Commentary: Al Gore’s big gaffe

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Al Gore is wrong. Maybe not about everything, but he’s wrong about industrial agriculture.

“Industrial agriculture is part of the problem,” Gore said Friday in an interview with FearLess Revolution founder Alex Bogusky. “The shift toward a more meat-intensive diet,” the clearing of forest areas in many parts of the world in order to raise more cattle and the reliance on synthetic nitrogen for fertilizer are also problems, he said.

Since leaving office a decade ago, the former U.S. vice-president has channeled his efforts toward combating global warming. A 2006 documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” about Gore’s campaign to educate citizens about global warming, won two Academy Awards, one for Best Documentary Feature.

The following year Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

That means Gore has the type of high-profile voice that makes good copy. When he speaks about climate change people tend to listen, and his quotes are likely to make headlines across the nation.

But when such comments are either wrong, or at least debatable, Gore loses credibility with the people he is trying to reach.

Much of Gore’s criticism of modern agriculture revolves around synthetic nitrogen. He said, “the reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is a Faustian bargain, kind of like steroids.”

Rather than utilizing synthetic fertilizer, Gore advocates organic farming and relying on “more productive, safer methods that put carbon back in the soil” to produce “safer and better food.”

Specifically, this is where Gore wanders down a path toward an inconvenient truth for the environmental movement – organic farming can’t feed the world, and synthetic fertilizer increases food production and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Organic farming has become a trendy phenomenon across America, and the market for food produced by organic farmers is growing rapidly. The criticism here is not against organic farmers or the food they produce, but rather with the idea that such methods of production can ever advance beyond the novelty phase. That’s because organic food production requires more intensive labor, increasing the cost of production and requiring a premium at retail.

A recent USDA report estimates that 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough to eat mainly because they can’t afford it. Increasing organic production at higher costs will certainly not help feed those 50 million Americans, nor help us feed others who are hungry around the world.

Gore’s biggest gaffe last week, however, was his criticism of synthetic fertilizer.

It’s likely Vaclav Smil would be one of the first to argue with Gore. Smil is one of today’s most influential energy and environmental scientists, a Cezch-born professor of Environment and Environmental Geography at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Smil has calculated that if synthetic nitrogen didn’t exist we’d have to use animal manure to fertilize the crops we need to survive. And to produce that much animal manure the U.S. alone would need an additional 1 billion livestock to produce the manure, and 2 billion acres of forage crops to feed the livestock.

Smil has authored a book - "Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production" – in which he argues the industrial synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen has been of greater fundamental importance to the modern world than the invention of the airplane, nuclear energy, space flight or television. He further argues that the expansion of the world’s population from 1.6 billion people in 1900 to today’s six billion would not have been possible without the synthesis of ammonia.

Unfortunately, our world already has an abundance of hungry people. To feed a growing population in the future agriculture will need to utilize available technology, continue to improve that technology and strive for increased production and greater food affordability.



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will    
Texas Panhandle  |  August, 31, 2011 at 09:20 AM

You had Mr. Gore described completely with your first sentence. "Al Gore is wrong."

Devasahayam    
Reston, VA  |  September, 02, 2011 at 06:32 AM

Actually, the title also works--if read "Al Gore is big gaffe"!

michael reed    
kansas  |  August, 31, 2011 at 09:26 AM

You're missing the point of Radical Environmentalists and their movement as a whole. They WANT millions and billions of people to die, because they believe human beings are "unnatural" and a blight on the earth. They're called "eliminationists" and Al Gore is just one of their many "useful idiots" who believes his moral superiority will guarantee him and his fellow travelers a place among the favored few who will be allowed to continue to exist on "spaceship earth". Elitists within the green movement, including several high profile government advisers, truly believe that the world would be better off if a few billion wretches just died and made room for more snail darters, spotted owls and polar bears. Of course, they're not volunteering to be among those eliminated - they're too important. Get with the program and stop letting them hide their true agenda behind the small, incremental undermining of humanity's reason to exist. They're genocidal-bent murderers hiding behind cute pictures of baby seals and whales.

Dreh    
New york  |  September, 02, 2011 at 08:55 AM

@Michael Reed 9:26 AM Spot on, perfectly said!

Steve    
Moxee, WA  |  September, 02, 2011 at 09:05 AM

You are right. Liberals have always been after human population reduction. Margaret Sanger, champion of women's rights, i.e. abortion, bore the standard for the liberal movement to extinquish the black population in America. In the '60's, Rachel Carson, a screaming liberal, wrote "Silent Spring" as a tool of fear to get a rather innocuous chemical, DDT, banned. The ultimate consequence was that an estimated 5 million people died in undeveloped countries from insect-borne illnesses. Seems these efforts weren't enough, so the liberals have unleashed the power of the EPA, from which rules and regulations designed to reduce the world's food supply spew at an ever increasing pace.

Natural Nebraska    
SW Nebraska  |  August, 31, 2011 at 09:34 AM

Don't forget Gore's investment side of the environmental deal. This guys sees $$$ to be made and has made $$$ since becoming superiorly heady.

Robert    
Kentucky  |  August, 31, 2011 at 09:46 AM

Gosh. The debate over industrial vs. organic agriculture goes on. While Al Gore may not get everything right, the real need here is to debate seriously, WITH VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE. I'd like to hear more from Greg on this - or perhaps links to reputable studies. I haven't read Smil's work, but he is a respected writer on energy and environmental issues, though of course not all environmentalists and agricultural scholars agree with everything he says. What most disturbs me here are the comments so far submitted. NONE are thoughtful, nor backed up by evidence. Frankly, if you can't bring a civil discussion to the debate I suggest you simply be quiet. You contribute absolutely nothing to an often controversial topic that DESERVES greater in-depth analysis. Greg, show the way.

Renee'    
Florida  |  August, 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

My comment to Robert from KY is very simple. I defy you to try to feed the world with organic farming practices. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to prove that it is not in the least way possible. There are far too many ill informed people in this world that are delusional about the idea of organic farming as the answer to feeding the masses. WAKE UP!

DHE    
Northeast Nebraska  |  August, 31, 2011 at 09:47 AM

Al Gore is "nuts" and he should give back the Noble Peace Prize and the dollars that came with it! He has no idea how the farmers and ranchers feed the world!

Nancy    
IL.  |  September, 01, 2011 at 04:52 PM

DHE ;Yes; why was he even awarded the Nobel Prize ? I guess , the same people, who voted for the Kenjan imposter , without knowing any thing about him; are the same ones, who gave an award to some one , who was only in it , for the $$$$$$$$$$$, without really checking to see , if there really was G.W. I think that theory has been proven to be false.

Dr. Mauck    
Sullivan, IL  |  August, 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

What's truly frightening is that this mental midget came a hair's breadth from being our president.

Dick    
Ok.  |  August, 31, 2011 at 01:26 PM

That is a very scary TRUTH!

oneSTARman    
USA  |  August, 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

FULL of MANURE? - ".. if synthetic nitrogen didn’t exist we’d have to use animal manure.. the U.S. alone would need ..1 billion livestock to produce the manure, and 2 billion acres of forage crops to feed the livestock." I don't use ANY Manure in my Organic Garden..I Compost VEGETATION..as would any not-mostly-meat-eating culture like 90% of the World. It is ONLY The U.S. - Britain - Australia - and Argentina that are tied to an unhealthy mostly meat diet.

James E. Stocker(farmer)    
28349  |  August, 31, 2011 at 08:35 PM

Compost from vegative growth has to have nutrients to produce the vegation from which it is made. Thus, it comes from the earth and if not returned to the earth the process is not sustainable.

James H.Pritchett    
Martin. TN  |  August, 31, 2011 at 08:28 PM

NO MORE gORE. gore is not a Tenneesean. Our natives didn't and won't vote for him. Have you seen his house in Nashville ? GO GREEN !

Ken McGuffey, PH.D    
Indiana  |  August, 31, 2011 at 09:24 PM

The Network should report on study from UC Davis. The study. Feedlot Efficiency Implications on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sustainability, by Cooprider et al., shows what an environmental disaster beef production would be without modern technology. See. Journal of Animal Science 89: pages 2643-2656. Briefly, modern day production practices on implants, feed additives and antibiotics compared to cattle that never received any of these tools (called the Never-Ever group gained about 1 pound per day faster, consumed about 1050 pounds of feed (my calculation) and 42 days less to reach finishing weight (1314 pounds). They also produced 31 % less emissions per finsihed steer than the Never Ever cattle. Cost of gain was 51 cents less for modern day practices.

Sanjay    
Delhi  |  September, 01, 2011 at 07:16 AM

Mr Gore has a point. I suggest people read "The One Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka. It will change your outlook about farming. "The ultimate goal of farming is not cultivation of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings". Who gains the most with all our most modern fertilizers and chemicals? The farmer or the factory? What you eat and drink is nothing but a chemical goulash. Only a very small percentage of the fertilizer, pesticide and weedicide are actually used. The rest either get absorbed in ground water or run off into the sea - either way it poisons us all slowly. Organic farming is not a fad. All farming ought to be that way.

JB    
Michigan  |  September, 01, 2011 at 07:35 AM

The only thing I would have to say to all those that think the modern technology that is used in animal and crop production today is "If you don't like technology don't use it!!" Make sure when you are sick you tell the doctors not to give you antibiotics or penicillin as they are "New Technology" in your terms. I would also recommend you shut off the computer you are replying on and throw away the your cellular phone that you can't live without. No one stives to use science more and measures soil and product quality better then the American Farmer and Rancher, this is a free country and you are free to your opinion but so is everyone else and when you don't have food try chewing on some bark or would that cause a species of tree to die in your mind.

Bob Mickel    
New Jersey  |  September, 01, 2011 at 09:48 AM

gore's comments shouldn't surprise any of us in agriculture. When Gore ran for President and was at the Iowa primaries he actually stated that we did not need American farmers anymore, as we could buy our food from third world countries, which would help their growing economies! Mean while most of these countries are starving to death and killing each other over multiple issues.

James    
Texas  |  September, 02, 2011 at 10:19 AM

How does Mr. Gore think the third world countries could supply the rest of the world with food when they can not (or do not) feed themselves adequately?

George Wesley Griffith    
Eastvale, CA  |  September, 01, 2011 at 04:57 PM

In reference to Al Gore and his belief in man-made global warming, the following is a digest of the Article in the latest issue of Nature magazine. "The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth. The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere. In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth." It looks like CERN has a lot more prestige and intelligence than a has been VP.

George Wesley Griffith    
Eastvale, CA  |  September, 01, 2011 at 04:57 PM

In reference to Al Gore and his belief in man-made global warming, the following is a digest of the Article in the latest issue of Nature magazine. "The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth. The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere. In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth." It looks like CERN has a lot more prestige and intelligence than a has been VP.

Jim Blair    
September, 02, 2011 at 05:16 AM

Perhaps if Al goes on a diet, there will be enough food to feed the millions. Perhaps if Al and the very folk sounding the alarms about the environment would fly commercial, we could preserve our atmosphere. Perhaps if these same folk would lower themselves to live in average size homes, with average size energy bills, that too would preserve our precious environment. Perhaps if a frog had wings, it would not bump it's ass on the ground, but it doesn't and Al's pals won't either.

Jerry    
Tx  |  September, 02, 2011 at 05:43 AM

Does any one remember a Sci-Fi film with Charleston Heston, called "Solyent Green"? People were the "food", and according to the "film", the preferred "food". Lack of proper food and an abundance of people. I hope I haven't given some one in government any ideas.

ROBERT REDNOSKE    
Dearborn Heights, MI  |  September, 02, 2011 at 07:08 AM

Also in the movie Soyent Green they had "DEATH PANNELS."

ROBERT REDNOSKE    
Dearborn Heights, MI  |  September, 02, 2011 at 07:08 AM

Also in the movie Soyent Green they had "DEATH PANNELS."

Ed Gallagher    
connecticut  |  September, 02, 2011 at 06:13 AM

Gore is wrong on this issue as he is on the anthropogenic argument on climate change. If you look hard enough, you will find he has invested in firms that promote organic farming. With climate change, Gore and the zero growth lemmings have claimed that anthropogenic C02 is causing rapid warming. The most accurate data available, from ice cores, prove conclusively that increases in atmospheric C02 occur after warming. An effect can't be a cause, so C02 isn't the bogeyman, nor is human civilization. As Gore has said, "the debate is over", but he didn't win it! The zero growth lobby is simply trying to use the confusion of the scientific community to advance an anti-growth agenda so they can impose their redistributive society on the rest of us through the use of manufactured shortages and government imposed rationing of food and resources.

    
September, 02, 2011 at 06:28 AM

The more Mankind tries to fix things, the more he messes up. I see that in Gore's pseudo-science, in nuclear power advocacy, in solar and wind power development, as well as organic farming, a Liberal fad and nothing more. Now Al, the pseudo-scientist, wants us to become veggans but not via industrial farming, organic farming because it's more "natural". Osama Bin Laden wanted us all to be goat-herders, now Mr. "Know-a-Little About Something" wants us all to be farmers? Doesn't he realize that increased human activity induces global warming? Doesn't he realize that termites create far more CO2 than the internal combustion engine?

Banks    
Pensacola, FL  |  September, 02, 2011 at 07:09 AM

There is also the factor of safety of organically grown food; see Germany's salmonella illnesses recently that were traced to an organic farm. The failure to use pesticides leads to fatal results

dr of many things    
The South  |  September, 02, 2011 at 07:21 AM

For the record, Al Gore never made a single A for any final academic grade on his high school transcript. He flunked out of divity school and faded out of law school with low grades. By comparison, George W Bush was an academic superstar. Gore took a couple of journalism classes along the way and ended up teaching the subject at Georgetown University. Go figure. He now tours the world shooting from the hip with mostly unsubstantiated environmental nonsense, but refuses to debate anyone and almost never even answers questions from his audience, unless the questions are filtered softballs. His movie "Inconvienient Truth" will no doubt be a laughable cult classic in the manner of "Reefer Madness" in about 20 years.

Bill Stanley    
Texas  |  September, 02, 2011 at 07:41 AM

"A recent USDA report estimates that 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough to eat mainly because they can’t afford it. Increasing organic production at higher costs will certainly not help feed those 50 million Americans ..." -- That is not a problem for authoritarian politicians and bureaucrats ... just pass out more food stamps. www.newsandopinions.net

John Murphy    
Woodbridge, VA  |  September, 02, 2011 at 08:05 AM

I've always felt that the idea that humans are responsable for global warming and its embodiment, the Kyoto Protocol, are attempts by the Europeans to bring us down to their level. Europe has been held back by socialism the past 60 years, while we became a wealthy nation because of free market capitalism.

Howard N Robinson MD    
Aventura, Florida  |  September, 02, 2011 at 08:12 AM

Al Gore's apocalyptic human based global warming is a concept in a work of fiction by a nazi, Gunther Schwab, who hated American capitalism for destroying his beloved Hitler. It was fed to Gore by disgraced UN environmentalist Maurice Strong, who is also an admitted communist and US hater. Gore is the front man convinced by Strong about all the money and fame this baloney would generate. Gore can't debate the issue, because he knows his position is indefensible.

Johnny    
Anniston, Al.  |  September, 02, 2011 at 08:24 AM

Brondo, it's what plants crave.......

Johnny    
Talladega, AL  |  September, 02, 2011 at 08:34 AM

After all the garbage that Al Gore has spewed over the last few years it is hard to take anything he says with any seriousness whatsoever. Man made global warming and other such nonsense have cost us enough and made him plenty. He simply needs to GO AWAY! When I plant my garden and raise my own livestock, chickens, etc., I do try not to use commercial fertilizer and feeds with all the additives because it is a personal decision. If it were forced on the farming industry we would be very hungry very soon.

arpiem    
September, 02, 2011 at 08:51 AM

Obviously you either didn't read, or didn't understand the article. Organic farming is not sustainable for large numbers of people. Also, animals don't emit greenhouse gases, only carbon dioxide, which is not, despite allegations by the global warming alarmists, a greenhouse gas.

Jan    
earth  |  September, 02, 2011 at 09:42 AM

@arpiem September, 02, 2011 at 08:51 AM Obviously you either didn't read, or didn't understand the article. Organic farming is not sustainable for large numbers of people. Also, animals don't emit greenhouse gases, only carbon dioxide, which is not, despite allegations by the global warming alarmists, a greenhouse gas. ____ Are you serious? Animals only emit carbon dioxide? Methane is what they emit and that is a greenhouse gas and also a heat trapping gas as is carbon dioxide. And that is not the opinion of alarmists, but scientists like John Tyndall as far back as the 1800s. My God some of you embarass yourselves with your lack of knowledge. And look up the report from IAASTD that states organic can indeed feed the world. Organic raises yield over time while monoculture decreases it. This is about the survival of our species, not your political pre dispositions .So tired of seeing all of these lies on the Internet.

Tom    
thr villages Fl  |  September, 02, 2011 at 08:58 AM

too much credit given to Big All for his Inconvenient movie that has been found to be riddled with inconvenient untruths. Now he's claiming the stage for his meatless nonsense and uninforned rant about food production. He knows not of what he speaks. Get off the stage Al.

fubar    
US  |  September, 02, 2011 at 09:03 AM

this from the nobel laureate that informed us that 'the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees ...' he just makes up stuff as he goes along, and assumes he will be believed 'cause he enunciates so clearly.

jan    
earth  |  September, 02, 2011 at 09:33 AM

You people need to stop using the feed the world defense to defend your destruction of this planet. Nitrogen fertilizers are now indeed a very major cause of the dead zones we see globally, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico. Also, Amazon deforestation is increasing again, primarily due to clearing land to raise cattle and also to grow GM crops that are used mainly for biofuel and animal feed. Did you know that ranchers in Brazil are now even using Agent Orange to clear land? So how is that feeding the world? There are already over a billion people who are starving in this world. What are you doing to feed them? And yet, even though you claim there are all of these people to feed, the Western world wastes millions of tons of food every year as we grow more obese. The problem is not lack of food, it is access and distribution of it and the market speculation of it by entities such as Goldman Sachs which profits off this misery. Al Gore is absolutely correct in stating that nitrogen fertilizers are now contributing to the problems we see not only with dead zones but in soil nutrient depletion. He is also correct regarding the clearing of land to use it to raise cattle, which does contribute to climate change. And he is also correct that seeking to find healthier ways to grow food is essential now to sequestering CO2 in soil and also in kicking our fossil fuel habit. Also, the proliferation of industrial agriculture in regards to pushing a monoculture GMO world is certainly not in the best interests of farmers, who are now finding they are paying more for seed, chemicals and herbicides which pests are now becoming immune to and which are proliferating the growth of superweeds and health problems. It is clear you are speaking only from an economic view, your own, rather than assessing this based on the reality.

Pineapple    
Alamaab  |  September, 02, 2011 at 09:36 AM

Question: Did Al Gore use industrial fertilizer on his tobacco farm while his sister was dieing from lung cancer?

Jan    
earth  |  September, 02, 2011 at 09:51 AM

@George Wesley Griffith Report Abuse Eastvale, CA | September, 01, 2011 at 04:57 PM In reference to Al Gore and his belief in man-made global warming, the following is a digest of the Article in the latest issue of Nature magazine. "The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth. _____ The report does not state that. There is no way cosmic rays could be causing the amount of simultaneous climactic change we see now. Influence cloud behavior at certain levels? Possibly. Climactic changes on this scale? Please, don't insult our intelligence. And TSI (total solar irradiance) has declined since the 70s while temperature has increased in concert with CO2 emissions which is the dominant forcing. You can look that up if you wish or if you dare. Also, the main scientist reporting this is a known global warming denier not in the mainstream. The science on global warming was also settled three decades ago. Graspng at straws to continue this doubt based on your own ideology is disingenuous.

Joey    
Atlanta/San Francisco  |  September, 02, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Hey Al, It's called the SUN stupid. That is what drives the warmth on this planet. It would be like sitting next to a huge campfire and complaining about someone lighting a match. "Your are going to make it too hot next to the camp fire by lighting that match"....he is such an idiot and AL I WILL NEVER EVER PAY CARBON TAXES TO YOU!

Arthur Manger    
TN  |  September, 02, 2011 at 10:33 AM

What the hell does the peace prize have to do with science? He also said in a TV interview that if you drill down a mile or more the temp is 1 million degrees, we such tap into that energy. 1 million degrees makes our planet 10 times hotter than the surface of the sun. He's a dope, always was and always will be. That why he fits right in with others in his party, say those who believe that an island can tip over.

Ralph Shaw    
Westlake, OH  |  September, 02, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Liberals never let facts get in the way!

APC    
USA  |  September, 02, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Hey, hey Big Al. let's not be talking with your mouth full.

APC    
USA  |  September, 02, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Hey, hey Big Al. let's not be talking with your mouth full.

vicki    
dayton  |  September, 02, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Al Gore is not a scientist. He is pushing his false statements because he has an agenda along with his liberal, environmentalist scheme. These schemes are another way to tax the working people of this nation and to impose more regulations and expenses for corporations....always another way to get in the pockets of those attempting to provide jobs so people may work and for the working population to be able to get a job. IF Al Gore believed all the statements he makes...why than does he eat meat? Why does Al Gore have a huge house that has a large carbon footprint? Why does Al Gore jet about in a private airplane? Al Gore is about Al Gore and how he can fleece people and line his pocket with all the money from his scheme. Al Gore is not creditable and is a joke. Hey Al...my earth does NOT HAVE A FEVER!!!

vicki    
dayton  |  September, 02, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Al Gore is not a scientist. He is pushing his false statements because he has an agenda along with his liberal, environmentalist scheme. These schemes are another way to tax the working people of this nation and to impose more regulations and expenses for corporations....always another way to get in the pockets of those attempting to provide jobs so people may work and for the working population to be able to get a job. IF Al Gore believed all the statements he makes...why than does he eat meat? Why does Al Gore have a huge house that has a large carbon footprint? Why does Al Gore jet about in a private airplane? Al Gore is about Al Gore and how he can fleece people and line his pocket with all the money from his scheme. Al Gore is not creditable and is a joke. Hey Al...my earth does NOT HAVE A FEVER!!!

lee1233    
salado, texas  |  September, 02, 2011 at 02:45 PM

Most informed political observers know full well that Al Gore is the product of a well connected rather wealthy life long democrats. Al Gore's father famously voted against Lyndon Johnson's Civil Right legislation in the 1960's. Al by all knowledgeable observers enjoyed a protective hot house upbringing going to private schools, never ever had to worry about shelter, food, clothing, transportation. It is highly rumored that Al's time in the army during his brief Vietnam tour was spent pot smoking as a reporter of sorts who by the way as the favored son of a sitting US Senator rated his own military security team. The liberal media types have never vetted Al Gore as to his college course that may have qualified him to assume the ultimate voice concerning man made global warming. A few tid bits for "Algore." Planet earth is composed of some 25% land mass and 75% covered with water. The alleged greenhouse gases are composed of from 60 to 85% water vapor. CO2 makes up about 0.035% of alleged greenhouse gases. The some 6 billion plus total population occupies about 5% of earth's land mass. A simple grade school experiment for Algore is to fill a baloon with CO2, tie a knot in it then release it to the atmosphere; much to Algore's surprise he will observe the baloon falling back to earth. Observation: CO2 is heavier than air. Al has not had to much to say about the roll of photosynthesis and the carbon cycle and how these two natural occurring reactions impact life on planet earth. All growing plants through photosynthesis take in CO2 as a waste product of all oxygen breathers and give off as a by product oxygen. Carbon is necessary for all living plant and animal life forms by supplying structure and form to the respective species. In time science will most likely determine that climate change is earth's response to the cycles of the Sun and Moon. lee1233

Fred V    
Dodge City, Kansas  |  September, 02, 2011 at 02:55 PM

Wonder if Mr. Gore is a proponent of "organic medicine"? All those nasty anesthetics, for example. "Take a pull on a bottle of whiskey and bite down on this stick", said the organic surgeon as he began removing an infected appendix. "I eliminated part of my carbon footprint by cutting down on electricity and getting rid of novocaine " said the dentist as he started drilling by candlelight with a treadle-powered drill. By the way, how would you build an organic cell phone?? or an organic iPad?? If you want to go organic, go all the way!!

setpoint    
September, 02, 2011 at 03:29 PM

Synthetic nitrogen in the form of ammonia, urea, and ammonium nitrate are so ephemeral that they must be carefully managed to be abundant and available to crops. Those do gooder types like Al Gore should consult with a soil scientist before they start talking off the top of their heads. Nitrogen is quickly lost because the nitrogen cycle. Urea volatilizes into mid air and has to be worked into the soil so its decomposition products can be save. Anhydrous ammonia has to be knifed into the soil. Ammonium nitrate is very soluble and can be lost through leaching and denitrification under wet conditions.

ProfB    
79830  |  September, 02, 2011 at 03:36 PM

why is anyone listening to Gore? He is a politician, for goodness sake! He is so dumb, he didn't even explore his list of so-called "experts" claims. The polar bear lie was the biggest laugh even before someone found out enough to challenge the farce.

D.B. Cooper    
U.S.A.  |  September, 02, 2011 at 03:56 PM

Just more hot air from the man who could run a Power-plant with his mouth

floramae    
fl.  |  September, 02, 2011 at 06:38 PM

this bloated over the top p!g is not worth commenting about, he shouldn't get the time of day.

Carol S Key    
San Clemente, CA  |  September, 03, 2011 at 03:09 AM

Can someone please loan that guy a brain?

Marian    
Marietta, Ohio  |  September, 03, 2011 at 01:05 PM

We got along just fine without Al Gore for years, Who does he think he is trying to tell the farmers there business.

Paula Haley    
Philadelphia, PA  |  September, 03, 2011 at 09:49 PM

Are there really enough uneducated, bible-thumping, idiots in this country to allow these self-serving, greedy, self-absorbed, conservatives to take over the management of this country? Do they realize AT ALL that their lack of true understanding of important political issues and true facts such as the ones Al Gore presents here are very likely going to lead to the very real demise of life as we know it? MY GOD YOU IDIOTS OPEN YOUR EYES,EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND HELP SAVE YOURSELVES AND PROTECT A FUTURE FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!!!WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???? HELP US SAVE ALL OF US!!!!

Paula Haley    
Philadelphia, PA  |  September, 03, 2011 at 09:50 PM

Are there really enough uneducated, bible-thumping, idiots in this country to allow these self-serving, greedy, self-absorbed, conservatives to take over the management of this country? Do they realize AT ALL that their lack of true understanding of important political issues and true facts such as the ones Al Gore presents here are very likely going to lead to the very real demise of life as we know it? MY GOD YOU IDIOTS OPEN YOUR EYES,EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND HELP SAVE YOURSELVES AND PROTECT A FUTURE FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!!!WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???? HELP US SAVE ALL OF US!!!!

Paula Haley    
Philadelphia, PA  |  September, 03, 2011 at 09:51 PM

Are there really enough uneducated, bible-thumping, idiots in this country to allow these self-serving, greedy, self-absorbed, conservatives to take over the management of this country? Do they realize AT ALL that their lack of true understanding of important political issues and true facts such as the ones Al Gore presents here are very likely going to lead to the very real demise of life as we know it? MY GOD YOU IDIOTS OPEN YOUR EYES,EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND HELP SAVE YOURSELVES AND PROTECT A FUTURE FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!!!WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???? HELP US SAVE ALL OF US!!!!

davidgoodboy    
Chicago, Illlinois  |  September, 04, 2011 at 06:20 PM

Al Gore (Gorleoni) is also the CEO of the EU carbon exchange. Before closing CXX (Chicago Carbon Exchange) had priciple officers of ..Obama, Leaman Bros, Berkshire Hathaway, DON'T BELIEVE MY WORDS.... INVESTIGATE IT YOURSELF. By the way I'm telling the truth .. Wouldn't you know that if the carbon gas credits goes completely global Gore, Obama, and may money laundering companies would become multi-trillionaires overnight

PAL    
Hanford, CA  |  September, 06, 2011 at 04:26 PM

Note to Al: sit down and shut up and let us farm!


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