Today, Former Vice President Al Gore made a speech at the Brookings Institution "marking the introduction of the Institution's Center for Effective Public Management," which will "focus its research on increasing efficiency in government and working with public and private entities to solve 21st century political challenges," as explained by c-span.
Gore spoke of the election of 2000, when he famously lost to former President George W. Bush. He said,
"I did actually study the work of the founding fathers in some detail during those days and I confirmed in my worry that actually in our system, there is no intermediate step between a final supreme court decision and violent revolution. And given those options, I basically did only what the American people are credited for doing famously by Winston Churchill, they generally do the right thing after first exhausting every available alternative."
The report found that it is "extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."
Gore said that people were treating the atmosphere as an "open sewer," and lamented about melting sea ice, despite the recent finding by the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center that "after an unusually cold summer...this year’s sea ice extent is substantially higher than last year’s record low minimum," as reported by Red Orbit.
Gore further stated that global warming was responsible for the recent, devastating Colorado floods and California forest fires. Al Gore did not mention the IPCC's finding that "the world’s temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years," as reported by Tamara Cohen of the Daily Mail.
Gore also bizarrely implied that that Arab Spring was due, in part, to climate change.
After referencing the "food vendor in Tunisia who set himself on fire," he acknowledged that while there were "many other factors," he said that "food riots have followed crop failure in recent events related to climate disruption." He then said that "climate refugees are challenging the ability of governments to remain stable."
In order to "address this," he said,
"We have to put a price on carbon in the economy and we have to put a price on denial in the political system..."
On the potential for a government shutdown, Gore said "the only phrase to describe it is 'political terrorism.'"