First Al Gore compared climate change skeptics to the 1930s appeasers of Nazism way back in his first foray into this thicket, his 1991 book, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. (This book really does deserve to be read, even 20 years later, for its [perhaps] unknowing full-on homage to Heideggerian existentialism, betraying Gore’s essentially authoritarian if not in fact totalitarian instincts. The subtitle alone–“Ecology and the Human Spirit”–gives the game away.) Then when that didn’t work Gore compared climate skeptics to Holocaust deniers, and “tobacco” scientists, even though there were never any independent scientists who were doubtful about the link between smoking and cancer, unlike the large number of independent scientists who are doubtful about catastrophic global warming.
So it has come to this: since these epithets haven’t worked, Gore is now comparing climate skeptics to racists. This is really rich coming not merely from a tobacco farmer, but from a person whose father (Al Gore Sr.) voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and most other civil rights legislation before that. As with Gore’s excuse when challenged in his tobacco-growing ways, I’m sure if you pressed him on the matter of his father’s racist votes, he’d once again invoke “the numbness” to explain it.
Keep it up Al, you’re best thing we climate skeptics have going for us. And don’t worry, I won’t spill the beans that you’re really an Exxon-Mobil/Koch Brothers mole in the climate campaign.