Video: Inhofe blasts Gore for accusation of criminality for AGW skepticism

posted at 12:55 pm on March 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s set the stage properly for this moment from yesterday. Sen. James Inhofe responded to two accusations from AGW activists. Inhofe has been accused of “McCarthyism” in his demand for an investigation into potential fraud in the anthropogenic global-warming (AGW) movement, specifically basing that on the exposure of attempts to deceive governments, hide data, and sabotage skeptics at the East Anglia CRU. At the same time, however, Al Gore has no problem casting AGW skeptics as “a criminal generation” in the New York Times. Which seems more McCarthyist, and which seems more grounded in reality?

Gore has to know the edifice of alarmism is starting to crumble, so he is swinging for the fences, hoping for a home run to change the game. But Gore is striking out, as he loses his support almost daily in Congress and from the American people. Let’s face it; Gore’s side of the argument is collapsing. He and his allies are running short on facts, and Gore’s criticism of recent events rings hollow. For example, after the [C]limategate scandal broke, Gore was asked by an online publication called Slate as to what he thought of it.

Gore’s response: Well, I haven’t read all of the e-mails, but the most recent one is more than 10 years old. Obviously, of course, that is not true because they go all the way up to 2009. So all he is left with is a two-pronged fork of anger and attack. Just read the New York Times op-ed piece.

By the way, I was told his op-ed piece in the New York Times was three times larger than that which they normally will receive. He wrote that those who question climate alarmism are members of a “criminal generation.” That is me–a criminal? Is Roger Pielke, Jr., a criminal? How about Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama, Richard Lindzen of MIT, Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center? No, they haven’t committed any crimes. They just want honest, open scientific debate.

I might add that thus far the only scientists who commit crimes are those at the CRU. Again, that is the collection point of all the science that the United Nations has put together in this thing called IPCC–those involved in [C]limategate, according to findings of the UK’s Information Commissioner.

So asking questions is suddenly criminal, but destroying and hiding data, conspiring to evade government demands for information, and sabotaging the careers of colleagues who disagree or just question the methodology is not? This is a movement in the middle of an epic meltdown. Pop some low-carbon popcorn and enjoy the show.


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Al is floundering now, blindly lashing out is all he has left.

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Come on, Ed. The science is settled. Al Gore told me so. But then, Phil Jones said it wasn’t. I am so confused.

mwdiver on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

That Weekly Standard cover is great. Inhofe is a genius for using it. The worshipers of the Patron Saint AlGore will be spitting and gnashing their teeth for a whole week.

portlandon on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Al Gore’s fraud makes Bernie Madoff look like a piker.

rbj on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Al is floundering now, blindly lashing out is all he has left.

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Uh he also has that cool $100 Million bucks he has made from all of this stuff. Remember his net worth when running for President was less than $2 Million.

Johnnyreb on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

OT….

Meghan Kelley reports Whip count still at 211-220….5 votes still short.

Back to your regularly scheduled program.

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Ohhh dude, TWS cover is hilarity

ted c on March 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM

It’s the naked graphic of ManBearPig that makes it art.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Climate Change is coming to Washington DC in ’10.

portlandon on March 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

It’s Gore who needs to be accused of a crime…

wildcat84 on March 16, 2010 at 1:05 PM

No, they haven’t committed any crimes. They just want honest, open scientific debate.

But questioning leftism is a crime to leftists. Just ask Alan Grayson.

UltimateBob on March 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Climate Change is coming to Washington DC in ‘10.

portlandon on March 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

It sure is! It’s going to be a chilly November for a lot of Democrats.

UltimateBob on March 16, 2010 at 1:07 PM

It’s the naked graphic of ManBearPig that makes it art.

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

amerpundit: Especially if displayed within a mason jar
of urine!!:)

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM

TWS cover is pure genius. GENIUS, I tell you!

uknowmorethanme on March 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM

To think this buffoon was almost POTUS.

rjoco1 on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM

So asking questions is suddenly criminal, but destroying and hiding data, conspiring to evade government demands for information, and sabotaging the careers of colleagues who disagree or just question the methodology is not?

Hmmmmmm….. lets see….

So asking questions is suddenly criminal to be made fun of by giving them silly names, but destroying and hiding data via Executive order, conspiring to evade government the peoples demands for information by aruging in Court (successfully) that they don’t even have the right to ask the question, and sabotaging the careers of colleagues (JD Hayworth?) who disagree or just question the methodology is not?

Hmmmm… interesting when you put that origional statement and compare it to how Birthers are treated…

Romeo13 on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Liberal Left brain,is opposite of the Right brain!!

To the Liberal,evil is good!

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM

And just think, with ObamaCare bill as law, we all will have the ability to pursue our dreams of being an artist

Electrongod on March 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Al Gore has no problem casting AGW skeptics as “a criminal generation”

Painting the AGW skeptics as criminals is his attempt to insulate himself from the same charge.

He has made millions of dollars peddling AGW as settled science.

The science of AGW who the should be called a criminal is indeed settled, Gore wins.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

You don’t question Hugo Chavez or Global Warming …

You farkin’ criminals!!

Looks like Gore is using Sean Penn tactics now on the people he disagrees with.

Yawn.

HondaV65 on March 16, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Slighty OT: Why is Sen. James Inhofe berating the GOP for the earmark moratorium?

WashJeff on March 16, 2010 at 1:14 PM

That Weekly Standard cover is great. Inhofe is a genius for using it. The worshipers of the Patron Saint AlGore will be spitting and gnashing their teeth for a whole week.

portlandon on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

+1,000. I still can’t believe Inhofe used that cover! I love ridicule. The GOP needs to do a lot more of it because it’s an effective way to shake people into reality–on many issues. Too bad the GOP didn’t develop any good ridicule for healthcare.

BuckeyeSam on March 16, 2010 at 1:15 PM

” Al Gore has no problem casting AGW skeptics as “a criminal generation”…”

May those words come back to him and bite him right in the a%s…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 16, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Uh he also has that cool $100 Million bucks he has made from all of this stuff. Remember his net worth when running for President was less than $2 Million.

Johnnyreb on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Well that makes me feel better. I thought it was closer to a billion. Wasn’t he supposed to be the first carbon billionaire?

misterpeasea on March 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Hmmmm… interesting when you put that origional statement and compare it to how Birthers are treated…

Romeo13 on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM

The only difference between the two groups is that the AGW’ers got themselves computer models.

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Just think…..that POS Gore almost became POTUS.

There are some really really gullable souls out there in major American Cities, and that is where Presidents are elected.

saiga on March 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Edifice? What edifice?

If people don’t eat the dog food (Juan Williams) there’s no edifice, there’s no movement, there’s only doom, and gloom, and no AGW. There’s no future edifice, its over for this production line of snake oil.

I love that Weekly Standard cover BTW. Gore as a knuckle dragging naked freezing refrigerator salesman, is just too precious.

Speakup on March 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM

May those words come back to him and bite him right in the a%s…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 16, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Reminds me of that scene in “Mulan”.

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM

I love that Weekly Standard cover BTW. Gore as a knuckle dragging naked freezing refrigerator salesman, is just too precious.

Speakup on March 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM

The laughing polar bears was a good touch as well.

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM

So all he is left with is a two-pronged fork of anger and attack. Just read the New York Times op-ed piece.

I’d be angry too if I were watching my whole lucrative scam coming apart along with any relevance on the world stage. The inconvenient truth is that no scam will last forever.

highhopes on March 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Goracle is sounding more and more like Dan Rather as bothe are now blowing in the wind on false but accurate claims.

Annar on March 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Meghan Kelley reports Whip count still at 211-220….5 votes still short.

Back to your regularly scheduled program.

Knucklehead on March 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

This is somewhat meaningless. When the end comes, it will be with a big announcement that all the votes have been purchased and in coordination with press statements from the White House.

highhopes on March 16, 2010 at 1:23 PM

The GOP are pathetic on this issue. They should be co-ordinating calls and proposals to charge the conspirators. Instead, it`s left up to a few like Inhofe to do it on his own. Bringing down the AGW hoax could be a game changer for the world, but fake conservatives like most in the GOP are just too stupid to see it.
The GOP is just as much a part of the problem….

gozzak on March 16, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Pop some low-carbon popcorn and enjoy the show.

I think I’ll light off a whole bag of charcoal in my barbeque, let it burn for an hour and half, or however long it takes until it’s down to nice low embers, then I’ll put the grate on and pop up one of these–I’ll the enjoy the show even more that way.

smellthecoffee on March 16, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Frankly, in the hermetically sealed universe of Al Gore, I think it has now come to the point where God Himself could now come down from Heaven with the other two members of the Trinity and a multitude of the Heavenly Host in tow and proclaim directly to Gore’s face in a chorus of fire and thunder that Global Warming is a complete sham and a hoax, and Gore would, with a perfectly straight face, denounce God as a skeptic and a member of the “criminal generation”!

pilamaye on March 16, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Al Gore is a mentally ill ignorant arrogant jackass and our country is very fortunate he failed to steal the 2000 election.

NoDonkey on March 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM

But remember….without Gore, blogs like HotAir wouldn’t exist. Thanks for inventing the internet, Al.

OH, and STFU!!!!!

search4truth on March 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM

GREAT PROP — The Weekly Standard

John the Libertarian on March 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM

So asking questions is suddenly criminal, but destroying and hiding data, conspiring to evade government demands for information, and sabotaging the careers of colleagues who disagree or just question the methodology is not? This is a movement in the middle of an epic meltdown. Pop some low-carbon popcorn and enjoy the show.

It is now. Anyone listening to Rush? He had just talked to a woman who called in, and said the fainting at the shut up tour yesterday was b.s. A man was dragged out by police, because he was in opposition to this health care crap. So he was arrested, or at the very least, removed from the forum, and Obama then stood, lied, and said he fainted. This woman who called in, then said another woman turned to Obama and said….how dare you. As if to say, how dare you lie, and close off freedom of speech.

So yes. We’ll all be criminals very soon, if we aren’t already. Remember….according to Homeland….we’re terrorists.

capejasmine on March 16, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Treacher weighs in

John the Libertarian on March 16, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Al Gore truly combines the very worst traits and characteristics of Joe McCarthy, Charles Dawson (no, not Charles Darwin), Bernie Madoff and Father Firenzuola. He has also gotten awfully damned fat. Maybe he will die of a heart attack and stop exhaling so much carbon.

MB4 on March 16, 2010 at 1:38 PM

The nerve of the High Priest of GlobalWarming!
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“There is no controlling legal authority that says this was in violation of law.” — Al Gore

canopfor on March 16, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Here’s the Weekly Standard article.

Plus a photo close-up.

JammieWearingFool on March 16, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The laughing polar bears was a good touch as well.

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I didn’t see them, they must be able to see what we can’t.

Speakup on March 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Able to guzzle more energy than dozens of normal men! Producing more hot air than a locomotive! Able to pile up carbon credits higher than a tall building in a single bound!!!

Look UP in the sky! It’s ChickenLittle! It’s FlyingSnakeOilSalesman! It’s the Sultan of Hanging Chads! It’s the Ayatollah of Heat! It’s the High Priest of the Inquisition! No, it’s CarbonMan in a private jet painted green! And now following in the tradition of other great men such as Jimmy Carter and Yasir Arafat, he is the proud recipient of a Nobel Prize!!!

CarbonMan, strange visitor from an alternate reality who came to Earth with claims and scary predictions far beyond those of any sane and honest man, disguised as Fat Albert, and now joined by other members of the Royal GreenLeague such as BioFuelHummerMan and EcoCleaningWoman, they all fight a never ending battle for science-fiction, hypocrisy, power grabbing, money grubbing and the Hollywood way!

MB4 on March 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM

There are some really really gullable souls out there in major American Cities, and that is where Presidents are elected.

saiga on March 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

They’re gullible, because they don’t have to think. The liberals that control them, do their thinking for them.

capejasmine on March 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Don’t worry, Gore, there’s always Manbearpig.

Daggett on March 16, 2010 at 1:53 PM

…destroying and hiding data, conspiring to evade government demands for information, and sabotaging the careers of colleagues who disagree or just question the methodology is….

Called “science”! At least that what it’s called in NewSpeak.

GarandFan on March 16, 2010 at 1:54 PM

“…an online publication called Slate…”

Heh. Subtle jab, there.

KS Rex on March 16, 2010 at 1:57 PM

I didn’t see them, they must be able to see what we can’t.

Speakup on March 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Lower right hand corner.

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Algore is Latin for cool.

Heh.

Akzed on March 16, 2010 at 2:05 PM

smellthecoffee on March 16, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Throw some spotted owls on that grill, and I’ll be over with BBQ sauce and a cheesecake pie.

Laura in Maryland on March 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Here’s a cover image blow up.

Weekly Standard Cover features Al Gore

Speakup on March 16, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Algore is Latin for cool.

Heh.

Akzed on March 16, 2010 at 2:05 PM

algor -oris m. [cold].

Latin to English translation… and this one is more… appropriate?

Romeo13 on March 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

RICO charges for all involved in the world’s biggest con!

jukin on March 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

My son is taking post-Bar Mitzvah classes on Monday nights through the local synagogues. Last night, they had a substitute teacher. They watched An Inconvenient Truth. When the movie ended, my son piped up with “you know this movie is based on bad science and lies, don’t you?” He said you could hear a pin drop. The teacher asked what he was talking about, and Alexander started rattling off some of the facts about the faulty temperature records, bad computer code, misleading studies, etc. Nobody had anything to say back to him.

I’m so proud of him! I’ve created a skeptic!!!!

*happy dance*

nukemhill on March 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

nukemhill on March 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Oh wow! That took guts!!! Kudos to your son!!! :D

capejasmine on March 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

. Nobody had anything to say back to him.

I’m so proud of him! I’ve created a skeptic!!!!

*happy dance*

nukemhill on March 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

“But I’m freezing my ass off out here!” a little child cried out at last. “Just hear what that innocent says!” said the father: and one whispered to another what the child had said. “But it is cold out here!” said the whole people at length. That touched Barack Obama, for it seemed to him that they were right; but the thought within himself was, “I must go through with feeling all the Global Warming. I do not dare to do otherwise” And so he held himself a little higher, and his aides held on tighter than ever, and proclaimed the Global Warming which did not exist at all.

MB4 on March 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

But, but, but…… if we just listen to Bil Al, the environment’s pal, America will be able to run on sunshine and breezes!

darwin-t on March 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM

There’s criminality out there with respect to AGW – and Gore’s at the center of it.

Midas on March 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM

nukemhill on March 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Oh wow! That took guts!!! Kudos to your son!!! :D

capejasmine on March 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

When nukemhill’s son comes home at the top of his science class
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The Hotair men will cheer and shout
The Hotair ladies they will all turn out
And we’ll all feel great when nukemhill’s son comes home at the top of his science class

The old synagogue bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our enlightened boy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The Hotair lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way
And we’ll all feel great when nukemhill’s son comes home at the top of his science class

Get ready for the Victory for Truth Jubilee
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give our hero science student three times three
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his father’s loyal brow
And we’ll all feel great when nukemhill’s son comes home at the top of his science class

Let truth and intellect rule from that day
Hurrah, hurrah!
Their choicest pleasures then display
Hurrah, hurrah!
And let each one perform some part
To destroy the Global Warming fraud with all their heart
And we’ll all feel great when nukemhill’s son comes home at the top of his science class

Cheshire Cat on March 16, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I might add that thus far the only scientists who commit crimes are those at the CRU.

Bazinga!!!

Coulter, Breitbart, Bachmann, Inohofe…may more and more patriotic Americans find the cajones to finally start smacking these Leftists parasites in the face with the truth about their immorality and criminality.

rvastar on March 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM

How destitute must a people be? How devoid of self reflection must a people be to believe in, and actually support, dire nonsense from The One as well as ManBearPig?

obleo on March 16, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Peer reviewed study finds that arctic oceans were warmer than today during the medieval warm period.

http://www.c3headlines.com/2010/03/2010-peerreviewed-research-greenland-ice-cores-confirm-arctic-areas-warmer-during-medieval-period.html

MarkTheGreat on March 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

How fitting that the South Park “ManBearPig” episode aired last night on rerun.

I laughed just like the polar bears on the Weekly Standard cover.

gonnjos on March 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Al’s oxymoron~ settled science~ has been gored.

Keep on his sorry behind until he cries: “I lied!”

profitsbeard on March 16, 2010 at 3:28 PM

No, they haven’t committed any crimes. They just want honest, open scientific debate.

I think the statute in question is Title 1984, “crimethink”.

malclave on March 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM

nukemhill on March 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

+1000

Heh.

RD on March 16, 2010 at 4:07 PM

misterpeasea on March 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

That was predicated on the U.S. passing Cr&p and Tax with him being on the ground floor of the Carbon Market. Now that the Carbon Markets are collapsing maybe he’ll lose most of that 100 million. As a dim he is part of the meltdown that cost Americans several trillion dollars in wealth so I wouldn’t shed a tear if he lost most of his wealth.

chemman on March 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM

nukemhill on March 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Awesome. You earned your daddy stripes with that.

BTW: What the h*ll does AGW propaganda have to do with Post Bar Mitzvah classes?

chemman on March 16, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Since we are all criminals now, is it a crime to post this story about it being the coldest/wettest winter evah in Georgia?:

The average mean temperature in north Georgia this winter was near the fourth percentile. At the fourth percentile, 96 of 100 winters would be warmer.

Buy Danish on March 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

AGW may be “settled science”, but it sure ain’t solid science.

RD on March 16, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Hence, we conclude that for southwest Greenland, various portions of the MWP (AD 700-1100) were warmer than they have been over the last several years.”

MTG,
Here is the conclusion from your citing.

I don’t see how this is necessarily consistent with this statement of yours:

Peer reviewed study finds that arctic oceans were warmer than today during the medieval warm period.

It even might be true that Arctic Oceans were warmer than they are now (I don’t seen anywhere that this has been suggested). In any case, what is your point here?

oakland on March 16, 2010 at 4:50 PM

AGW may be “settled science”, but it sure ain’t solid science.

Settled? In what way is it “settled”?

oakland on March 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM

And this is why I’m a proud out-of-state contributor to the last Inhofe re-election campaign.

(Note to RNC: You need to support more Inhofe’s and fewer RINO’s if you ever want to be considered for my contributions again)

landlines on March 16, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Well put Senator.

Mojave Mark on March 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM

You neaderthals! The emails were fake, but accurate. The planet has a fever. Stop clinging to your religion and guns and while you’re at it…hold your breath.

Huckabye-Romney on March 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Does this mean no more poems from Algore?

BrainofS on March 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Man, I can’t stand Al Gore.

Jones Zemkophill on March 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Settled? In what way is it “settled”?

oakland on March 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Your friends have been claiming that it is settled for decades, that’s how they justify demands that anyone who disagrees with them be jailed.

MarkTheGreat on March 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM