Al Gore Criticises Obama's Administration On Climate Change

Al Gore Criticises Obama's Administration On Climate Change

Six years after his groundbreaking documentary, Gore says, "Things are worse".


Writing in Rolling Stone this month, our Environmentalist-in-Chief seeks to bring the American public current on climate change, economic and political instability, and the propaganda wars surrounding the national debate. The distinction that Gore makes throughout his 7,000 word article is that there are two major factions at war, which he distinguishes as "Science and Reason" protagonist and the "Polluters and Idealogues" antagonist. The referee in this scenario is "new media", and similar to a professional wrestling match, the ref always seems to be looking the other way when the antagonist flagrantly breaks a rule (say, clubbing the protagonist with a folding chair), but throws a flag for the slightest infraction on the part of the protagonist.

     In this case, the news media is either too frightened of controversy or too greedy for ratings (or both) to call the right-wing climate change doubters' agenda what it is, flagrant pseudo-science in service of major companies whose cost of business has incredible environmental impacts. Science and reason, on the other hand, is the 98% of climate scientists from around the world, large and small, that agree on the present state of our global climate and the potential impacts on our environment, economies, political systems, and even the basic structure of our societies. While these two groups battle, the news media plays an enabling parent, encouraging the right-wing doubters to present their side of the case, and crying foul whenever the left seems to fudge. Gore points out the media backlash when it was found that in a 3,000 page report by the International Panel on Climate Change, that there had been some mistakes made. What about the fact that the report, the scientists came out later to say, was almost entirely doctored by governmental officials anyway. Almost all of these scientists created a different panel to release a new report that told the truth, but by that time the referee was looking away and it was largely ignored.

     Near the end of his treatise on the present state of climate change in our narrative, Fore points to Obama's complicity in it. When President Obama first took office he passed a stimulus with environmental add-ons, including EPA regulations and car companies taking bailouts needed to make more fuel-efficient cars. However, after the President's first six months came a series of let-downs. After passing the green stimulus package he did nothing to stop the Congress from defunding it. When the House passed cap-and-trade Obama didn't push the Senate to pass it also. His handling of the Gulf oil spill, which will lead to the largest oceanic dead zone in recorded history this summer, made concessions to oil and gas companies without asking for anything in return. In fact, he has expanded drilling domestically, which Gore attributes to, "attempting to defuse criticism from those who argue speciously that "drill, baby, drill" is the answer to our growing dependence on foreign oil." Finally Gore points to the failure of the Copenhagen Summit to bring a U.N. resolution to solve climate change. There was a lot of hype around it, but ultimately Obama had not changed the environmental policies of the Bush administration. Gore characterized the summit as going from "breakthrough" to "embarassment".

     The year between the summer of 2010 and 2011 is host to some of the most devastating environmental disasters in recorded history. From flooding to droughts (sometimes in the same area) to weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and extreme heat; many of the so-called "100 year" events are now coming little more than 5 to 6 years apart. It is the environment that drives our economies, from food production to resource availability we depend on the ecological stability of production to protect our economies. If there's a major flood, earthquake, or other natural disaster we immediately see a disruption in the stock market, which inevitably trickles down to main street in the form of higher commodity prices like oil and food. For those individuals that doubt the effects of global warming, the future that those "left-wing extremists" and "radical environmentalists" have been describing is now here.

     As Gore writes in his editorial, "The scientific consensus is far stronger today than at any time in the past. Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act."