"Gore believed in global warming almost as much as Hitler believed there was something wrong with the Jews, " hurricane specialist Bill Gray said, according to The Washington Post Magazine of May 28.
"You don 't go see Joseph Goebbels ' films to see the truth about Nazi Germany, " said Sterling Burnett on Fox News, May 23, referring to Hitler 's minister of propaganda. "You don 't go see Al Gore's films to see the truth about global warming. "
Now that you mention it ...
The science is in, more or less, it 's past time to act.
Science magazine conducted a survey of all articles on climate change that ran in peer-reviewed science journals between 1993 and 2003, and found that over 99 percent of them concluded global warming is real and that it bears man 's fingerprint. "Peer-reviewed " means other scientists examined the methods and conclusions presented in the articles and signed off on their integrity. Think about that ye deniers of global warming.
It 's a shameful fact of our times that most articles in the popular media --media not peer-reviewed by scientists --suggest there 's still significant doubt about the reality of climate change, Gore said on a recent Public Radio appearance. It 's as if Fox News and the Wall Street Journal were still giving equal time to both the Flat Earth Society and true science organizations.
Yes, the science is basically in. The Earth is basically round, and this beautiful world is basically in trouble. Coral reefs are dying. Glaciers are melting. Hurricanes are intensifying. Species are perishing. Many cultures and communities are imperiled. Several studies suggest we're rapidly reaching a point of no return.
The process of global warming isn 't uniform. Yes, it 's likely tied to sunspots. Yes, it 's cyclical. Yes, anomalies persist. Volcanic eruptions and other things disrupt warming trends from time to time. But after adjusting for all those factors, the overwhelming number of scientists who seriously study the process say mankind is changing our world 's climate by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Anyone who cares to know the truth about this, knows it already--save for a few scientists on the fringe and a long shameful list of polluters and sympathizers --many funded by Exxon-Mobil and others who 've deliberately nurtured a state of confusion about this central tragedy of our time. History will harshly judge those who sold out the planet for a pocket full of gold, political power or simply to remain smug in their sense of American entitlement. History will remember just who tore solar panels off the White House, who derided Gore as "Ozone Man, " who censored government scientists, who placed foxes in charge of henhouses, who scuttled mileage standards for big cars, who distracted the public with eye candy and "reality programming " and fear-mongering about gays and the United Nations when we might 've built a consensus for tackling real problems.
On the other hand, history will remember Al Gore in the same breath as Carl Sagan, J.E. Lovelock, Svante Arrhenius, Roger Revelle and other prophets who cried out from the melting mountaintops that something is going wrong with the planet. Those who deny their truth will hold a shameful place in future history, for they imperil the world.
Please, don 't be a party to it.