Blind Faith in Gore’s Moral Crusade

By Todd Wynn

Last month, Al Gore gave a speech in Washington, D.C. about the country’s obligation to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2018. Al Gore has had quite a career in politics. Yet his influence over public policy as an elected official wasn’t as great as he now wields as a staunch environmental activist. His influence mainly stems from his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth,” in which he frequently states, “This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue.” Gore uses catch phrases and hyperbole to rivet the attention of the public and politicians alike and to incite alarmism rather than to raise awareness.

His recent speech uses similar phrases: “The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk,” “”¦the future of human civilization is at stake,” and “”¦hundreds of millions of climate refugees destabilizing nations around the world.” These statements catch the public’s attention and call for a suspension of judgment by all who disagree with him, demanding people’s blind faith in his dire environmental predictions.

Al Gore operates on the precautionary principle, meaning that, in terms of the environment, scientific uncertainty should not prevent governments from taking regulatory action against activities that pose a potential risk of significant harm. The very definition of the precautionary principle states that the science is not clear. Thus, to close off the scientific debate, Gore has come to rely on making global warming an ethical issue to convince others to join him in his moral crusade.

Scientific uncertainty should not imply that we necessarily must fear drastic environmental changes. Rather, uncertainty indicates the need for sustained research aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the Earth’s climate and how human actions may or may not translate into negative environmental effects or climate change. Science and economics should drive public policy toward solutions. Alarmism, hyperbole, and blind faith shouldn’t.

Todd Wynn is the climate change and energy policy analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research center.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    >in which he frequently states, “This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue.

    Hey wait a second. Whatever happened to that great liberal chestnut “you can’t legislate morality”?

    How weird.

    Well, there you have it, in Al Gores own words, AGW is a moral issue to him.

    I really do so hate it when the left tries to force it’s morality down other peoples throat. Considering the pervasiveness of the moral crusade that is Global Warming, Al Gore rapidly makes the late Jerry Fallwell look like a minor league player.

  • Anonymous

    “Al Gore operates on the precautionary principle”

    No, Al Gore operates on the same principles con men have relied on since the beginning of time, “You can fool some of thed people all of the time” and “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

  • Anonymous

    This new piece covers everything. Read it and know Gore, the IPCC and AGW is a fraud.

  • Terry Parker

    “The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk,”

    This will come true if Gore gets his way. He will get richer and the rest of us will be in the poor house after we pay for it. Gore is obviously an elitist out of touch with the real world. .

  • Jerry

    AlGore has always been a fraud, a second place kind of guy. He NEVER practices what he preaches. He gets rich off the fools who fall for his stupid, ill-informed rants about warming. It would be almost sad if it wasn’t so transparent.

    Show me someone who truly believes in AlGore and I will show you a weak, incompetent, little, little person who is searching for meaning in their pathetic life. Anything to “make a difference”.

    Sad. Very sad indeed.

  • Anonymous

    With abundant science available that debunks the theroies behind Human Global Warming Kulongoski and many others are choosing insanity in their push to force policies upon us.

    Our elected officials are incredibly incompetent.

  • jim karlock

    *Gore:* “The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk,”
    *JK:* No, the real risk is to all of us having to pay for the very expensive solutions to Al’s get-rich-quick scheme.

    *Gore:* “…the future of human civilization is at stake,”
    *JK:* Its really about the future of Al’s bank account:
    *AL Gore’s Money:*
    *1.* Al Gore is Chairman of Generations Mutual fund. see:
    *2.* Al Gore is a partner in Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture firm: After “a conversation that’s gone on for a year and a half,” according to Gore, he has decided to join his old pal John Doerr as an active, hands-on partner at Kleiner Perkins, Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture firm.
    *3.* Al Gore appears to get $100,000 for speaking. See this for one example (price is on page 5):
    *4.* Gore saw his personal wealth increase by an estimated $100 million thanks largely to speaking fees and investments related to global warming hysteria. (
    *5.* BTW, a British court found a bunch of inaccuracies in Gore’s film (“over-representation of factual presentations”?) See:

    *Gore investment body closes $683m fund* The investment vehicle headed by Al Gore has closed a new $683m fund to invest in early-stage environmental companies and has mounted a robust defence of green investing

    BTW, Al admitted to embellishing the truth:
    *”I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is* as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are…”; Al Gore in Grist, 09 May 2006, bold added.

    *Gore:* and “…hundreds of millions of climate refugees destabilizing nations around the world.”
    *JK:* We are already seeing riots – not from the effects of warming, but from one of the “solutions” to the non-problem as ethanol from food is increasing the price of food. As usual the poor suffer and the progressives don’t care.


  • Joanne Rigutto

    OMG I never thought I’d see an article in Grist cited on this blog…..

    That having been said, Al Gore is a sodding great twit. His film, An Inconvenient Truth, is as much about Al Gore and his failed bid for the presidency as global warming. I have the movie on DVD and everytime I watch it my blood preasure goes up. There are inacuracies in his film that he should be prosecuted for.

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