by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, Environment
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The usually even-keeled former vice president showed his frustration last week by calling comments from climate change deniers “bullshit.”

Al Gore was a speaker at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communications and Society where he spoke about a book published last year called, “Merchants of Doubt.” The book describes how big companies hire pseudo scientists to put out the voice of opposition, the voice of doubt, to cloud the public’s view on what is really happening.

Gore noted that big tobacco “succeeded in delaying the implementation of the surgeon general’s report for 40 years – 40 years!”

According to scientists who aren’t paid to spout false science, 40 years of doing nothing about climate change would be devastating. That’s when Gore broke out the swear words. He’s that mad.

Gore said, “The model they’re using in that effort 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.” Bullshit! “It may be sun spots.” Bullshit! “It’s not getting warmer.” Bullshit!”

Imagine working for years to educate the public on an issue that is vital to the health of the planet only to have some paid stooges come in and say the exact opposite. Yep. That man is certainly angry enough to swear.

Via Think Progress

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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