Goracle: I could have saved the planet had I been elected president

Ok – he didn’t say it in those exact words, but I’m sure that’ll be the exact impression you get when you read this piece from the UK Independent (emphasis added):

In an extraordinary outburst aimed at America’s failure to tackle global warming, Al Gore says that if scientific agreement on the climate crisis had been reached sooner it would have been easier to “galvanise the public and persuade Congress to act”.

The failed presidential candidate claims that the stronger scientific consensus he knew was about to emerge meant “we in the US were about to shift into high gear in addressing the climate crisis”. Mr Gore argues that if he had made it to the White House, he would have been able to use the office as a “bully pulpit” to achieve change.

“The nature and severity of the climate crisis had seemed painfully obvious to me for quite a long time,” claims Mr Gore, writing in a new foreword to a revised edition of his book, Earth in the Balance, being published this week.

In a swipe at the scientific community, he says: “I wish that we could have had in the 1990s the deafening scientific consensus that has emerged in more recent years.”

Mr Gore accuses his nemesis, President George Bush, of having taken “virtually no steps to address the problem. Worse, he and Vice President Cheney have led the nation in precisely the wrong direction.”

He goes on to detail how the Bush administration reversed a pledge to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, pulled out of negotiations on the Kyoto treaty and replaced key scientific advisers with ones suggested by oil giant ExxonMobil.

The point of no return will be reached within 10 years, the former vice president says, and we cannot wait any longer to solve the crisis. He blames a focus on instant gratification for the “exclusion of long-term consequences in our decisions and policies” and writes about his “mission of solving the climate crisis”. His Oscar-winning documentary on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, became the surprise box-office hit of 2006.

Mr Gore claims that concerns over the environment formed his “principal agenda for eight years in the White House”. But he is light on details of what he did while in office, beyond a brief mention of his work with the Kyoto treaty (which was never ratified by Congress).

During his tenure as vice president, America’s carbon dioxide emissions shot up far faster than at any time in modern history – by 15 per cent, compared to just 1.65 per cent during President Bush’s first term.

Heh. I’m sure that was the Republicans in Congress’ fault … remember, nothing is ever Gore’s fault. He’s always one who is ahead of the curve.

The graphic Noel Sheppard has up is almost perfect for this story – and the egomaniac it’s about. It would have been perfect had it included the face of the fire-breathing Al.

“You will listen. And you will learn!!!!!!!”

More: Slate.com‘s Emily Yoffe chastizes Gore and his gloom and doom predictions about the environment.

Great news: Dry cleaner wins in defending itself against frivolous lawsuit

Remember the lawsuit I blogged about back in early May about the idiot Washington, DC judge who was suing his dry cleaner for $54 million (at one point it was $67 million) over a pair of lost pants?

Well, the court ruled in favor of the dry cleaners (Custom Cleaners) today. And they also ordered the idiot judge who started the lawsuit (Roy L. Pearson) to pay the court costs of the dry cleaners.

Justice has prevailed :)

I hope they get a lot more business because of this.

Today’s USSC rulings

The USSC today issued several rulings, some of which I think you’ll find of interest. Lyle Denniston at the SCOTUSblog has a roundup of the rulings here, and I’ll highlight the ones I’m talking about:

In the second decision of the day, also written by Alito and again dividing the Court 5-4, the Justices ruled that taxpayers do not have standing to sue to challenge the White House program on federal aid to faith-based organizations. The Court did not overrule Flast v. Cohen, also two Justices in the majority urged it to do so.


The fourth ruling, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., over three full dissents and one partial dissent, declared that public school officials do not violate a student’s free speech rights by punishing the student for words or actions that promote a drug message.

Completing a day of 5-4 decisions, the Court issued its fifth ruling of the day, concluding that a Wisconsin abortion rights group had a First Amendment right to aid during election season campaign ads that named a candidate running for the Senate. Three of the five Justices in the majority urged the Court to overturn the part of a 2003 ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the federal law restricting such radio and TV ads close to elections. The Chief Justice’s main opinion, joined fully by Justice Alito, said the case did not provide an occasion to revisit that ruling. Justice Souter recited at length from the bench for the four dissenters — who were in the minority on each of the day’s rulings.

I haven’t had a chance to read the rulings in full just yet, but I’m sure we’ll see some commentary coming from the fine legal eagles at The Volokh Conspiracy as well as NRO’s Bench Memos soon.

Other related links:

PM Update: Guess who’s not happy about that special interest ad ruling? Surprise surprise. Romney’s pleased, of course, if for no other reason than it gives him an excuse to take another verbal jab at McCain.

McCain out of presidential race by September?

Robert Bluey reports on the speculation about Senator McCain possibly stepping out of the presidential race by September of this year, and notes a petition started by AZ Republicans urging him to go ahead and withdraw.

While it would be easy to blame this solely on his stance on illegal immigration – as some surely are or will – as a reminder, McCain has been wildly unpopular with conservatives for quite some time now, and the ‘amnesty’ bill is just one of many issues that have rankled conservatives about McCain (think McCain Feingold, for starters).

As to the likelihood of McCain dropping out by September, Captain Ed replies to that: “Don’t bet on it.” I agree. McCain will stick around until the first few primaries make it clear that he doesn’t stand a chance in you know where of getting the nomination.

Meanwhile, Fred Thompson continues to soar in the polls.

On the Dem side of the presidential race, in addition to Hillary’s continued 1st place position in the Dem polls – as noted in the link above, the mediots are making a big deal out of the fact that Elizabeth Edwards differs with her husband on the issue of gay marriage (she’s ok with gay marriage, he supports civil unions). This story gets a big yawn from me, because I’m more concerned with what the candidate thinks than what his/her spouse does (unless we’re talking Hillary …).

And speaking of the Edwards’, thanks to Howard Kurtz for the brief mention in his Media Notes column today of my post on Edwards being the main beneficiary of a poverty center he set up supposedly to benefit the poor. To that post, Kurtz responded:

I don’t see where it’s all that different than politicians forming these Committee to Pontificate on America’s Future groups.

I can see that to a point, but the difference is that Edwards is making ‘fighting poverty’ the centerpiece of his campaign, promoting the idea of doing more for others – specifically the poor – than we do for ourselves, while at the same time using his poverty center in an attempt to help himself more than help others. The blatant hypocrisy of his position is worthy of extensive commentary.

Edwards doing this is not unlike Al Gore’s travelling around the world getting paid big bucks to preach the benefit of self-sacrifice in order to ‘save the planet,’ while at the same time virtually exempting himself from that which he implores others to do. Gore’s and Edwards’ stances are not just part of their campaigns, they are the focal points of their campaigns. As much as Gore and Edwards both tout the virtue of self-sacrifice in order to ‘save the poor and the planet – for our children,’ when they’re not doing it, it deserves as much response as they would give on the other end of the debate.

Hat tip for the Kurtz link: ST reader Leslie

Monday morning fire starter

Did you know that GWB is one of “the world’s worst fascist dictators”? I didn’t either … but Tom Elia has the details of the person who has come out and said what other nuts on the left have (in so many words).

Add this to the stacks and stacks of proof that today’s left is so completely out of touch with reality and history, due to being blinded by hatred. Ed Driscoll thinks it’s the fringe left who advance such nonsense, but I maintain that this is not just a ‘fringe left’ position, but a mainstream left position, because this is not something you’ve only heard a couple people on the left mutter, but prominent lefty figures like MoveOn.org fatcat George Soros and global warming “prophet” Al Gore.

Once more, a sad commentary on what the modern-day left has become.

Also blogging about this: Curt at Flopping Aces, Blue Crab Boulevard, Hot Air, Kim Priestap at Wizbang