Yesterday I linked to an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which Governor Palin denounced the corruption of science revealed in the Climategate files and called on President Obama to boycott the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. It was an example of the well-reasoned, commonsensical, and ethical conservative argument we’ve come to expect from her. For example:
In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more pressure to pass the Democrats’ cap-and-tax proposal. This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.
It was a fair analysis in opposition to a policy the authoress believed harmful to the interests of the United States. But it was blasphemy to some, a challenge to the orthodoxy of the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming that had to be quashed.
There was only one person to do it, one illuminated being with the gravitas (and the girth) to reassert inconvenient truths, remind us that the science is settled, and restore our faith in a coming doom from which only he and other technocratic elites could save us (inconvenient evidence be damned): Al Gore himself.
Asked about Palin’s charge on Facebook that these are “doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood,” Gore replied that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years. “It’s a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”
In other words, “Don’t listen to that moose-hunting, baby-making, state-school educated hick from a barely-civilized state! Don’t let her fool you with facts supplied to her by deniers who are traitors to the planet! No, listen to me! I’m wiser than her. I’ve been a senator, a vice-president … I HAVE AN OSCAR!!”
Let us not forget that this is the same genius who asserted on national television that the temperature of the Earth’s core tops out at several million degrees. Hint: if that were true, the Earth would have had a very bright, but very short career as a fireball, before ending as a cosmic smoke-puff. (Inconvenient truth: scientific estimates range from about 5,000 to 9,000 degrees Celsius.)
Gore has also either lied about or is ignorant of the emails at the center of the controversy, claiming the most recent was ten years old. Wrong. The most recent is from November of this year.
When someone presents contrary evidence, his replies amount to saying “nuh-uh!” over and over again. When asked to prove climate change is anthropogenic in origin, he looks with disdain and says essentially, “Because… shut up!”
All Al Gore can do when challenged is roll his eyes and condescend in an attempt to intimidate and demean his opponents, because the genuine science is increasingly against him and his statist money-making scheme theory. Governor Palin, on the other hand, presented reasonable arguments about why we should look very seriously at the integrity of the science of climate change before making any drastic commitments based on it.
I know who I trust. How about you?
POSTSCRIPT: The former Alaska governor had this to say on her Facebook page in response to The Goracle:
The response to my op-ed by global warming alarmists has been interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has called me a “denier” and informs us that climate change is “a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”
Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.
However, he’s wrong in calling me a “denier.” As I noted in my op-ed above and in my original Facebook post on Climategate, I have never denied the existence of climate change. I just don’t think we can primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes.
Former Vice President Gore also claimed today that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years, and therefore it is settled science. Well, the Climategate scandal involves the leading experts in this field, and if Climategate is proof of the larger method used over the past 20 years, then Vice President Gore seriously needs to consider that their findings are flawed, falsified, or inconclusive.
Vice President Gore, the Climategate scandal exists. You might even say that it’s sort of like gravity: you simply can’t deny it.
LINKS: Hot Air covers Gore’s disappointment in Obama’s focus on health care; California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina reminds us that facts are important things; J. Storrs Hall provides evidence that assertions that the infamous hockey stick graphs can only be explained by anthropogenic causes are poppycock. At Pajamas Media, Environmental Protection Agency scientist Alan Carlin discusses the risks inherent in the Obama Administration’s politicization of the agency, Roger Kimball discusses how Al Gore flunks logic, and mathematician Frank Tipler argues that relativism corrupts science.