On Jan. 6, 2013, as Matt Drudge, the political icon who founded The Drudge Report, continues to link his arms with Mother Nature to bombard global warming with a blizzard of headlines featuring frigidly cold weather, prices of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming," books are priced as low as a penny. Some aren't selling at all.
It's not merely that the prices have plunged, Gore's bible on global warming is hardly selling. Checking on eBay, at the time of publishing this article, there are 242 listings; however, from Oct. 11, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, there were 48 completed United States auctions for "An Inconvenient Truth." 42 did not sell.
That means 87.5 percent of the auctions ended with a no-sale. During the same period Gore's educational DVD went for $.99. Even signed Al Gore books have sold for less than six dollars. Worst of all, on Amazon, used copies of the book are listed for one cent.
It is well-known that former Clinton Vice-President Al Gore accepted a Nobel Prize in 2010 for his work on global warming, sharing the award with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for raising awareness of the impending doom of what scientists call global warming. Following a 2010 New York Times article, skeptics started calling Gore a "carbon billionaire," complaining Gore's advocacy is motivated by profit and greed.
Gore denies that his thirty-year record of environmental angst is money oriented yet critics continue to flay him over his own personal carbon footprint, pointing to energy depleting mansions and airplane trips. Global warming deniers had a field day when data in the "An Inconvenient Truth" film was questioned in British court and the judge forced teacher guidance amendments in order to balance one-sided political views of Gore's educational documentary.
Over on Gore's Twitter page, Gore continues to celebrate each global warming victory while he ridicules global warming deniers. Back in December of 2013, Gore was among the first to applaud Reddit for censoring comments, posting, "Climate deniers can no longer spread disinformation on @Reddit’s science forum:" The "freedom of speech" outrage over the news that Reddit will be moderated and denials deleted is still generating comments.
To date, Al Gore's name remains synonymous with global warming and deniers seldom miss an opportunity to mock him though his views on the climate still enjoy strong political, media and scientific support. Reverend Al Sharpton recently donned a lab coat and used a faux laboratory with beakers filled with what looked suspiciously like hot ice and food coloring to educate global warming non-believers. On the Drudge Report, one of the current links inform "Obama warned" there would be "excessively high temperatures in November."
However, it is precisely those kinds of Drudge links, which contrast global warming warnings with record low temperatures, that led to a frustrated rant from MSNBC host Chris Hayes, accusing Matt Drudge of instigating climate "trolls" who pop out and post thousands of "willfully stupid" comments. Like Gore, Drudge has a personal Twitter page, and some of his tweets regarding global warming are considered priceless by his like-minded followers. Back in May of 2013, Drudge tweeted "18° windchill Amarillo, where Walmart is selling bathing suits three for $10."