Gore speech turns complex subject into political cudgel

Former US Vice-Pres. Al Gore has provided a fine example of all that's wrong with debate over global warming.In a Jan. 15 speech in New York, he took his global-warming apocalypse to new levels of distortion.Calling President George W. Bush a "moral coward" for taking money from people and groups that agree with him on political issues, Gore said the president broke "a solemn promise made to the country that carbon dioxide would be regulated as a polluting greenhouse gas."That "solemn promise" was a miscreant line buried in a position statement and sensibly ignored when someone noticed it implied that Americans polluted by exhaling. Gore excoriated "wealthy, right-wing ideologues [who...

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