“I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his Alarmism”
Although his science is often seriously wrong, no one can deny that Al Gore has a flare for the dramatic. Speaking about climate change in a PBS interview, the former Vice-President proclaimed, “We have a global emergency.” Referring to the most recent UN climate report, Gore claimed that it showed that current global warming “could actually extend to an existential threat to human civilization on this planet as we know it.”
No one knows this, of course. Yet his excited claims beg the question: How did this all start?
Back in the 1970s, media articles warning of imminent climate change problems began to appear regularly. TIME and NEWSWEEK ran multiple cover stories to document how oil companies and America’s capitalist life style were causing catastrophic damage to the Earth’s climate. They claimed that scientists were almost unanimous in their opinion that man-made climate change would reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. The April 28, 1975 issue of NEWSWEEK proposed solutions that even included outlawing the internal combustion engine.
This sounds very similar to today’s climate change debate except that, in the 70s, the fear was global cooling, not warming.
The January 31, 1977 cover of TIME magazine featured a story “How to Survive The Coming Ice Age.” It included ‘facts’ such as scientists predicting that the Earth’s so-called average temperature could drop by 20 degrees Fahrenheit due to man-made global cooling. Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned, “the drop in temperature between 1945 and 1968 had taken us one sixth of the way to the next Ice Age temperature.”
Global cooling gained considerable traction with the general public, but instead of cooling as predicted by climate change advocates, the planet started to warm again. Something had to be done to rescue the climate change agenda from utter disaster. Enter Al Gore.
Al Gore Sr., a powerful Senator from Tennessee, saw to it that his son was elected to the House of Representatives, serving from 1977 to 1985, and then on to the Senate from 1985 to 1993. Gore Jr.’s primary issue was the conviction that the Earth would perish if we did not eliminate fossil fuels.
Gore advanced to Vice President under President Bill Clinton where he was able to enact policies and direct funding to ensure that the climate change agenda became a top priority of the United States government. Gore’s mission was boosted when Clinton gave him authority over the newly created President’s Council on Sustainable Development. It will come as no surprise then, that when the Council’s Charter was revised on April 25, 1997, the following direction to the Council was included as part of its “Scope of Activities”:
Advise the President on domestic implementation of policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Council should not debate the science of global warming [our emphasis], but should instead focus on the implementation of national and local greenhouse gas reduction policies and activities, and adaptations in the U.S. economy and society that maximize environmental and social benefits, minimize economic impacts, and are consistent with U.S. international agreements. The Council should, at a minimum, identify and encourage potentially replicable examples of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across diverse sectors and levels of society.
Considering that the Council was tasked with advising the President “on matters involving sustainable development,” and alternative points of view on the science of climate change were effectively excluded, it was a foregone conclusion that the Clinton administration would go in the direction Gore wanted. Indeed, in their cover letter to the President accompanying their 1999 report, Advancing Prosperity, Opportunity, and a Healthy Environment for the 21st Century, the Council stated, “Our report presents consensus recommendations on how America can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take other steps to protect the climate.”
A cornerstone of Gore’s strategy was to ensure that all high-ranking government officials who had any involvement with funding policies relating to climate change were in line with his vision. These agencies included the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
An example of his power was shown when Dr. William Happer, then Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy, testified before Congress in 1993 that scientific data did not support the hypothesis of man-made global warming. Gore saw to it that Happer was immediately fired. Fifteen years later, Happer quipped, “I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his alarmism. I did not need the job that badly.”
Al Gore was also able to leverage his high visibility, his movie awards, and his Nobel Prize into a personal fortune. When he ended his tenure as Vice President in 2001, his net worth was $2 million. By 2013 it exceeded $300 million.
Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, provided a series of graphic images showing the apocalyptic consequences that had been predicted if fossil fuels were to cause global warming to continue. Images included the melting of glaciers, dying polar bears, inundation of coastal cities by massive floods, cities wiped out by hurricanes and tornadoes, and food supplies wiped out by droughts. This compelling piece of propaganda played a major role in frightening an entire generation about the future and causing them to feel guilty about the role that they and their country were supposedly having in destroying our beautiful planet.
Since then, Americans are constantly being told that they should feel irresponsible for driving their cars or using energy to heat their homes or power their businesses. A rapid, massive conversion away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such and wind and solar, we are told, is the only hope for saving the planet.
Now, even children are depressed about the future as a result of a constant barrage of global warming propaganda that they receive at school. And they have become so brainwashed that they no longer dare question any statement made about climate change.
Yet, essentially everything in Gore’s climate change agenda is either wrong or highly misrepresented. As President Trump’s newly appointed Senior Scientist for the National Security Council, Dr. Happer needs to take the lid off the Pandora’s Box Gore created and use every means at his disposal to end what has effectively become the mythology of global warming.
Dr. Jay Lehr is the Science Director of The Heartland Institute which is based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition. Portions of this article have been excerpted with permission of the publisher and author of the 2018 book THE MYTHOLOGY OF GLOBAL WARMNG by Bruce Bunker, Ph.D., Publisher: Moonshine Cove.