Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The truth must not be restricted by copyright

For my sins, I check out extreme blogs such as Just Some Poor Schmuck - "The More People I Meet, The More I Like Nuclear Weapons", and noticed this allegation:
GORE: CIGARETTE SMOKING 'SIGNIFICANT' CONTRIBUTOR TO GLOBAL WARMING

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore warned hundreds of U.N. diplomats and staff on Thursday evening about the perils of climate change, claiming: Cigarette smoking is a "significant contributor to global warming!"

Gore is quickly sinking into self-parody. Who're his handlers, the South Park guys?

Did he start going on about "Manbearpig" as well?
It was echoed everywhere on the interweb, and appears to be sourced from Newsmax.

For some reason, this joke caught the imagination of the wingnuts because it fits their level of comprehension. Setting aside what is already known of their contempt for facts, it's possible what was actually said was something along the lines of: "the tobacco lobby was a significant contributor of money to the global warming denial industry," for which there is plenty of evidence.

I tracked down the lecture schedule:
As part of the Secretary-General's Lecture Series, former United States Vice-President Mr. Al Gore, will sepak on the topic of global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth".

The Secretary-General hosts this lecture series on topics at the forefront of the humanities and natural sciences, as part of a continuing effort to create a strengthened framework for dialogue and mutual understanding within the United Nations community.

All accredited journalists are welcome to attend.There will be a still camera photo-spray at the start of the event, however; for reasons of copyright, the event can not be recorded for television.
And the press release afterward:
"We have to change everything in the way we go about burning energy, designing products and going about the architecture of buildings," Mr. Gore said. "With the new tools coming out of the information revolution," he added, "we can shift our economies away from the massive flows of waste that are themselves mainly responsible for this problem."
I've also found a couple of discussions here and here about the allegation.

But there is no on-line recording of the Question and Answer session with which to prove -- not just suspect -- that Mr Schmuck's claim is a lie.

The Myron Ebell Climate has been forced to draft a letter on a dead tree to the father of the internet who does not have an email contact to point out that if he insists on keeping the facts off-line, then we'll be left standing in a windswept plain of lies forever.

In order for us to stand a chance, the truth should be at least as accessible as the lies. That means if the CEI can distribute its lies about AIN for free, then there should be enough of the contents of AIN available to neutralize it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jack Hughes said...

What is Al Gore's snail-mail address? I'd like to contact him about this as well.

10:36 PM, October 09, 2006 Permanent link to this entry  
Blogger goatchurch said...

The link I got through a search was: algore support centre.

Sorry about the picture there, nothing to do with me. The address is Honorable Al Gore, 2100 West End Avenue, Suite 620, Nashville, TN 37203.

This checks out from Google Answers and a response published on Jewish vegetarians. The trick is to search on the address.

It's deeply moronic for a politician not to have an email address these days. The Members of Parliament in England don't have email addresses either, so a group set up a web-interface for a faxing system for them.

There's no reason a trusted organization couldn't do the same for a selection of national politicians in the US -- a democracy promoting service to turn internet postings into paper delivered mail to overcome crap like this.

2:08 AM, October 10, 2006 Permanent link to this entry  

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