Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Iron Maiden Can Teach Us a Lot About How Al Gore's Own Rhetoric Actually Proves That Belief in Man-Made Global Warming Is a Religion

It can't be all coincidence
Too many things are evident
You tell me "you're an unbeliever!"
Spiritualist? Well me - I'm neither
But wouldn't you like to know
The truth
Of what's out there, to have the proof
And find out just which side
You're on? --Iron Maiden

(That's from one of the best IM tunes IMHO.)

The Church of Global Warming Mass was held in Seattle this week:

Environmental policy took center stage in this year's congressional races on Tuesday, with candidates for U.S. Senate holding dueling news conferences across the state and former Vice President Al Gore expressing incredulity at Republican Rep. Dave Reichert's views on global warming.

At a Seattle University conference room, Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell - flanked by Gore and Reichert's Democratic challenger, Darcy Burner - cited her legislation to end subsidies to oil companies and refocus energy policy on alternative fuels.

"We want to get on with this revolution," she said.

When visiting Seattle last week, I was subjected to approximately 34,957 hours of Burner TV ads. I can say withouequivocationon that she makes Patty Wetterling looks substantive, Keith Ellison look jolly, and Colleen Rowley look sane. If Washington sends this mirthless harpie to Congress she will be an embarrassment to anyone represented by a Congressperson.

Have your revolution without me, ballsack.

But be that as it may, let's skip down to the fun part:

Most of the laughs from the crowd of about 100 students and alternative energy entrepreneurs at the Seattle University event came when Gore talked about Reichert's beliefs about global warming.

Whoa! You mean there's money in this whole greenhouse gas-caused global warming thing? Who knew? Next, you'll be telling me that there are scores and scores of scientists who are getting gi-normous private and government grants to research human-caused climate change and the "remedies" for it! You silly goose!

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, who introduced the speakers, said Reichert doesn't think climate change is caused by humans.

"Did he say that?" interrupted Gore, whose film about global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," grossed $23.7 million. "He's not sure it's caused by humans?"

"He's not convinced that it's caused by human beings," responded Nickels.

"C'mon! And this man is a United States congressman?" asked Gore. "You know, 15 percent of people believe the moon landing was staged on some movie lot and a somewhat smaller number still believe the Earth is flat. They get together on Saturday night and party with the global-warming deniers."

You tell me "you're an unbeliever!" A flat-earther?

Well me, I'm neither.

Is it heresy to point out that there is empirical proof that the earth is round and that man has walked on the moon? That their proof is...what? That temperatures and carbon gas levels have risen dramatically since more accurate technology has been made available to measure temperature and and carbon gas levels? More intense hurricane seasons?

Well, that was last year. This year, you will note that the number of lefty bloggers hailing the latest tropical storm to form with tongue-clucking smugness is way way down.

It's faith. A hypothesis. Not even theory. Its the transposition of correlation and causation. The earth is 4.5 billion years old. It has warmed, cooled, and warmed again throughout that history. It has been witness to magnificent and horrific meteorlogical and geological upheavals. It has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

Oops. Kind of slid off into a Field of Dreams quote there. Sorry 'bout that. But you get the point.

It's simple really. Look at the rhetoric surrounding the subject. "She doesn't believe in global warming." "I believe that carbon loading of the atmosphere is going to cause the ice caps to melt!" "He's a denier."

I always thought that science was of the realm of thought, not belief; the search for fact rather than truth. But the language used by the shills (admittedly almost all non-scientists) tends to highlight their agenda far more than their intellect.

When people like that famous Journalism student and law and divinity school dropout Al Gore start lecturing as though they're experts on historical climate science, it's best to just treat them like like that nut job on the corner of 15th and University who keeps telling you the end is nigh. Just nod slowly and smile; and try to avoid making eye contact.

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