Former Vice President Al Gore has written a long essay, “Climate of Denial; Can Science and the Truth Withstand the Merchants of Poison?” (Camera, June 23, 2011, Pg. 6A) This essay on global warming appears in the current issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. In the essay, Gore criticizes President Obama for doing very little to lead the American people to a recognition of the seriousness of the developing global warming. I agree completely with Al Gore on the seriousness of the problem and with his conclusion that the problem is caused in part by the fact that “In the past century we have quadrupled global population…” This is similar to Gore’s observation in his earlier book and film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” In the film, the book and the essay, Gore recognizes that global overpopulation is the cause of the global climate changes. So what are Gore’s recommendations for stopping the developing global warming? In the book, the last chapter lists 36 things “You can do” to help reduce global climate change; in the Rolling Stone essay Gore lists five recommended courses of action. All the recommended actions are bland; “Become a committed advocate for solving the crisis” etc. Nowhere in his recommendations in the film, the associated book or in the current essay does Gore call for addressing overpopulation which he has correctly identified as the cause of the problem.
Withholding information that could help others is what Mark Twain called a “Silent Lie.” Why is Al Gore involved in a “Silent Lie?” Probably because it is Politically Incorrect to identify overpopulation as the central cause of most of our national and global problems. This Silent Lie means that, tragically, Gore’s recommendations in his film, book and essay are all a Greenfraud.
With best wishes, I am,
Albert A. Bartlett