Ken Connor

“I’m like Punxsutawney Phil, but do you know what it means when I see my shadow?  It means the earth is dying.  Have you been outside today?  It’s 60 degrees in late November.  I mean there’s a Christmas tree in front of this building and guys are wearing flip-flops.  You can’t say this isn’t real.” -Al Gore on Saturday Night Live, November 2009

It was all laughs for Al Gore last November when he hit the media circuit to promote his new book and educate the ignorant masses about the imminent threat of catastrophic climate change.  He had the rapt attention of the politicians and the pundits and the celebrities.  He’d won an Academy Award!  The former Vice-President and presidential hopeful had built a new career as the voice of the Green Movement, and business was booming.  What a difference three months makes.

In the face of the embarrassing Climategate scandal and an unprecedented winter season that has for the first time ever delivered measurable snowfall to all 50 states, Al Gore’s absence from the public stage has been conspicuous.  Perhaps he’s taken a page from Punxsutawney Phil’s playbook and is hibernating in hopes of a sunnier forecast come April.

All kidding – and snowstorms – aside, recent events have caused many to doubt the veracity of Al Gore’s award-winning claims about man-made global warming and the “settled science” behind climate change.  In the aftermath of “Climategate” – in which several e-mails revealing manipulative and unethical behavior by some of the main scientists responsible for gathering and analyzing global temperature data were exposed – the scientist at the center of the controversy has admitted that his method of handling the raw temperature data used to compile climate reports is “not as good as it should be,” and furthermore has conceded that there has been no “statistically significant” warming of the earth in the last 15 years. This is a fascinating revelation, considering that global warming alarmists have been prophesying the imminent ruin of Planet Earth for over three decades.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.