Saturday, July 08, 2006

Algore's attracted to falsehood like a magnet

A Canadian runs through some of Algore's latest whoppers.
"The election in Canada was partly about the tarsands projects in Alberta," Gore told a crowd at the Sundance film festival in Utah. "The financial interests behind the tarsands poured a lot of money and support behind an ultra-conservative leader in order to win the election ... and to protect their interests."

Apparently Gore was unaware that Canadian election law caps company donations at $1,000 a year, or that natural resources are controlled by provincial governments and not the feds. But why let facts get in the way of a good smear?

This week he was at it again, using an interview with Rolling Stone magazine to suggest development of the oilsands is "truly nuts" - equivalent to a junkie looking for a fix. "They have to tear up four tonnes of landscape, all for one barrel of oil," moaned Gore. "It seems reasonable, to them, because they've lost sight of their lives."

Gore also has a Michael Moore-style movie out -- An Inconvenient Truth - that tries to dramatize the eye-glazing greenhouse gas slide-show presentation that the former Veep has been boring audiences with for two decades (I have had the misfortune to sit through it twice).

Among Gore's more outrageous nose-stretchers in the film is the claim that scientists agree global warming could produce a 20-foot rise in sea level. A 2005 joint statement by the science academies of the Western nations, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, actually estimates a worst-case scenario of 35 inches.

But, again, why bother with facts when you're on a crusade?

Gore ignores the reality that the countries that signed Kyoto, including Canada, have thus far committed a gargantuan $150 billion to hypothetically reduce the average global temperature by 0.0015 degrees Celsius. At that rate it would take around 665 years and $100 trillion to reduce it by one full degree Celsius. (Numbers courtesy of, and official government data.)


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