Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Al Gore has issued a statement linking the severity of Hurricane Sandy to climate change. Here in New York, what he's saying is not considered controversial or out of the mainstream. Here's our governor:
Cuomo said he spoke twice yesterday to Obama, joking at one point "we have a 100-year flood every two years now."

"There's no such thing as a 100-year flood," Cuomo said. "These are extreme weather patterns. The frequency has been increasing."
And here's what the dialogue between scientists and government officials has been like here:
The warnings came, again and again.

For nearly a decade, scientists have told city and state officials that New York faces certain peril: rising sea levels, more frequent flooding and extreme weather patterns....

After rising roughly an inch per decade in the last century, coastal waters in New York are expected to climb as fast as six inches per decade, or two feet by midcentury, according to a city-appointed scientific panel. That much more water means the city’s flood risk zones could expand in size.

A state report on rising sea levels, issued on the last day of Gov. David A. Paterson's administration in 2010, suggested that erecting structural barriers to restrain floodwaters could be part of a broader approach, along with relocating buildings and people farther from the coasts.
But right-wingers love Saul Alinsky -- they pay far more attention to him than left-wingers do -- and Alinsky's 12th Rule for Radicals is as follows:
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
Climate deniers attack as many targets as possible, but attacking Gore has worked very well for them. It helped, of course, that he was already a figure of mockery after what the mainstream press did to him in 2000. So, of course, he's the focus right now at winger sites such as Michelle Malkin's place, along with other Alinsky-ready objects of winger hate:

... And if you're the type that demands confirmation from a more credible scientific source before you'll believe a claim from Gore, Meghan McCain is backing Al up on this all the way. As a matter of fact, Van Jones thinks the right owes Gore an apology.
Let me remind you that David Brooks thinks the Alinskyite targeting of Al Gore on this issue was a perfectly appropriate way for the discussion of the issue to develop (and was Gore's fault):
Al Gore released his movie "An Inconvenient Truth" in 2006. The global warming issue became associated with the highly partisan former vice president. Gore mobilized liberals, but, once he became the global warming spokesman, no Republican could stand shoulder to shoulder with him and survive. Any slim chance of building a bipartisan national consensus was gone.
So if the winger Alinskyites pick you as a target, well, you asked for it, just for being targetable. And the degradation of the debate is your responsibility.


Victor said...

The Conservatives are like small children. They hate Gore for pretty much the same reason they have an irrational hatred for Michelle Obama.

They both tell them they need to eat more vegetables, and watch what they eat.

I really don't understand their lack of concern about this.

I don't have any children, and yet, I'm far, far, more concerned about the future of this planet than many of the people whose children will have to inhabit it - or, what remains of it.

The definition of today's Conservative:
Someone who is some combination of stupid, ignorant, stubborn, petulant, and/or overly prideful.

Like the Satan they claim to hate and fear, they'd "rather rule in Hell, than serve in Heaven!"

Too bad they're liable to make life on this Earth an unliveable Hell for the rest of us, too.

Palli said...

So can states & citizens sue Inhoff & co. for negligence and subsequent damages?

Kathy said...

Yes, Victor - I guess personal responsibility goes right out the window when they're asked to take some.

Lex Alexander said...

The Alinsky tactic also has been used against climate scientist Michael Mann, to the point where he recently sued for defamation.

He won't win -- a defamation verdict is a very high legal bar to clear, and any kind of sizable judgment higher still -- but the fact that he would even go to the trouble suggests just how much stress his critics have subjected him to.

Yastreblyansky said...

I thought the Brooks column was way worse than that--implying that Gore was profiteering on the issue.