Al Gore is a rabblerouser.
April 17, 2009
At least according to Dr. William Happer, Princeton U Professor of Physics and former U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Senator. From his testimony to the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee:
I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind. I predict that future historians will look back on this period much as we now view the period just before the passage of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution to prohibit the ‘manufacturing, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors.’ … Deeply sincere people thought they were saving humanity from the evils of alcohol, just as many people now sincerely think they are saving humanity from the evils of CO2. Prohibition was a mistake, and our country has probably still not fully recovered from the damage it did. Institutions like organized crime got their start in that era. Drastic limitations on CO2 are likely to damage our country in analogous ways. … Many of you may know that in 2007 a British Court ruled that if Al Gore’s book, An Inconvenient Truth, was used in public schools, the children had to be told of eleven particularly troubling inaccuracies. You can easily find a list of the inaccuracies on the internet, but I will mention one. The court ruled that it was not possible to attribute hurricane Katrina to CO2.
More on the subject, and on the slew of scientists who call foul on the now mass-market theories of global warming.
I’m no physicist. Every day, I read the said–she said on environmental advances and setbacks. What’s a Smaller to believe? I suppose that it doesn’t hurt to reduce, because I live in a li’l house and I don’t want to be jammed in with junk. And it isn’t too bad to reuse, either, because then I’m not introducing new junk into said li’l house (see above). And, recycling seems good, right? Repurposing and remaking to help alleviate the junktrain?
Is this common sense? Depression sense, even? Less about saving the planet than keeping life manageable?