An interesting read by an Australian climatologist.
There is within it an idea we should expand upon... he suggests that the Australian Labour Party should tread lightly here because the consequences of their being wrong, which is looking more and more likely every day, would lead to their being non-electable in the future.
Hmmmm. Having been a bit of a student of class action lawsuits against evil corporations brought to their knees for fraud and deception, often times for nothing at all, ala Dow Corning, it seems like dangerous territory. Could a class-action tort be brought to bear on Al Gore, so many of the non-profit anti-capitalist propogandists, and legislators who vote on the basis of this sleight of hand to defraud us all?
Of course, government exempts itself from fraud liability... with the attendant standards towards veracity for those in government reflecting this clemency. In fact, it is unlikely that any agency head or legislator would last more than 4 weeks in the private sector because what is standard operating procedure WITHIN the Borg itranslates into prison time and shareholder lawsuit fodder in corporate America.
But Al Gore, his corporations, the Friends of the Earth, and all the rest... massive damages? Biggest ever, in fact? $50 billion spent in the last 18 years and the conclusions are more and more suspect...
Consider that Nobel Laureate Gore in front of that impressive image in "inconvenient truth" showing us how global temperatures and CO2 concentrations mimic one another. Causality, he showed and said. Zooming in on the graph, though, the CO2 lags temperature by 800 years across the board... but he DIDN'T zoom on the graph. He, how to best put this... Lied. Not in a GW Bush "I really think and hope these are WMD plants, because the CIA said they might be", or "Al Qaida has some folks in Iraq, so they are in cahoots" kinda lie. No, Al laid a Billy Sol Estes fertilizer tank misdirect kinda LIE on all of us. Temperature drives carbon uptake, not the other way around. Mr. Gore is an expert. He has won a Nobel Prize for his propog... I mean, expertise. Did he not know? Was it an honest mistake? C'mon. Inconceivable.
Had Mr. Gore been, say, a Tobacco Executive, and had he intentionally lied as clearly and distinctly about his product as he did in that movie in that one particular instance (soon to be an opera, I am told), he would be in jail, and his company or industry would be paying out, say, 250 billion in damages.
Mr. Gore, with a lifetime of public service, believes, like most long-time public servants I encounter, that you and I are stupid and because of that, lying to us is alright, because we don't know any better. We would be much happier if we just didn't question them so much. As a marketing guy and a senate aide told me over beers one night in DC... there are two rules of (marketing) (politics). The first is that the People Are Stupid. The second is "See Rule Number One". I am not kidding about this.
The damages of this particular lie are easy to quantify... 2% of the GDP. That is what it is calculated to institute our useless cure to a unsolvable "problem". In fact, a lawsuit, or idea of one is not without precedence. Several have been quoted, a young Kennedy representative a recent example (Patrick, perhaps? His generation of the bloodline is particularly unsuccessful), that Americans who voice their skepticism towards the, ahem, "purity" of massively funded research by those with an endgame agenda, and no, I don't mean the oil companies, should be sued or arrested. For doubting! This seems extreme to me. Kind of Fascist. Or National Socialist, if you get my drift.
This should interest a clever plaintiff attorney...