Gore’s $300 million campaign

posted at 8:30 am on March 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

No, it’s not for the presidency, although some Democrats may look wistfully at Al Gore’s launch of his newest global-warming initiative and wonder what might have been. The former VP has garnered almost as much as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to start an ad blitz to generate support for global-warming initiatives. The ads will feature some strange bedfellows, such as Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton:

Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a $300 million, bipartisan campaign to try to push climate change higher on the nation’s political agenda.

The three-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection will begin Wednesday with network television advertising that will include “American Idol” and other non-traditional shows that reach a non-news audience.

The debut ad, “Anthem,” is posted here.

Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton just filmed an ad for the “We Campaign,” sitting on a couch on the beach. In the ad, now being produced, they say that while they may not agree on many things, they do agree that they have to work to save the planet.

A future couple in the “strange bedfellows” or “unlikely alliances” will be recorded soon: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

What other strange bedfellows can Gore pair for his campaign? Jeremiah Wright and David Duke? Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Dupre? The possibilities here seem endless, but Gore might consider John McCain and Barack Obama, too.

This tends to discount the idea that Gore will take on a run for President at this time. Most of his fund-raising efforts have gone into his pet project, as has most of his attention. Building a bipartisan base for this new project would be difficult if Gore switched gears and threw himself back into presidential politics. People like Newt Gingrich and Pat Robertson would stop taking Gore’s calls, and the initiative would wither on the vine.

Democrats will have to find another Deus ex machina to resolve their coming primary-season meltdown, and they need to do it quickly. Who else can they find to act as a “strange bedfellow” as the top seed on the ticket with either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the lower slot? Is Walter Mondale still available? Michael Dukakis? George McGovern?


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As funny as it is to watch the Democrats desperately look for a way to avoid their coming train wreck, Al won’t take the nomination. For a man of his ego, President of the United States is a step down: only Savior of the Planet is worthy of The Goracle. (All bow.)

irishspy on March 31, 2008 at 8:35 AM

They got to get an ad blitz going, because the science is beginning to completely unravel, with temperatures dropping this decade. They got to get people on board with global environmental dictatorship before it becomes too obvious they are full of it.

michaelo on March 31, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Newt, what happened….

Darksean on March 31, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Newt has been indulging in KoolAid I’m afraid. :(

evilned on March 31, 2008 at 8:44 AM

FORT KENT, Maine — It’s official. The 2007-08 snow season in northern Maine is one for the record books. Just in time for the start of spring.

The old record of 181.1 inches of snow recorded in Caribou, set in 1955, was shattered by noontime Friday when the National Weather Service in Caribou recorded 182.5 inches of snow since the start of the season.

It didn’t stop there.

Heavy snow and winds gusting up to 50 mph continued throughout the day, creating blizzard conditions around much of northern Maine and causing numerous vehicle accidents and headaches for municipalities already overextended with snow removal budgets.

Several areas around the globe have recorded record snowfall and cold temperatures this year; therefore the need for the Goracle to change his rants from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”…

Keemo on March 31, 2008 at 8:45 AM

So, now Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton are on the same page?

Fine by me. I’ve never had a very high opinion of either one of them.


When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong- faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.

-Bene Gesserit Proverb, from Dune by Frank Herbert

Even if the religion is “global warming”.

cheers

eon

eon on March 31, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Obama said he would have left his church if Wright had not left. After 20 years of hearing anti-American racist ranting he was finally ready to maybe, possibly, perhaps walk out. I would only need to hear a pastor talk about “saving the planet” one time and I would be gone. With so much that could be done to relieve human suffering NOW, it is monumental waste of time and money.

sheriff246 on March 31, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Gee, I had no idea anyone was promoting this global warming myth.

Must have missed those dozens of daily stories warning of impending doom.

Nice to see some people have $300 million to throw around to promote awareness.

Just think how many kids could get healthcare for all that dough.

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Would Al gore step in to save the day,no I don’t
think so,Al has a destiny,a higher calling if you will,
and yes a higher calling of saving all of us from
destroying the earth!

No this man’s on a mission to save us all,and in the
60 minute piece,after the election with Bush he was
devastated,basically he admitted to loosing it!

canopfor on March 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Such, blind, arrogance!

OldEnglish on March 31, 2008 at 9:04 AM

9 words: Coldest winter in Montana in five or six years.

And it snowed again last night. I guess global warming is only believable if you live in Southern California or if you’re a sucker. I can guarantee everyone I know here laughs everytime global warming is brought up.

And $300 million??? I agree with Jammie Wearing Fool, won’t someone think of the children???

mjk on March 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Okay, I guess I can count on the MSM to begin disclosing any day now how Al Gore reaps financial reward from this scam, right? He’s now collected $300 million to advertise a cause that benefits him directly. But, sure, he’s doing it because he cares… right? And as for Newt… what the fuh? His ego could never take the fact that he was so loathed by so many. (As opposed to Delay who wore it like a badge of honor.) So now Newt is playing footsie with the environwackos to show he’s not such a bad guy, right? Gag.

Sugar Land on March 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Gingrich has become just another Big-Government Republican.
I never understood his appeal. He’s boring, pedantic and very deserving of his long-term negative numbers.

I agree with what Barry Goldwater said about Gingrich:
“The damn boy talks too much.”

Now look at what he is proposing to double the size of our government by making us all slaves to the carbon credit scamsters like Gore and his buddies.

TexasJew on March 31, 2008 at 9:08 AM

If Al Gore really wants to save the world from CO2 overload, let him turn off the heat to his swimming pool, live in only four rooms of his mansion, and travel only in commercial jets. He could save us all a little extra CO2 if he would stop breathing.

Steve Z on March 31, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Another method for the government to intervene in our lives, these politicians don’t care about the science.

WisCon on March 31, 2008 at 9:09 AM

And just how many trees and tons of coal is this $300 million campaign consume? What’s the carbon footprint?

Let’s see Al Gore give up his private jet first.

rbj on March 31, 2008 at 9:09 AM

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Yep. $300 million could buy a ton of insurance.

Properly invested, that could buy at least $1 million dollars of insurance each month @ $200/child = insurance for 5000 kids.

At least. Cause that doesn’t include the jobs created with that $300 million; jobs with insurance benefits.

But libtards don’t understand investment captial.

davidk on March 31, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Obama said he would have left his church if Wright had not left. After 20 years of hearing anti-American racist ranting he was finally ready to maybe, possibly, perhaps walk out. I would only need to hear a pastor talk about “saving the planet” one time and I would be gone. With so much that could be done to relieve human suffering NOW, it is monumental waste of time and money.

sheriff246 on March 31, 2008 at 8:51 AM

funky chicken on March 31, 2008 at 9:11 AM

9 words: Coldest winter in Montana in five or six years.

And it snowed again last night. I guess global warming is only believable if you live in Southern California or if you’re a sucker. I can guarantee everyone I know here laughs everytime global warming is brought up.

And $300 million??? I agree with Jammie Wearing Fool, won’t someone think of the children???

mjk on March 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Hey, we’re shivering down here in central Alabama too. Yeah, it’s a different level of cold (only gonna be 70 today!) but the whole “global warming” thing is getting more and more ludicrous.

funky chicken on March 31, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Now a real good pair of opposites on that couch on the beach would be Tawana Brawley and Steven Pagones…think that will happen ?

DoctorDentons on March 31, 2008 at 9:15 AM

There are multiple better things that could be done with 300 Million than this charade. If Gore had even taken Science 101 it would be obvious to him that the whole myth is unraveling. All of the reasonable science produced recently has totally disproved all the “doom and gloom”. I guess Al’s big ego just can’t let go of such a successful gig.

duff65 on March 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

This tends to discount the idea that Gore will take on a run for President at this time.

There has NEVER been a chance that Gore will ever run for any political office again because he is making millions each month from his Carbon Credit trading companies. The reason he made his movie was to promote his carbon credit trading companies the he formed 2 years before the movie. Go check out http://www.generationim.com/ which is his main company, but he is involved in I think at least 10 others also. He has been working with the UN to allow his Generation company to set the standards for Carbon Credit trading based on the UN Kyoto protocol and all future ones.

JeffinSac on March 31, 2008 at 9:22 AM

$300 million eh? The only thing warming is my heart knowing all this money is being wasted on a lost liberal cause.

Yakko77 on March 31, 2008 at 9:24 AM

A future couple in the “strange bedfellows” or “unlikely alliances” will be recorded soon: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

SUCH an unwelcome mental image…

Maquis on March 31, 2008 at 9:27 AM

The science about Global Warming is, and has been, refuted enough times that thinking people (The Goracle’s #1 Enemy) don’t buy into it. Now, however, a new advertising campaign is targeted at the emotional thinkers (read Democrat/Socialist). Keep telling the lie long enough and people will begin to accept it as fact.

Tell you what, Al, start riding a bicycle to and from work (does wonders for that ever growing waistline), drop the entourage motorcades, the personal jet, sell your house and live in a cave. Do that and I’ll think about global warming.

SeniorD on March 31, 2008 at 9:31 AM

I’m trying to offset the Goracle by getting myself up to a carbon footprint the size of Wyoming and maintaining it.

Kowboy on March 31, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Okay, I am so sick of Dems talking about how terrible the economy is and how badly everyone is struggling and how poor we all are, and yet somehow between Obama, Clinton, and Gore, they seem to have raised almost enough money to pay off the national debt (which, of course, they won’t do). Where the heck is all this money coming from?!

aero on March 31, 2008 at 9:36 AM

What other strange bedfellows can Gore pair for his campaign?

Bill and Hillary fall under that description.

300 million huh? That amount of money still doesn’t convince me that man-made Global Warming is real. We spend a heck of a lot more money on Santa Claus each year.

fogw on March 31, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Here’s my problem with Al Gore and Global Warming/Climate Change: If they had the “facts” there would be no need for “consensus” among the scientific community, eh?

saltydogg14 on March 31, 2008 at 9:43 AM

… Al won’t take the nomination. For a man of his ego, President of the United States is a step down: only Savior of the Planet is worthy of The Goracle. (All bow.)

irishspy on March 31, 2008 at 8:35 AM

I think you’re exactly right – being savior doesn’t require him to do anything or be responsible to anyone; it’s the perfect job for the gore. As president, he might actually have to make hard decisions and reality may not contradict his rhetoric – kinda like in 1997 when the Clinton administration killed kyoto.

landshark on March 31, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Newt’s been on the GoreWagon for a while now. He was the brilliant architect of the GOP takeover of Congress, but I think he’s been going goofy ever since he fell into sexual scandal.

jgapinoy on March 31, 2008 at 9:52 AM

It puts an ache in my cold little conservative heart that Newt would allow himself to be used by this hoaxer.

Soon Algore will be the planet’s most influential leftist since Karl Marx.

petefrt on March 31, 2008 at 9:58 AM

They got to get an ad blitz going, because the science is beginning to completely unravel, with temperatures dropping this decade.

Exactly- that’s what the scientific community is starting to say. As melting of the arctic accelerates, it’s more and more clear that it’s happening because temperatures are falling. As temperatures continue falling, expect to see arctic glacier melting accelerate. It’s science.

bayam on March 31, 2008 at 9:58 AM

These (supposedly) anti global warming initiatives needs to be stopped before they cause rampant worldwide inflation.

xyan on March 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM

I really wish Newt wasn’t involved with this.

CP on March 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Hide your money. If you think the economy is stalled or going down hill you haven’t seen anything yet. If these clowns actually follow through and adopt the cap/trade Ponzi scheme to try to enforce their claims based on pseudo-science then move your assets to India and China as I don’t think they’ll tank their new found growth to put more money into Al Gore’s carbon trading shell corporations.

Actually the Earth has been on a cooling trend for the last five years and the global warming gang are trying to explain away why sea temperatures have not risen according to their scientifically flawed models. (Sea temperature is a fundamental predictor in all these models.) Since the ordinary citizen will never master enough math and physics to analyze the deficiencies in the models the high priests like Goracle can deliver their delphic pronouncements and the sheep may follow.

All three leading presidential candidates support this crap so we’ll all pay the piper no matter who wins. The funny part is when next winter is somewhat like this one and the trend continues for a few years the new spiel will be. “Your prompt action has saved us from the global warming disaster (thanks for the cash rubes) but it seems we’ve overshot the mark so dig deep again because we must now fight the impending ice age.”–Son of Goracle.

P.T. Barnum got it wrong, at least in frequency; a better estimate would be “There’s a sucker born every second.”

Annar on March 31, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Correction: gang is NOT gang are

Annar on March 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Will Girth Gore’s new team of doomprophets all be wearing earth tones and packing socks?

whitetop on March 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Is it just me, or does Gore actually look insane? You gotta hand it to him though…he got really rich selling his global warming snake oil.

orlandocajun on March 31, 2008 at 10:22 AM

AH, but remember, it is now “climate change”. “Global warming” is out. That covers all bases for these wackos. News releases from “The Goracle” are section 1 page 1. News about a scientist interview in Australia saying global warming is much ado about nothing, section 2 page 14. You put 10 scientists in a room. You couldn’t all 10 to agree on why black is black, and white is white. No consensus, therefore you have science.

pueblo1032 on March 31, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Methinks the joke will eventually be all on Al. And fairly soon.

Despite the not so subtle shift of product labeling, from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’, the forces that they’re mis-representing as the basis for their agenda driven scare campaign are far, far beyond their power to actually influence, and are already departing from ‘the script’.

And despite the hurculean efforts to re-write or re-visualize the rantings, and thus claim that they were ‘rignt, all along’, the Goracle and his disciples of doom are actually working tirelessly to ultimately destroy whatever credibility they may have or ever hope to have.

Beclown on, Al, Beclown on…

Perhaps in a few years “To Algore” may become synonymous with loudly trumpeting something completely idiotic just so people will listen and nod, sort of like intentional tourettes.

Wind Rider on March 31, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Who else can they find to act as a “strange bedfellow” as the top seed on the ticket with either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the lower slot? Is Walter Mondale still available? Michael Dukakis? George McGovern?

Jimmy Carter is tanned, rested and ready!

gridlock2 on March 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

What I want to know is who put up the $300 million for this propaganda push? The goracle says he contributed all the profit from his oscar-winning global warming powerpoint slide show, along with the money he got from his not-so-nobel peace prize. That still leaves an awful lot unaccounted for.

Find out exactly who is contributing the money to push this garbage down our throats and the picture becomes much less murky, I’ll bet.

How would one go about uncovering info like that? The msm isn’t going to do it. But someone should.

techno_barbarian on March 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

The three-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection will begin Wednesday with network television advertising that will include “American Idol” and other non-traditional shows that reach a non-news audience.

So the “strategy” is to attract large masses of mindless idiots to the cause. Brilliant and scary. We have a long, hard fight ahead of us.

Zetterson on March 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

…then move your assets to India and China as I don’t think they’ll tank their new found growth to put more money into Al Gore’s carbon trading shell corporations.
Annar on March 31, 2008 at 10:03 AM

On Glenn Beck’s show this morning, I believe it was Christopher Monckton (Apocalypse No) who suggested that $300 million is such a large sum it was likely funded in part by dirty money, such as China and possibly India.

In any event, it’s a large enough sum for us to insist on some answers. Where did this money come from! In his non-interview with Leslie Stahl, he told us he contributed several millions. But where did the other $290 million come from?

petefrt on March 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Weather Channel founder, John Coleman, says the way to force Gore debate the science behind his scam is to sue him for fraud.

Pumping $300 million into a propaganda campaign is enough to make even Stalin proud. It’s frightening, to say the least.

I think Coleman is correct. I wish I saw someone taking the initiative on it. Soon it’ll be too late. The damage will be done.

petefrt on March 31, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Nice to see some people have $300 million to throw around to promote awareness.

Just think how many kids could get healthcare for all that dough.

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

I was thinking along the lines of funding research for technology that really works, to create alternate fuels that really are self-sustaining and don’t compete with our food sources.
And I agree with the above posts, we ought to be able to see where all the dough came from.
This advertising is simply another way for Gore to feed his giant ego, and waste an incredible amount of energy, par for the course.

4shoes on March 31, 2008 at 11:47 AM

When was the last time a scientific theory needed a PR campaign to be accepted? (Michurinism comes to mind.) Anybody who thinks AGW has anything to do with science anymore doesn’t know what the word means. It’s all about the power to tell people what to do; who has it, and who doesn’t.

Socratease on March 31, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Where can I get some of this Global Warming that he’s advertising? It’s 40 today in North Carolina, and I’d like to buy some Global Warming? Or at least some Local Warming. Gore is an idiot or an ideaologue or both.

fleiter on March 31, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Global warming deniers are like Bigfoot deniers and like people who think that “24′ was filmed in a Hollywood studio.

MB4 on March 31, 2008 at 1:14 PM

$300 mil pulled from deep pocket do-gooders is chump change to the $$$ that Big Al will make trading bogus carbon credits. cap and trade, it’s the new pollution credit.

TheCulturalist on March 31, 2008 at 2:21 PM

How much carbon will be emitted from producing and transmitting these ads?

ThePrez on March 31, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Michael Dukakis? George McGovern?

George Michael!!

rhodeymark on March 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Gore is actually Googles Android in beta

Drunk Report on March 31, 2008 at 2:35 PM

And please, nobody forget that our lovely nominee John S. McCain is also a fellow hunter of t3h ManBearPig.

ErikTheRed on March 31, 2008 at 2:42 PM

And please, nobody forget that our lovely nominee John S. McCain is also a fellow hunter of t3h ManBearPig.

ErikTheRed on March 31, 2008 at 2:42 PM

I’m hoping that with McC now out of the toxic “let’s make a deal” environs of Congress, those in the know will pull him aside and explain to him how the climate actually works. What works in Congress isn’t what works when you are sitting at the Big Desk.

Sort of like how in Independence Day, the Pres was told the truth about Area 51. Only this would be in reverse. No Aliens = No MMGW.

My appologies to any Trekkies out there…

TheCulturalist on March 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM

$ 300,000,000.00 campaign !!! Hmmmmm … seems like people have found some holes in the Global Warming Heist !!!

aniladesai on March 31, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Spending all that money for ads…yet, he’s never debated a single skeptic. The debate was over as soon as he stepped onto the scene.

budorob on March 31, 2008 at 6:50 PM