Gore’s Army may be Lacking in Scientific Background

2 Comments – July 5, 2007
ChronicleOnline – May 30, 2007

I first learned of this story on AccuWeather’s global warming blog but their coverage of it is fairly sparse so I am going to quote their sources as well.

I am concerned that Mr. Gore didn’t choose student engineers and scientists that could give presentations (yes, engineers can be trained to speak to a crowd as well). I would have thought that being able to effectively communicate would be only one criteria – the other being able to effectively understand the chemistry and physics involved.  But then this program is being run by a politician who, at one time, claimed to have invented the Internet. Communication skills are probably the most important to him.

Interestingly, the ChronicleOnline reference that AccuWeather mentions does list a person with a technical background.


According to the project director, Jenny Clad, applicants were chosen on their ability to commit to doing 10 presentations and reaching unique groups of people. But, there were no questions in the application about the applicants background with meteorology, climatology or any kind of science.

From ChronicleOnline:

With all the sobering projections about the Earth’s climate, former Vice President Al Gore probably wishes he could clone himself a thousand times to present slide shows about warming temperatures and rising greenhouse gases, such as the lectures documented in his award-winning 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Trainees were chosen from applications made through the Climate Project’s Web site that included questions about prior experiences with presenting, organizing and outreach.

…scientists estimate that to reverse warming trends, atmospheric carbon dioxide must be reduced by 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050, which can be reached with 2 percent reductions per year. “It’s a lifelong commitment for me,” she said. Three simple ways people can help reduce global climate change, she said, are driving less, eating local foods and buying only compact fluorescent bulbs, which use less than half the energy of conventional bulbs and last seven times longer. [Editor’s note: will that reach the goal of 80% reduction?]

You can read these two stories at AccuWeather and ChronicleOnline.

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2 thoughts on “Gore’s Army may be Lacking in Scientific Background”

  1. Ronald Lindeman says:

    “claimed to have invented the internet.” Really. I suggest you download and read a 42 page report “When Truth Doesn’t Win in the Marketplace of Ideas:Entrapping Schemas, Gore and the Internet.”

    The report goes on the describe how what Al Gore actually said was somewhat reasonable, given that Gore was the most influencial politician to have worked on the internet and the limits of time in interview broadcasts. It was his political opponents who’s commentary was broadcast that is most remembered even though they were the true exagerations.

  2. admin says:

    I apologize – I should have used the correct quote rather than going by memory that was influenced by the spin since he made the statement. Mr. Gore did not say “invented the internet” he said he was responsible for “creating the internet” and while he probably did not mean to say he personally created the internet, he absolutely did say it.

    Also, he is not close to be correct, DARPA did the first internet design well before his benevolence funded a future program. Mr. Gore’s claim of creation is as accurate as me saying that I was responsible for Watergate because I voted and campaigned for Richard Nixon. The bill that is often referred to with this comment was the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991 and nearly every “history” of the Internet began well before this – typically the development of TCP/IP in 73, the creation of ethernet in 73, or the switch of APANET to TCP/IP in 83. These events at a minimum were 8 years before the bill.

    “But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I’ve traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.” –

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