Rebutting Gore’s “A Convenient Lie”

Omnologos translates a talk given by an Italian scientist on Al Gore’s feature film “An Inconvenient Truth”-

As a complete non-expert in the field of documentary movies, my opinion is that Gore is a natural born actor and “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT, directed by David Guggenheim) such a well-paced work, that it is hard not to feel the involvement.

It places itself half-way between American Graffiti and the classical tale of the romantic hero, seasoned with a moral vision calling at times for a collective sense of responsibility for humankind. It is also full of great-sounding slogans. All in all, AIT is a veritable testimony of faith in the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).

AGW is based on the theory that greenhouse gases are the key factor for climatic variability. In particular, according the AGW the rise in temperatures in the past 150 years (after the end of the Little Ice Age) is caused by human emissions into the atmosphere, especially of carbon dioxide. One of its best known champions of AGW is the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Composed of scientists and government representatives, the IPCC supports a human cause for increased temperatures on the basis both of past climates’ reconstructions and “forecasts” for up to 100 years in the future made with mathematical models (Global Circulation Models – GCM). What is less widely known is that the IPCC’s is not the only way to take a look at climate (Mariani, 2008). With those premises, let’s analyze Gore’s documentary according to the three Aristotelian techniques (Wollf, 1995), ie logic, dialectic and rhetoric…

I don’t know if Mariani is right, but I know that Gore and Co. are one of the biggest dangers to freedom this century (read what Bill Anderson has to say on the subject). That said, statements like – “For example in Milan (of which Gore is now honorary citizen, by no coincidence (Tiezzi, 2008)), houses are being allowed to rise up by an additional floor, further preventing cooling at night, which means of course that the city will be even more hot in future heatwaves.” make me uncomfortable. I understand that not every one out there is a libertarian who believes that the government should keep its hands to itself on nearly every issue, but after last week’s theater of the absurd, I am even more wary of alliances of convenience based on “my enemy’s enemy is my friend.” Rand, for all the contradictions in some of her (political) positions, was right about black and white, about the dangers of the middle ground, about compromise.

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  • raveler  On March 5, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Yes, GW enthusiast would gladly have us kill our economy, impoverish our citizens and cast us back to the dark ages for the sake of environmental myth. Meanwhile, China and India steam forward with their industrial revolutions. GW is just another weapon in the environmentalist arsenel, designed to destroy our individual rights. And they are getting away with it, under the guise of altruism. Remember: it was Al Gore who claimed he invented the internet. (Another grandiose pragmatist).

  • you12  On March 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. …voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country

    Replace war with AGW or War on terror or any other government program or pogrom.

  • you12  On March 6, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Gore is following that quote to the tee.

  • Paul  On May 14, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Al Gore, have you ever looked outside?
    The Globe does not work that way?

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