Sunday, August 20, 2006

Gore Cracks the Conservative's Lies

The Conservative blogoshpere continues to rampantly spread the distorted and misleading lies of Peter Schweizer and his USA Today editorial Gore isn't quite as green as he's led the world to believe. In that piece, Mr. Schweizer, an employee of the ExxonMobil funded Hoover Institution, attempts to divert attention away from global warming and discredit Al Gore through a poorly crafted series of lies:

Lie #1: "Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property."

Gore receives no royalties from this mine, which was shut down in 2003. A correction has already run in the USA Today.

Lie #2: "So why, then, didn't Gore dump his family's large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum? As executor of his family's trust, over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oxy stock."
Al Gore has never owned stock in Occidental. However, his late father did, all of which was sold nearly 6 years ago. His mother also had a small number of shares which were also disposed by the trustee of her estate. Mr. Gore is not the trustee.

Lie #3: "Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist."

Al Gore has signed up for every green power option made available by his utility suppliers and had already begun adding photovoltaic solar panels to his home before Schweizer's baseless attack.

Lie #4: "And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)"

False again. The Gore's achieve their personal offsets independently through their own means, while the makers of An Inconvenient Truth provide leadership in neutralizing the carbon impact of the film.

In addition to these lies, the article utterly ignores the front line leadership demonstrated by both Mr. Gore and his business partners. An Inconvenient Truth, in both its film and book format, are the world's first carbon neutral projects in their respective genres. Gore's independent media company Current TV is committed to going carbon neutral, and the Gore co-founded Generation Investment Management offsets the carbon impact of their business operations and the travel and domestic emissions of all employees.

If there was ever a leader in climate and environmental issues it is Al Gore. Schweizer's piece, and the unquestioning support of it by conservative pundits, nakedly demonstrates their shared agenda - to mislead the public about global warming and vandalize the reputation of anyone who demonstrates the courage and integrity to speak the truth about climate change. This time they won't succeed.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Al Gore was raised on handouts from Armand Hammer . . . read Occidental Petroleum . . . so he sold his shares, so what.
Al has avoided debating Miller at junk science for 7 months . . . his movie is short on facts long on scare . . .
Of course if the Vancouver Lowermainland is under water in a decade I will take all this back . . . but 1 degree Farenheite increase in the last 100 years fails to alarm me.

Hangin to the left said...

"1 degree Farenheite increase in the last 100 years fails to alarm me."

Scientists are saying that a three degree change in the earth's temperature can cause alarming results. One degree is alot my friend.

"his movie is short on facts long on scare"

I disagree, I found that the movie had more science than propaganda. If you choose to take sides with think tanks sponsored by gas and oil companies, go ahead. I think Gore's motives are more honest than those of Exxon Mobil.

Odiyya said...

I agree, and I also think you need to read before commenting. Al Gore's father was a shareholder, not Al Gore. Peter Schweizer's article says that Al Gore was a shareholder in Occidental, but he never was. Therefore Schweizer writes falsehoods. He is a liar. That is "so what".

EX-NDIP said...

The only time I can remember that Al told the truth was in 1999 . . . when he said "Iraq is an imminant threat" . . . . of course Bill and Madeline Albright said the same thing!!!

Al's father was an arm's length benefactor of Occidental Petroleum . . . and a good friend of Armand Hammer . . . so hence Al grew up eating groceries bought by Uncle Armand . . .

The facts are polar bears are not disappearing they are just fine.
The facts are there is more ice thickness in Greenland now than there was last year . . . ditto for Antartica.
The facts are Hurricanes are not caused by GW, but by warm ocean currents and cold fronts.
The facts are when you make a highball, try this experiment, take a tall glass, add booze, a handful of ice, top of with pop . . . sit back and watch the glass overflow!!!!

1 degree in 100 years . . . so will it take 200 years to get to 3 degrees???? And if it does . . . so what!!!1000 years ago my relatives lived in Greenland, farmed and raised sheep . . . were they snowsheep???? Get informed folks . . . don't buy all the crap and scare stuff . . . the world has been much warmer than it is today, and has been much colder . . . its called weather . . . always changing . . . in 1975 the "experts" published in Time and Newsweek told us we had only 10 years left, we were heading for another ice age, within 10 years we would not be able to grow enough food . . . bullshit . . . been there done that . . . now the story starts again . . .

Mark Francis said...

Cite the source of your 'facts', ex-NDIP, and we'll have a go at it, okay?

MrvnMouse said...

Some more random "facts" by ex-NDIP

- Monkeys can do advanced calculus when fed coffee
- Astronauts took back 50000 metric tonnes of moon rock
- The sun is growing at a rate of 5% per year.
- Ever since Bush came to power the world economy has grown faster than at any other time in history.

Geez. Stephen Colbert is right, if your gut tells you it is true, then it must be true.

*rolls eyes*

MrvnMouse said...

As a note, the previous post was satire and not intended to be taken as real ex-NDIP quotes, even though you could actually ex-NDIP posting them. :)

Anonymous said...

Even if you dont believe in global warming; what would be so bad about being more efficient? Having better air quality for your kids? Not having to pay over 3 bucks for a gallon of gas? Generating your own electricity at home and telling the power company where to stick the bill?

The steps we should take to counter global warming are hardly a hardship if they save the average consumer money. The only people they are hard on are the oil and power and car companies....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous wrote:

"Al Gore was raised on handouts from Armand Hammer . . . read Occidental Petroleum"

In your fantasyworld but not in reality. Gore was not raised on handouts from Armand Hammer. Gore's father came from a poor family and did not become rich until after he left the senate in 1971.
Why do you think they rented a two-bedroom apartment instead of buying a house in Washington or Virginia?
The hotel -- which contrary to the, Republican and media spin, back in the 50s and 60s was NOT fancy at all, it was an average family hotel -- was owned by Gore Sr's cousin therefore the Gores got a break on the rent fee. Gore Jr and his sister had to share one room even though his siter was much older. That's what you get I guess when you are "raised on handouts from Armand Hammer ".

Gore Sr went to Occidental's board only after his defeat in 1970. By that time Gore Jr was an adult and made his own living as a journalist first in the military then at the Nashville Tennessean. Needless to say that hardly made him wealthy. Gore Jr had little do to with Armand Hammer -- who otherwise was pardoned by Bush Sr.

And Gore Jr did not own ANY stock while he was in elected office because he wanted to avoid any charge of conflict of interest.

Please could you show me documents which prove that Gore Sr got huge sums of money from Armand Hammer and that money was used to raise Al Gore Jr?

"Al has avoided debating Miller at junk science for 7 months ."

You don't debate with idiots. It would be like debating with Mike Ruppert about 9/11. Junkscience is full of junk collected by a right-wing non-scientist who knows nothing about climatology.
By the same token you could say that Gore avoided debating every single anti-science nutcase who claims that man-made global warming is a myth. That would be millions of people worldwide. Would you tell me how Gore could find a time to debate with each and every one of them?

"his movie is short on facts long on scare . . ."

Because you say so? If you can refute the points he makes in the movie do it but with peer-reviewed scientific papers not with
soundbites which mean nothing.

"Of course if the Vancouver Lowermainland is under water in a decade I will take all this back ."

Gore didn't say that Vancouver Lowermainland will be under water in a decade. Strawman.

"but 1 degree Farenheite increase in the last 100 years fails to alarm me."

Another strawman. Gore didn't say that we should reduce GHG emission because the Earth has warmed 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last 100 years. He says that we should reduce it to prevent further increase in global tempretures. This is not his personal opinion but that of the vast majority of climatologists in the world -- even if you and Miller do not like that.

Anonymous said...

Hangin to the left wrote

"I think Gore's motives are more honest than those of Exxon Mobil."

Not the least because Gore does not benefit in any way from talking about this issue.
Not financially and not politically, thanks to assholes like the Miller-fan anonymous.
Quite to the contrary. The topic of global warming only hurt Gore's political career, it did not help him in any way. And he has known that for a long time but he still have done it.

Anyone who questions his motives should answer exactly how Gore has benefited from doing this.

cafesoiree said...

So, you think Al Gore had a say so over what eat ate as a child? How can that even be an argument of his integrity or intentions... that's just plain silly.
Educating ourselves on how to save money (finding ways to utilize and recycle waste and garbage), be healthy and live in cleaner, greener surroundings is a part of global and personal evolution..how anyone can object that blows me away.

cafesoiree said...

So, Al Gore was raised on handouts as a child...that's supposed to tarnish his intentions or integrity as an adult? Just silly!Was he supposed picket and debate over where his food and clothing came from?

Gore AND the movie educates and raises awareness to the eco issues.
There is NO HARM in educating ourselves to become more resourceful. Saving money, reusing/recycling waste and garbage, being healthier and living in greener, more sustainable surroundings. Isn't it common sense that these are GOOD things? The human race is supposed to be naturally inclined to learn and seek ways to constantly evolve. It's about global and personal evolution and responsibility...it's a sad thought to think someone doesn't want to find ways to improve.

Anonymous said...

cafesoiree wrote:

"So, Al Gore was raised on handouts as a child...that's supposed to tarnish his intentions or integrity as an adult? "

I agree with you that that argument doesn't make any sense but let's stick to the facts. Gore was NOT raised on handouts as a child.
His family's money came from Gore Sr's salary and farming. Hardly the lifestyle of Bill Gates -- or even Bush Jr, who unlike Gore, was in fact born in a wealthy, elitist family.
Gore Jr never made serious money either as a journalist, Congressman, Senator or Vice President. He is wealthy now because he got the Apple and Google boom early on and started two profitable companies. I.e. he is a good investor and a good businessman. Something that Bush is not, if you take a look at his record. The wingers hate that and since they cannot refute it they just rewrite Gore's personal history and lie about him like other people breath. How convenient.

Anonymous said...

EX-NDIP wrote:

"The only time I can remember that Al told the truth was in 1999 . . . when he said "Iraq is an imminant threat" "

This just shows that you have an amazingly shitty memory or that you didn't pay attention to Gore anyway. But then why on earth do you talk about him?
Dangerously ignorant people should just shut up, otherwise they will look like a compete fool. Just look at Bush.

When and where did Gore say that "Iraq is an imminent threat"? Source?
In 1998 before or during Operation Desert Fox? That was BEFORE the IAEA concluded that Iraq's nuclear program was dead.
You will not find a single quote from Gore after ODF that "Iraq is an imminent threat". Your lies are ridiculous.

" of course Bill and Madeline Albright said the same thing!!!"

Really? When and where? Source? Or you just pulled this out of your ass?

"Al's father was an arm's length benefactor of Occidental Petroleum"


And Bush's father was "an arm's length benefactor" of this grandfather's money which came from business with the Nazis.
Therefore we have to blame Bush Jr. I guess that's your logic.

" . . and a good friend of Armand Hammer . . . so hence Al grew up eating groceries bought by Uncle Armand . . ."

No, not hence. Just because someone is your friend does not mean that he gives you a bunch of money.
Show me the documents which prove that Armand Hammer gave money to Gore Sr and that money was used to raise Gore Jr.
If you don't have such evidence just shut up. Noone needs yet another liar wingnut.

"The facts are polar bears are not disappearing they are just fine."

No, that's not a fact. That's your fantasy.


"The facts are there is more ice thickness in Greenland now than there was last year . . . ditto for Antartica."

No that's not a fact that's your fantasy.

"The facts are Hurricanes are not caused by GW, but by warm ocean currents and cold fronts."

Strawman. Noone said that hurricanes are CAUSED by GW.
GW is responsible for making tropical storms STRONGER, as high sea-surface tempreture fuels hurricanes.


"The facts are when you make a highball, try this experiment, take a tall glass, add booze, a handful of ice, top of with pop . . . sit back and watch the glass overflow!!!!"

The issue is not sea ice but ice on land. Jesus! And you will teach Gore about facts? Go back to school.

"1 degree in 100 years . . . so will it take 200 years to get to 3 degrees????"

Strawman. Noone said that. The warming has not been and will not be linear.

" And if it does . . . so what!!!"

So what if the Greenland icesheet melts? What if middle America will become a desert? What if heatwaves will become the norm not the exception? Indeed so what?
You are crazy.

"1000 years ago my relatives lived in Greenland, farmed and raised sheep . . . were they snowsheep???? "

They are still farming and raising sheep on Greeland. Which planet are you living on?
But 1000 years ago there were no 6 billion people living on Earth. Especially not in the coastal areas.
And 1000 years ago global tempretures were lower than they are today and will be if nothing is done.

"Get informed folks . . . don't buy all the crap and scare stuff ."

Yes, get informed. Take your own advise and stop believing crap.
Apparently you are incapable of understading anything more complex than a sounbite which you hear here and there. Climatology is not about soundbites. It's not a Bush speech, you know?

"the world has been much warmer than it is today, and has been much colder ."

When? And how many people lived then? And how many people died as a result of abrupt climate change in the past?
Many. But of course you don't care until you can drive you boor SUV to the next church on the corner.

". . its called weather . . . always changing . . . "

No it's not called weather. It's called climate. The two are not one and the same.
And noone said that climate was always the same before you became addicted to gasoline. Yet another strawman from your incredible mind.

" in 1975 the "experts" published in Time and Newsweek told us we had only 10 years left, w"

Yeah go an inform yourself. How many "experts" believed in 1975 that we just had 10 years before the next ice age?
Would you give us a number?
Let's just compare that to the number of climatologists who believe today that CO2 emission should be reduced to avoid
catastrophic global warming.

Time and Newsweek are not peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Read what those articles were all about:

They Predicted Cooling in the 1970's
http://illconsidered.blogspot.com/2006/02/they-predicted-cooling-in-1970s.html

" been there done that . . . now the story starts again . . ."

No, it's not that story. And everyone with a brain can see that. Which means you can't.

Anonymous said...

Anynymous said... " but 1 degree Farenheite increase in the last 100 years fails to alarm me."

It doesn't alarm you because you don't understand the implications. First of all we are talking global averages. Not LOCAL - that in itself makes an enormous difference.

to give you an idea... between the last ice age... and today the difference in the global average temperature was only roughly 12degree F.

Locally 60 to 72 degrees... not much difference, maybe just take off your sweater and break out the flip flops.
but that difference on AVERAGE FOR THE WHOLE earth equates to an ICE AGE or a very warm period.

... starting to get it now??

Add to the fact that this rate of warming is going to increase... you know "happen faster & faster" is extremely worrying.

As far as being short on facts - pray tell how do you define a fact?! please indulge me, I am really curious. The presentation his movie is based on is chock full of facts.

your post highlights the failings of our education system.

Jan said...

I too have been fighting this smear from the beginning and writing letters to newspapers that carry this. However, even though you responded on my blog @http://progressivesforgore.blogspot.com to thank me for doing so, you failed to even mention that I too have been out here virtually alone responding to this latest attack and much more in your Daily Kos diary, where you mentioned there had been little response. I responded the very next day, and will continue to do so, even if it isn't appreciated.
Thanks.

timethief said...

Thank you so much for writing this well researched article concerning the smear campaign being conducted against Al Gore. Your information does set the record straight. Thank you also for your patient and balanced responses to your commenters. In the blogging world there are a vocal minority who make brash and unsubstantiated statements reminiscent of the same smear tactics that prompted your article, therefore, listening to a voice of sanity and reason is always appreciated. Best regards.

media girl said...

I think one thing is clear: The nutters are terrified of Al Gore. How ironic, since they really should be concerned about global warming. If we want to talk metaphors, they're the braying asses.

Odiyya said...

Jan,

The point of my postings wasn't to publish and exhaustive list of people who supported Gore through this issue. Though such a recognition would be a noble effort, I've read and commented on a good number of sites that spoke out in support of Mr. Gore and to name them all would have been impossible, and most importantly, beside the point.

The issue I've been driving at is that right wing has the model and the infrastructure to churn out lockstep propaganda in unbelievable quantity, and the power of that machinery is dwarfing the efforts of you, me and the countless other progressives fighting the good fight.

My point was that in order to make headway against that machinery we need to explore ways of synching our efforts and responding in the same uniform voice as the right does. Blackstar offered the great suggestion of having an front page action board at Kos in the comments to my post there. This is the sort of debate i hoped to generate. If any of my postings left a different impression than that, then that is unfortunate because this was the simple truth of my message.

Anonymous said...

Got to love the FUD spinners, come here with their lies and half truths with no data to back them up.

And you think you're fooling who exactly? Smearing people (Gore) with outright lies is a typical dirty trick used by the radical conservative republicans in this country.

Can't wait until the mid-term elections.

brainsnorts said...

let's pretend it's true that al gore's film really is "short on facts and long on scare." then, one important question must be asked. "why?" why would al gore lie? what does he stand to gain? don't say it's for the money, because there are far better ways that need less effort to make more money than a film about the environment.

this leads to a second idea, which i call "the better mistake." it's not a black and white issue, but let's pretend that either gore is totally right or totally wrong. that leaves two options, one of which is a mistake. first mistake, to heed gore's call and make the necessary changes to save a planet that doesn't need saving. second mistake, to sit back and do nothing and further the problem when the planet actually DOES need saving. given the choice of the two mistakes, i'd rather make the first one. take the steps that are not needed because it certainly isn't going to make matters worse. i'm standing on train tracks that are supposed to be abandoned. i hear a horn. it might be a train, or it might be a truck on the nearby highway. if i have to make one mistake, i'm getting off the tracks when i don't really need to.

Anonymous said...

Al still controls the family trust which is FULL of OCCIDENTAL shares

Odiyya said...

uhhhh, no he doesn't, if you're going to make random assertions provide some new evidence other than your 'anonymous' heresay and stop pulling stuff out of the sky like a republican.

David said...

LOL
I used to be a Republican, but am an independent because of comments like the one above. Nice comeback.

Oh wait, I haven't changed it officially yet. My voter card still says Elephant in the Closet. Frack, frack, frack, "Jane get me off this crazy thing."

I am re-reading my Argumentation text book from college for things like this. If the Right Wing, and the large corporations keep throwing out the arguments I'm reading on this post, Al Gore and the rest of us won't have much of a problem debating the issue...as long as we, as a human population get our heads out of the sand. Thanks to Al, and others like him (like you) it's happening. And it's urgent.

As an ex-republican, I for one, say, "Thank you Al."

oldtree said...

I been hanging around 64 yrs
I have always wanted to see the sites my grandfathers talked about.they were born around 1865, lived in central kentucky.

SNOW and ICE piled and frozen over the rail fences, the live stock would walk out of the fields. must have been a beautiful site.