Here’s something that took me completely by surprise. In the most recent edition of The Nation, columnist Alexander Cockburn did a left wing smack down of Gore and the entire Global Warming solutions and carbon business model.
The article, titled “Who Are the Merchants of Fear?” Lobs some heavy artillery in the direction of the Goreacle. Here’s a few excerpts:
“These are multibillion-dollar computer modeling bureaucracies as intent on self-preservation and budgetary enhancement as cognate nuclear bureaucracies at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos. They are as unlikely to develop models refuting the hypothesis of human-induced global warming as is the IPCC to say the weather is getting a little bit warmer but there’s no great cause for alarm. Threat inflation is their business.”
And about Gore:
“The world’s best-known hysteric and self-promoter on the topic of man’s physical and moral responsibility for global warming is Al Gore, a shill for the nuclear and coal barons from the first day he stepped into Congress entrusted with the sacred duty to protect the budgetary and regulatory interests of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Oak Ridge National Lab. […] As a denizen of Washington since his diaper years, Gore has always understood that threat inflation is the surest tool to plump budgets and rouse voters.”
And this quote:
“…Richard Kerr, Science’s man on global warming, remarked, “Climate modelers have been ‘cheating’ for so long it’s almost become respectable.”
For those of you that don’t know this journal, The Nation is quite to the left. For example, on their main page today, you can find a web poll on “Who most deserves to be impeached?” (Bush Cheney, or Gonzales)
When such a clearly left and prominent journal starts taking shots at Gore, the IPCC, and climate modelers like James Hansen as the article written by Cockburn does, you have to wonder if the whole house of cards isn’t about to start falling down.