Al Gore is at it again, telling the Climate Summit of the Americas that fighting climate change will be good for the economy and our current weather is like a nature hike through the book of Revelation.
Maybe he massaged his message a little bit. Turnabout is fair play.
Gore denounced the use of the planet’s atmosphere as an “open sewer.” He also revived the story that “From 2006 to 2010, [Syria] had a climate-related drought that killed destroyed 60 per cent of their farms and killed 80 per cent of their livestock,” describing the country as “the gates of hell.” He also helpfully noted that Germany recorded its highest temperature ever on July 8 of this year. Does that make Germany the gates of heck?
Are we treating our atmosphere as an open sewer? “Air pollution levels in developed countries have been decreasing dramatically in recent decades. However, in developing countries and in countries in transition, air pollution levels are still at relatively high levels, though the levels have been gradually decreasing or have remained stable during rapid economic development.” So, umm, no. Developing countries have a lot yet to do, but they are doing it.
Was Syria’s drought caused by climate (I have to assume he means climate change, but with Al Gore you just never know)? Or did the fact that the population doubled in 25 years mean demand for water grew but supply instead decreased, as Turkish dams withheld water from Syria? Did the 88% of Syrian consumption suffer because of climate change or because of heavy water pollution?
Human caused climate change is at most 70 years old. “The world’s earliest documented water war happened 4,500 years ago, when the armies of Lagash and Umma, city-states near the junction of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, battled with spears and chariots after Umma’s king drained an irrigation canal leading from the Tigris. “Enannatum, ruler of Lagash, went into battle,” reads an account carved into an ancient stone cylinder, and “left behind 60 soldiers [dead] on the bank of the canal.”
Syria may be a gate of hell. But it may be because of decades of autocratic government and large-scale mismanagement rather than human contributions to drought, a phenomenon that has plagued all of the Middle East for thousands of years.
Germany had hot temperatures on July 8. But… ” The heat wave blanketing wide parts of Europe has pushed temperatures in Germany to their highest since record keeping began in 1881.” I guess it means on how you define ever.’ “Germany’s all-time heat record was toppled July 5 in Kitzingen, topping out at 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit), according to Weather Underground’s Dr. Jeff Masters.”
However, Wikipedia cites much higher temperatures in the past for Germany, with some states setting their high temperature record as far back as 1929 and several others in 1940, and all of these highs much higher than 104.5F.
So, yeah, sure I’ll believe that fighting climate change will be good for the economy. Look. I support renewable energy. I want solar on every roof. I even want solar on every wall. And I want that to mitigate climate change.
But it’s going to cost more money than our current coal and natural gas generation. The same way that a Tesla or a Prius are more expensive than comparable cars running on fossil fuels.
There are other reasons than price to buy a car. There are other reasons than price to choose a fuel for generating electricity.
But lying to people about it, lying to people about everything, isn’t going to help bring about the change we need.