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Al Gore lecturing

Al Gore lecturing

Sometimes called the Goracle, Al Gore has impacted the area of climate change more than any other politician. In 2006, he released a film “An Inconvenient Truth” which later won two academy awards for Best Documentary Feature and for Best Original Song. The film was incredibly influential despite numerous scientific errors. He also recently published a book, Our Choice, which has not had nearly the same reception as his previous writings. Al Gore is often criticized for his adamant refusal to debate anyone on the science of climate change, and for his repeated claims that ‘the debate is over‘, ‘the science is settled‘ and the scientific community has reached a ‘consensus‘.


Quotes

  • “The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is over! There’s no longer any debate in the scientific community about this. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm’s length because it’s an inconvenient truth, because they don’t want to accept that it’s a moral imperative.”
  • If we did not take action to solve this crisis, it could indeed threaten the future of human civilization. That sounds shrill. It sounds hard to accept. I believe it’s deadly accurate. But again, we can solve it.”
  • There are many who still do not believe that global warming is a problem at all. And it’s no wonder: because they are the targets of a massive and well-organized campaign of disinformation lavishly funded by polluters who are determined to prevent any action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming out of a fear that their profits might be affected if they had to stop dumping so much pollution into the atmosphere.”
  • “The global environment crisis is, as we say in Tennessee, real as rain, and I cannot stand the thought of leaving my children with adegraded earth and a diminished future.
  • Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.Source
  • 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, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” Source
  • “So, the fact that the ocean temperatures did go up because of global warming, because of man-made global warming, starting around in the seventies and then we had a string of unusually strong hurricanes outside the boundaries of this multi-decadal cycle that is a real factor; there are scientists who point that out, and they’re right, but we’re exceeding those boundaries now.”
  • “The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk. And even more — if more should be required — the future of human civilization is at stake.”
  • We must now lift our nation to reach another goal that will change history. Our entire civilization depends upon us now embarking on a new journey of exploration and discovery. Our success depends on our willingness as a people to undertake this journey and to complete it within 10 years.

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Votes

While Gore has been out of the Senate too long to have voted on or sponsored any climate change legislation, he has testified to Congress several times on the devastating effects of climate change.


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