Redefining, Overheated

By March 2, 2010Global Warming

Former Vice President’s Al Gore’s apocalyptic op-ed in Saturday’s The New York Times, “We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change,” has already produced worthy rebuttals of his scientific contradictions, notably this editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, “A Blizzard Of Lies From Al Gore.”

Gore’s rhetoric is also something to marvel at: “In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.”

He’s talking about carbon dioxide, a gas, the product of respiration and required for life on Earth. No matter your view on anthropogenic global warming, trying to relabel CO2 as pollution and comparing its discharge to sewage discharge is an obvious attempt to deceive and confuse.

Gore quotes Winston Churchill to end his column, but his use of language is Orwellian: language corrupting thought.

UPDATE (11:50 a.m.): Trying to build on the NYT op-ed, Gore’s group, the Climate Protection Action Fund’s Repower America campaign, has been bombarding its email list with entreaties to contact U.S. Senators in support of some sort of global warming legislation. This morning’s e-mail from Dave Boundy, campaign manager, implores:

This morning we’re kicking off an all-out, bare-knuckled, three-day calling campaign to demand the strongest possible climate and clean energy legislation — with a goal of 20,000 calls from Repower America supporters alone.

With critical negotiations happening right now in the Senate over climate and clean energy and a bill due to be announced soon, lobbyists from big polluting corporations are scrambling to throw as much firepower as they can against a strong bill.

We have to fight back. Thousands of Repower America supporters like you have already pledged to call, and reports of calls from across the country are flooding in right now. Can you join them by calling now?

Twenty thousand calls doesn’t sound like a lot to us. And what the heck is a bare-knuckled calling campaign?

The e-mail is in the extended entry.

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Steven Hayword at the American Enterprise Institute observes, “Everything That’s Wrong With Al Gore in a Single Sentence,” with that sentence being: “From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.” (Hat tip: The Chamber Post.)

Dear xxxx:

This morning we’re kicking off an all-out, bare-knuckled, three-day calling campaign to demand the strongest possible climate and clean energy legislation — with a goal of 20,000 calls from Repower America supporters alone.

With critical negotiations happening right now in the Senate over climate and clean energy and a bill due to be announced soon, lobbyists from big polluting corporations are scrambling to throw as much firepower as they can against a strong bill.

We have to fight back. Thousands of Repower America supporters like you have already pledged to call, and reports of calls from across the country are flooding in right now. Can you join them by calling now?

Just call our easy-to-use, toll-free Repower America hotline at 1-877-9-REPOWER (1-877-9-737-6937) and enter your zip code. You’ll be connected to one of your Senators. When you’ve finished your call, click here to report it so we can track progress toward our goal.

Call now: 1-877-9-737-6937

Once you’re connected, remember to tell the staff member you’re speaking to that:

You’re a constituent
You want your Senators to pass strong clean energy and climate legislation this year
You want a strong bill that invests in clean energy, creates millions of jobs and sets a limit on harmful carbon pollution from all sectors of our economy
In Sunday’s New York Times, Al Gore made clear the urgency of this moment for all of us — that without strong U.S. legislation this year, it could be too late to avoid climate catastrophe.

But that message won’t get through to the Senate unless we create enormous public pressure.

Please call your Senator now and help reach 20,000 calls — and then report your call by clicking here.

Let’s blow them away.

Dave Boundy
Campaign Manager
The Climate Protection Action Fund’s Repower America campaign

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