Al Gore is more than used to taking heat from climate change deniers, but he still took an opportunity this past weekend to unleash fury on naysayers who fail to accept that climate change is a legitimate concern, and who constantly campaign against climate change action.
He took the stand at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communications and Society to express his concern and disapproval of anti-climate change action campaigners.
“The model they innovated in that effort was transported whole cloth into the climate debate. And some of the exact same people — by name, I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo-scientists, to pretend to be scientists, to put out the message: “This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.” Bullshit! “It may be sun spots.” Bullshit! “It’s not getting warmer.” Bullshit!
And there are about 10 other memes that are out there, and when you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you. The same crap, over and over and over again. There is no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened. People have no idea! And yet our ability to actually come to a shared reality that emphasizes the best evidence. It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word “climate.”
The fact that there is still a climate change “debate” out there is baffling. Whether you’re a fan of Al Gore in politics or not, his effort in creating a significant movement in regard to the realities of climate change is admirable. His new Climate Reality Project is set to launch on September 14. The ambitious project will attempt to bring the truths and reality of what is happening to the Earth to people all over the world.
What else do you think can be done to help change the perspective of skeptics?