Letters to the Editor

Monday, November 9, 2009 at 11:57pm

Al the visionary

Al Gore has a new book out, Our Choice, placing another plank in his platform bringing awarness to "global warming" or "climate change." Adding to his Oscar winning documentary, An Inconvienient Truth, he furthers his cause.

His efforts since the diasterous 2000 Presidential election has brought prominence to a man who was cheated out of our nation's highest office. Many people in Tennessee, however, do not think he's playing with a full deck and further attack him personally. Calling "global warming" a "myth," he's labeled as a "snake oil salesman," huckster," "profiteer" and worse.

Comparisons to Galileo and Columbus who during their time were accepted with as much rancor and hatred may be a bit dramatic. His cover story in this week's Newsweek has him speaking about global warming sounding like he's done his homework. He ventures way beyond humans changing to a lower wattage light bulb.

If his evidence, paradigms, models and theories are all "smoke and mirrors," he'd fool even Einstein. Mr. Gore is certainly onto something and may be visionary for all humanity to take heed and notice his message.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

Filed under: City Voices

364 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 11/10/09 at 5:32

Good morning.

This a great letter Paul and I agree.

Melting Ice caps, disappearing glaziers rising oceans, will not deter the flat earth freaks from posting that Gore is crazy and lieing.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/10/09 at 5:50

Verbal Cartoon

A serr8d twitter morning.

I am now dressed and standing in front of the mirror to make sure that I am presentable to my fans. My expensive and fashionable cloths are crisp and the colors are dazzling to see. My hair is in place to frame my perfect face. My only regret is that I am not able to kiss my luscious lips.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/10/09 at 6:06

From last night.

sid post at 5:03 that she was honored that I was thing of her. I hate to disapoint you sid, but I was reading Fridays post on Monday morning. I had not had a chance to read it until that time.

But I did have an itchy foot at the time. Would that count as thinking of you? ;-)

By: Captain Nemo on 11/10/09 at 6:11

d7, you know that idgaf and BenDover will have some rants about this letter and Al.

By: Funditto on 11/10/09 at 6:46

Their first response will be about Al Gore's electric bill. Thinking he should live like them - in a double wide using propane gas and well water. I hate to break it to them: even Frist has a hybrid.

By: house_of_pain on 11/10/09 at 6:50

He also has a "lock box".

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 7:20

Al's a smart guy. Sometimes it's easier to attack the person rather than the message.

By the way, Happy Birthday USMC...Semper Fi....ooh rah!

By: house_of_pain on 11/10/09 at 7:27

The USMC & Sesame Street both have Nov. 10 as their anniversary.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 7:29

It's no coincidence house...both Big Bird and Mr. Snufflufocus were wounded at Iwo Jima in '43...

By: house_of_pain on 11/10/09 at 7:32

"Sesame Street was brought to you by the letter "M" & the number "ooh rah"..."

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 7:36

Dargent, thanks for the laugh. Galileo and Columbus? Priceless.

By: bfra on 11/10/09 at 7:40

Very good letter! Of course all the narrow-minded people that can't see FACTS that are happening everyday, for the blinders, will not agree.

By: dargent7 on 11/10/09 at 7:51

Dragon: Sell it to the Polar Bears!

By: slacker on 11/10/09 at 7:51

I think Ed Begley Jr. should be the environmentalists Guru. He has been speaking out on environmental issues long before Al turned up. Begley leads by example, but sadly does not possess a ''lockbox'' or Houseboat. I lost any zeal I might ever have again for these type theories, after the global cooling debacle. I think some of the scientists involved in that deal, are now advisors to Al. I believe this will pass, and the ''hand-wringers'' will discover that an asteroid might be heading straight for Earth.

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 7:54

(CBS) Editor's note, 9:57 p.m. EDT: The White House has issued the following response to this story, attributed to White House National Security Advisor James Jones:
"Reports that President Obama has made a decision about Afghanistan are absolutely false. He has not received final options for his consideration, he has not reviewed those options with his national security team, and he has not made any decisions about resources. Any reports to the contrary are completely untrue and come from uninformed sources."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/09/world/main5592551.shtml

Glad we got that straightened out. Bring me more options!

By: slacker on 11/10/09 at 7:56

Being narrow-minded means you never have to say you're sorry.

By: rldavenport@com... on 11/10/09 at 7:57

Of course, all of you gullible Gore disciples conveniently choose to ignore the growing mountain of evidence from scientists all over the world who deny the magnitude of Al Gore's "crisis mongering." Is there some "climate change"? Yes, but it has been occurring since the beginning of time and it goes in cycles, but not to the degree that Gore and his friends argue. You need to study both sides of the issue, sir.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 7:58

I think it's getting warmer and weather patterns are changing. This isn't breaking news, weather patterns change over time. The contention here is are we making it worse?

By: dargent7 on 11/10/09 at 8:00

rldavenport: Right you are. And the Ozone hole was a figment of our imagination.
Oh, and there are many "scientists" who will swear under oath before Congress smoking is NOT associated with any types of cancer. Oh, the product's CEO's will too. Believe what you will.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:00

Oh, and yes, I think it would be irresponsible to disregard the fact that it's possible.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:02

Sorry Darg, that ozone thing was on me. I needed a lot of hairspray for my combover. By the way, you're fired.

- The Donald

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 8:05

You think it's getting warmer? Don't bother with actual date.

The average October temperature of 50.8°F was 4.0°F below the 20th Century average and ranked as the 3rd coolest based on preliminary data.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=national&year=2009&month=10&submitted=Get+Report

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 8:10

s/h/b data, not date.

By: eastnashville37207 on 11/10/09 at 8:10

After listening to Lord Christopher Monckton who worked for Margaret Thatcher he can prove that Al Gore is a moron. He has begged Al Gore for a debate and Al Gore won't do it because he know that Lord Monckton is correct.
This so-called global warming is just a scam.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:11

Yes, Dragon, I do. Ask the polar ice caps if they care that October was abnormally cool.

Cherry picking...I love to cherry pick...wanna cherry Dragon? Oh, you still have yours...anyone else??

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 8:13

Yeah, those NOAA scientists are known liars.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:16

http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2009/20090113_Temperature.pdf

This is a good read...

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:20

I never said they are lying, in fact I validated their data by saying the polar caps don't care about it. (We go way back, to April 1912).

There's data out there to support both sides, but the alarming speed at which the polar caps are melting is a warning sign that something is changing, and we should attempt to understand, not just retreat to our cave yelling "science bad!!"

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 8:25

Good read, gdia. Don't forget that the "little ice age" extended until the mid-1800's.
http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~mann/shared/articles/littleiceage.pdf

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:32

Yes, noted that. Playing Devil's advocate, the full brunt of the industrial revolution had yet to significantly affect the climate.

I remember when I was in P'hang South Korea in the late '80's. The air was thick with pollution from unregulated factories. After a week your nose started to turn black and after you left you would cough for a month with the "Korean Crud".

That's some nasty stuff and that is what was put into the atmosphere for years, and still is in some developing countries. As I stated earlier, it would be irresponsible to not think we've had some affect on the climate.

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:32

I'm rather curious...has anyone on this board ever met Al Gore?

By: BenDover on 11/10/09 at 8:33

Gore, like Galileo and Columbus?

More like Malthus and Chicken Little...

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:35

Gdia,

While I agree that it would be completely illogical to assume we've had SOME affect on the climate, I disagree on the degree to which we've impacted it.

I personally believe that before we could do serious damage to the Earth, we would be long extinct from our own devices.

By: gdiafante on 11/10/09 at 8:35

Yes, I have. Nice man. More intelligent than some give him credit. A little stiff, but very amiable.

Not fond if his wife, though I was polite. The PMRC, thankfully, really didn't have the suppression that some thought it would. In fact, it increased sales for albums with the label.

Thanks Tipper!!! lol

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:37

BTW, according to NOAA, we had the 3rd coolest October on record.

State of the Climate National Overview
October 2009
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=national&year=2009&month=10&submitted=Get+Report

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:39

Gdia,

Ironic. I also found him to be a nice man but not quite as intelligent as advertised. Kind of idealic without considering the more realistic ramifications of what he suggested. Of course I met him long ago in 1977...so he's likely to have changed since then. Never got to meet Tipper.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/10/09 at 8:40

i was flipping channels this weekend and Faux News had a segment saying that the summit on climate change would lead to a global gov't. more scare tactics for the fundamentalists.

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:42

While not quite the number General McChrystal, at least it's a good portion of it. Compromise, I guess.

White House Leans Toward Sending More Than 30,000 Troops to Afghanistan
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/09/white-house-considers-sending-troops-afghanistan/

By: house_of_pain on 11/10/09 at 8:44

gd, Judas Priest was causing global warming with their lyrics.

By: Dragon on 11/10/09 at 8:44

Chief, I'm hurt you don't read my posts. See post at 7:54 (White House denies making any decision).

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:48

Dragon,

Sorry, I hadn't read that far down...my bad!

By: slacker on 11/10/09 at 8:48

chief, I met Mr. Gore when he worked for the Tennessean, a nice amiable man.

By: BenDover on 11/10/09 at 8:48

I think our efforts to eliminate particulate pollution since the 70's caused the sharp increase through around 2000... since then we've reached a point of diminishing returns on reducing air pollution and the progressive models of continued warming have predictably fallen flat. It’s not CO2 … it’s dihydrogen monoxide that’s the problem and our efforts of reducing particulate pollution leaves more of this most prominent greenhouse gas suspended in the atmosphere in a state that is less reflective to solar radiation than when there is more pollution.

By: dargent7 on 11/10/09 at 8:49

Chief: Yes, I have. He's lost a lot of weight.

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:51

Merry Christmas New Yorkers! MAN! Wonder if he's still glad he raised taxes and ran off Rush now?

Now just WHO did that doorknob hit on his way out of NY?

Paterson: NYS Will Be Broke Before Christmas
Delivers Scary News To Legislature, Says Only Way To Fix Problem Is To Have Immediate Cuts To Education, Hospitals

http://wcbstv.com/cbs2crew/david.paterson.special.2.1300362.html

By: dargent7 on 11/10/09 at 8:51

BenD: Species are dramatically disappearing before our blind eyes. I know you don't give a sh**t about the horned tree frog in Brazil but God put the 'dang thing there for some reason I recon'.

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:52

Dargent,

Wow...when I met him, he was thin as a rail...so from the late 1970s, he gained a lot of weight (haven't we all!!!).

By: chiefpayne568 on 11/10/09 at 8:53

Dargent,

Hasn't extinction been going on around us for some time? Isn't that part of the theory of evolution?

By: BenDover on 11/10/09 at 8:55

Species come and go, Dargent. Nothing unusual about that.

By: dargent7 on 11/10/09 at 8:59

BenD: The only species you give a hoot about is homo sapiens. And look at the destruction of the globe those animals have caused.