Roger L. Simon

The Gore That Came In From The Cold

Am I the only one who now sees Al Gore as an object of levity?  I started giggling this evening when the D-student who couldn’t even make it through divinity school popped up on my television screen testifying yet again before Congress on matters scientific – i. e., his favorite topic: anthropogenic global warming.  Like a desperate man with an inferiority complex (if we promise not to rescind his Nobel and his Oscar, maybe he’ll just go away), he keeps coming back to remind us of how much he knows when we know he knows very little.  

This time the subject of his discourse was Venus and how hot it is (from carbon dioxide, of course). Steven Milloy saw the comedy as well:

Incredibly, not a Senator on the Committee questioned — much less burst into outright laughter at — Gore’s absurd point. In fact, each Senator who spoke at the hearing, including Republicans, offered little but fawning praise for Gore. It’s hard to know whether the hearing’s lovefest was simply an example of the Senate’s exaggerated sense of collegiality, appalling ignorance and gullibility about environmental science, or fear of appearing to be less green than Gore.

It is true that atmospheric CO2 warms both Venus and the Earth, but that’s about where the CO2 commonality between the two planets ends. While the Venusian atmosphere is 97 percent CO2 (970,000 parts per million), the Earth’s atmosphere is only 0.038 percent CO2 (380 parts per million). So the Venusian atmosphere’s CO2 level is more than 2,557 times greater than the Earth’s. And since the CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere is increasing by only about 2 parts per million annually, our planet is hardly being Venus-ized.

No matter.  Al is in the global warming business and not even the next Ice Age will get him out of it.  And as for audience of esteemed legislators listening to his babble, I have a suggestion that might help the financial crisis: fire all of them.