Jun 01

James Hrynyshyn reports for Seed:

Polling data leading up to last week’s summit of The Climate Project wasn’t exactly inspiring. The widely respected Pew Forum says the share of Americans who believe the Earth is warming is stuck at less than 50 percent, while Rasmussen Reports—often accused of Republican bias—shows that the number has fallen to 34 percent. Both polls have proven track records from the 2008 Presidential election.

As one of some 2,500 volunteers trained by former vice president Al Gore to present his Inconvenient Truth slideshow, I was discouraged to learn more than half of all Americans still deny the science that links human activities to global warming….While the polls suggested failure, the mood at the summit—a reunion of 600 global warming foot soldiers in Nashville, TN, from May 14 through 16, 2009—was positively celebratory.

On the other hand, I spent much of the three-day gathering trying to reconcile these frustrating results with the self-congratulatory tone that filled Hutton Hotel’s sixth floor.  Gore invited a number of global authorities on climate change to reinforce his message that we were responsible for the Congressional committee working on a bill at that very moment that would cap greenhouse gas emissions. “It seems incredible that we could change enough minds and put it on the agenda,” Gore told us. “It was really was An Inconvenient Truth that galvanized everything,” insisted Canada’s arch-environmentalist, David Suzuki. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, declared us “missionaries,” who, “Collectively and individually can bring about change.”

These messages were well-received in a room filled with activists wearing T-shirts bearing slogans like, “My carbon footprint is smaller than yours,” who all signed a contract vowing to give no-admission slideshows in return for nothing more than a lapel pin. There were those that drove and flew long distances—from as far as Nigeria and Macedonia—to hear our heroes remind us that what we’re doing is important.

They are only now agreeing to give no-admission slideshows?  Were they oxymoronic paid volunteers before?

…Is there any evidence the Climate Project is actually changing minds?

I managed to put that question to Gore himself, in the buffet line. “There are a lot of polls out there that do show progress,” he said, seeming a little surprised to be on the defensive by one of his own supporters. I asked if he could be more specific, and he replied without skipping a beat, “Mark Mellman just wrote something, I think”….

Of, course Gore was “surprised to be on the defensive by one of his own supporters”.  He goes through his life surrounded by a protective cocoon of “yes men” that don’t dare confront The Goracle with thorny questions.

Gore might have told me that my fixation with polls misses the point as changing public opinion is no longer the prime directive of The Climate Project. As part of the project’s “Phase Two” stage, as it’s officially called, we were later informed of a new mission: to write letters to editors, organize phone banks, and to do whatever it takes to convince Congress to support the Waxman-Markey bill.

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May 15

An excerpt from the interview:

John Roberts: A recent Pew poll found that global warming ranks last on a list of people’s top priorities.  I read an analysis by Gallup poll editor Frank Newport recently who said there’s no evidence that the campaign against global warming is, uh, is, is winning, uh, it says, quote, it’s just not caught on and any measure we look at shows Al Gore’s losing at the moment, the public is just not that concerned.  He says the public is concerned about the economy.  Are you worried that concerns about the economy are eclipsing the work that you are trying to do?

Al Gore: …and as for those polls John, I, I strongly disagree with the couple that you mentioned.   There are other polls that show that very, very high percentages of Americans now believe very strongly that we do have an obligation to solve this crisis, and that we can help our economy as we do so.

Which polls Al?  Sure, the polls from two years ago, just after An Inconvenient Truth was released, show that the public was concerned.  However, since the hockey stick has been destroyed, and it’s become widely recognized that the earth has cooled for eleven years now, the polls have swung in the other direction.

Hat tip: Tom Nelson

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May 05

Gallup Poll Editor: “Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore’s losing at the moment.”

By Editor Al Gore, Gallup, Poll Comments Off on Gallup Poll Editor: “Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore’s losing at the moment.”

NewsBusters is reporting:

Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore’s losing at the moment. The public is just not that concerned.

So said Gallup Poll editor Frank Newport about the Nobel Laureate’s campaign to convince Americans that man’s carbon dioxide emissions are destroying the planet.

As reported by U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard at his Washington Whispers blog Tuesday:

He admits that it’s counterintuitive, but Gallup Poll Editor Frank Newport says he sees no evidence that Al Gore’s campaign against global warming is winning. “It’s just not caught on,” says Newport. “They have failed.” Or, more bluntly: “Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore’s losing at the moment. The public is just not that concerned.” What the public is worried about: the economy. Newport says the economy trumps the environment right now, a strong indicator that President Obama’s bid to put a cap-and-trade pollution regime into operation isn’t likely to be politically popular.

Let’s hope he’s right:

“It’s Al Gore’s greatest frustration,” says Newport. “We seem less concerned than more about global warming over the years. . . . Despite the movies and publicity and all that, we’re just not seeing it take off with the American public. And that was occurring even before the latest economic recession.”

He adds: “As Al Gore I think would say, the greatest challenge facing humanity . . . has failed to show up in our data.”

Of course, this isn’t really surprising, for if you look at the data, carbon dioxide doesn’t show up as a cause of global warming — but don’t tell the Nobel Laureate who got a D in his natural sciences course at Harvard that.

Hat tip: Marc Morano @ Climate Depot.

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Apr 20

GORE LIED has fired up our staff computer modeling contraption, input the latest Rasmussen Reports data on the public’s belief in man-made global warming, and has produced a computer model which is showing the imminent demise of any belief in man-made global warming.

Rasmussen Reports has reported that the public’s belief in man-made global warming has decreased from 47% to 34% in just one year.

The GORE LIED computer model below shows  that at the current rate of loss of belief in man-made global warming that such belief will be virtually non-existent by 2020 (with the exception of Al Gore, James Hansen, Michael Mann, Joe Romm, and a few other assorted dead-enders).

Also, evidence of a positive feedback trend has caused many experts to believe that the actual rate of loss of belief in man-made global warming is happening even faster than this model is predicting, and that the world may be completely free of belief in man-made global warming by as early as 2015.

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Feb 18

The background:

On February 6, ABC News Radio in Australia posted a web poll on their website that asked readers whether they believed if the concurrent Australian heatwave was caused by global warming. There were three possible responses:

1. Global Warming is a myth
2. Yes
3. No

Andrew Bolt noted the poll on his blog the same day and at that time 90.4% of respondents had chosen “myth”. Soon, some other AGW skeptic bloggers posted the poll too, including GORE LIED. On February 9, with “myth” having climbed even higher to 94.4% after 15,451 votes, Bolt noted:

The ABC can’t have liked the answer much. The poll, and its emphatic result, has been deleted from the poll archive

ABC apparently said it was because the poll had been “hijacked“. Skeptic blog, Australian Climate Madness, is in contact with ABC for further explanation. Meantime, the poll is still missing from the ABC News Radio archives.

So, let’s do it again. GORE LIED has recreated the poll in it’s entirety, with the only change that the question now reflects the past tense nature of the subject matter. This poll will end at 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 21, 2009, so vote early.

GORE LIED will guarantee that the results of this poll will not be removed, and will be available for all to see as long as this blog exists.

Take your pick:

GORE LIED reserves the right to change the date and time of this post so that the post will appear at the top of the blog page. Post originally posted at 11:05 PM Pacific Standard Time on February 17, 2009.

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Feb 15

Last week ABC Radio posted a web poll that asked if global warming was the cause of the Australian heat wave. Over 90% of respondents chose the “global warming is a myth” option, and then ABC yanked the poll from their archive of past polls. The yanking of the poll caused some controversy in the climate realist blogosphere, while the Warmers were claiming it was just a big hoax orchestrated by Andrew Bolt, GORE LIED, and presumably the military/industrial complex.

I believe Andrew Bolt was the first to post the poll. Tom Nelson also posted the poll. Australian Climate Madness posted the poll, and many others – including GORE LIED.

Here’s the accusation leveled toward this blog, as noted on the Graham Hancock website message board (lots more nutty posts there for the curious):


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The claim is ridiculous, and I won’t even explain as it’s already been explained fully here.

I will say that for someone to try to perpetrate a fraud by creating a non-existent web poll doesn’t make much sense. Since web polls are as unreliable and unscientific as one of Al Gore’s climate modeling machines, me trying to create a false web poll would be about as effective as me trying to rig Ground Hog Day to make sure that P-Phil “delivers” that extra six weeks of winter so I could make some lame connection between P-Phil’s “prediction” and global cooling.

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Feb 08

The public got the wrong answer on global warming web poll, and ABC pulls the poll from their archive

By Editor Andrew Bolt, Poll Comments Off on The public got the wrong answer on global warming web poll, and ABC pulls the poll from their archive

A few days ago GORE LIED posted a web poll by ABC in Australia that asked if people thought the Australian heat wave was a result of global warming. Of the four answers that could be selected, “Global warming is a myth” was winning going away with over 90% of the vote.

An update via Andrew Bolt:

The ABC can’t have liked the answer much. The poll, and its emphatic result, has been deleted from the poll archive.

(Thanks to reader Steve of Adelaide.)

UPDATE

Reader Michael gives the results that the ABC won’t:

1. Global warming is a myth (94.4%)
2. Yes (2.8%)
3. No (2.8%)

Number of voters: 15,451

Hat tip: Tom Nelson

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