Caring for our planet came to public consciousness during the Psychedelic ’60s. Terms like “ecology” entered the mainstream dialog. Rachel Carson had outlined the dangers of pesticide runoff in her best-selling 1962 book “Silent Spring.” A national ban on DDT for agricultural uses resulted, as did an environmental movement that spawned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Air and Water Acts.
During the 1960s, many hippies went “off the grid” to reduce their dependency on Big Oil and The Man (corporate Amerika) and moved to rural farms, often a commune. Pollution from unbridled petroleum-burning industries began to be demonized by the counter-culture.
As Japanese automobile makers responded to consumer concerns about toxic emissions and started producing small, fuel-efficient vehicles, American car makers stubbornly clung to building large models with engines that guzzled gas. Not only that, they belched vast amounts of leaded gas emissions into the atmosphere.
At the same time, there were no laws to prevent factories from exhausting smoke and dumping poisonous sludge into the local waterways. By and large, the media ignored the situation.
Not all environmentalists were hippies, to be sure. In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day to force national attention on this issue. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in cities across the U.S. on the first Earth Day, April 22 of that year.
After that, the mainstream media began to report on environmental issues. They printed outlandishly sensational predictions made by liberal alarmists who warned that all human life would be extinguished at our own hands if we didn’t stop burning fossil fuels that create a carbon dioxide (CO2) by-product.
However, the climate change perceived as a problem was not that the earth was getting warmer but that it was cooling off!
Scientists such as Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cautioned that “the drop in temperature between 1945 and 1968 had taken us one-sixth of the way to the next Ice Age temperature.”
The notion that humans were responsible for global cooling caught on, thanks to media promotion. But then, Nature happened and planetary temperatures started to rise. The new popular and profitable climate change agenda was itself threatened with extinction.
Al Gore Sr., the man who had infamously (and ridiculously) claimed he had “invented the internet,” was a powerful Senator from Tennessee. Spurred by his son AG Junior, when Gore served as Vice President under President Bill Clinton (1993-2001), he enacted policies and directed funding to ensure that the climate change agenda became a top priority of the federal government.
According to Gore and other like-minded climate change alarmists, see climate change as an evangelical “battle” that involves “justice” rather than a practical matter of science and socio-economics.
Gore released a documentary film in 2006 called An Inconvenient Truth to educate people about global warming. He spends most of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis. He is the co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors.
Gore also wrote bestsellers Earth in the Balance, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He was the 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”
The former Vice President has likened global warming to “an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc.” He wrote:
“Our food systems, our cities, our people, and our very way of life developed within a stable range of climatic conditions on Earth. Without immediate and decisive action, these favorable conditions on Earth could become a memory if we continue to make the climate crisis worse day after day after day.”
In 1993, physicist Dr. William Happer, then Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy, testified before Congress that scientific data did not support the hypothesis of manmade global warming. VP Gore had Happer fired immediately for not going along with the liberals’ climate change agenda. Fifteen years later, Happer joked, “I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore since I refused to go along with his alarmism. I did not need the job that badly.”
Gore capitalized on his fame, his movie awards, his Nobel Prize, carbon trading, and other schemes and amassed a personal fortune. Gore’s net worth ballooned from $2 million as the newly-elected Vice President in 2001, to over $300 million in 2013.
Images in An Inconvenient Truth show melting glaciers, dying polar bears, pandemics, coastal cities inundated by massive floods, cities wiped out by hurricanes and tornadoes, and food supplies wiped out by prolonged droughts. Even though none of this has happened, liberals led by Gore continue to guilt-trip everyone, calling us irresponsible enemies of the environment when we use fossil fuels.
While Gore believes the climate change alarmists are winning the battle for environmental justice around the globe, the victory isn’t coming fast enough so his doomsday prophesies continue. Market forces driving the
commercial viability of solar, wind, and other technologies are bringing down the price and becoming more efficient.
“More cities and companies are pledging to go 100 percent renewable. I believe the sustainability revolution is unstoppable,” said Gore in a National Geographic interview published in July 2017.