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Raked Over Coal October 12, 2008

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Raked Over Coal

From INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY, September 26, 2008

Climate Change: Al Gore has rightly been scolded for encouraging civil disobedience to stop global warming. But his little-noticed follow-up statement might be even more foolish — and dangerous.

When it comes to sheer crackpottery on environmental issues, no national figure can measure up to the lofty standard set by the former Tennessee senator and vice president. This is a man who is leading a caravan of humming hybrid drivers to nowhere and is willing to criminalize those who disagree with him to get there.

While speaking Wednesday in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative, Gore told young people “looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now” that “it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration.”

After fomenting crimes against property and obstruction of commerce through “rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants,” a strategy he advocated last year, Gore encouraged law enforcement officials to investigate a group of energy companies that he has singled out for punishment.

“I believe for a carbon company to spend money convincing the stock-buying public that the risk from the global climate crisis is not that great represents a form of stock fraud because they are misrepresenting a material fact,” said Gore, who failed upward into a Nobel Prize.

“I hope these state attorneys general around the country will take some action on that.”

What kind of economy would we have if attorneys general investigated every company that Gore and the environmental movement believe contributes to a “global climate crisis,” the definition of which the eco-warriors are reserving for themselves? We would become sclerotic, as the flow of capital needed for energy development is choked off and energy supplies grow scarcer.

At Wednesday’s conference, Gore, ever the alarmist, lamented that the battle against global warming is “losing badly” and claimed that an increase in tropical diseases and an upswing in severe hurricane activity are evidence.

Both claims are false, but there is an effort that is “losing badly,” and that is his campaign to frighten the world into thinking the Earth is rolling downhill toward environmental cataclysm. The public, at least in this country, is beginning to understand the fraudulent nature of the climate-change scare and is refocusing its attention on issues that matter.

This is marginalizing Gore, and that’s a shock to his ego. Expect his global warming claims and solutions to grow loopier and more extreme as he desperately — and bitterly — tries to cling to his waning, and almost wholly undeserved, relevance.

http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=307321965592638

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