Former Vice President Al Gore spoke at an Aspen Institute media forum on Thursday, discussing a subject with which he has become synonymous: global warming.
According to Real Aspen, Gore referenced the book Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, which discusses how corporate lobbyists have influenced the climate change debate.
Gore reportedly said tobacco companies “succeeded in delaying the implementation of the surgeon general’s report for 40 years — 40 years! In every one of those 40 years the average number of Americans killed by cigarettes each year exceeded the total number of Americans killed in all of World War II: 450,000 per year. My sister was one of them… It was evil, evil, evil.”
Gore then said that a similar lobbying model “was transported whole cloth into the climate debate. And some of the exact same people — I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bulls–t! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bulls–t! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bulls–t!”
According to the blog, then “Gore lamented the diminished role that reason and fact-based analysis play in modern U.S. politics.”