallow. They aren’t even costs anymore; as he says in his new book, they are “profits.”

All policy salesmanship naturally defaults toward the proposition of huge benefits and negligible costs (i.e., free lunchism). Isn’t that where Al Gore is today?

Mr. Gore notes that he has poured his own money into two climate action nonprofits, but, whatever his self-felt motives, aren’t these nonprofits functionally propaganda arms (i.e., advertising) that benefit his for-profit investments?

via Holman Jenkins: The Economic Uses of Al Gore – WSJ.com.

Like all used car salesmen, Al Gore has a lot full of junk that needs sold. He’s got all his investments wrapped up in the clunkers. If he can’t sell them, he’s rewards will vanish. So what do all used car salesmen do? They smooth talk you and feed you a line of BS to get you to buy their junky cars. Used car salesmen have to convince every person to buy a car though. Unfortunately for us, Al Gore only needs to convince the morons in Washington. Then they force us to buy.

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