Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Liberalism, Progressivism
There is an awkward effect whenever Al Gore speaks on “global warming” or “climate change” that we have come to call “The Gore Effect”. Mother Nature doesn’t like being fooled, or trifled with, for that matter. It freezes, it snows, the weather turns frigid, and the Nobel Peace Prize winner is made to look, well, silly. Mr. Gore speaks to Congress tomorrow in a snowy, frigid Washington D.C.
Dr. Roy Spencer enumerates some of the propaganda techniques used by the former Vice President to sell his notion of a global warming Armageddon. Quotes are from Al Gore.
Appeal to fear: Appeals to fear seek to build support by instilling anxieties and panic in the general population.
“I want to testify today about what I believe is a planetary emergency — a crisis that threatens the survival of our civilization and the habitability of the Earth”
Flag-Waving: An attempt to justify an action on the grounds that doing so will make one more patriotic, or in some way benefit a group, country, or idea. Also Inevitable victory invites those not already on the bandwagon to join those already on the road to certain victory . Those already or at least partially on the bandwagon are reassured that staying aboard is their best course of action.
“After all, we have taken on problems of this scope before. When England and then America and our allies rose to meet the threat of global Fascism, together we won two wars simultaneously in Europe and the Pacific.”
Black-and-White fallacy: Presenting only two choices, with the product or idea being propagated as the better choice.
“It is not a question of left vs. right; it is a question of right vs. wrong.” (June 21, 2006, London, England).
Dr. Spencer’s complete list of propaganda techniques used by Mr. Gore is available here. Dr. Spencer’s global temperature monitoring work with satellites is on the cutting edge of climate science. He notes that his work has been entirely supported by U.S. government agencies, and he has never been asked by any petroleum company to perform any service. Not even Exxon-Mobil.