Al Gore tells Harvard students ‘assault’ on global warming science threatens humanity’s survival

By Michael Bastasch

Former Vice President Al Gore said President Donald Trump’s “assault on science” threatens “the capacity of the human species to endure” on Earth.

Gore issued his warning in a speech to Harvard University students and faculty Wednesday, stressing “reason” and “rational debate,” indeed democracy itself, were under threat from the “ideology of authoritarianism.”

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Former Vice President Al Gore also implored Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil fuel holdings, comparing it to the 1980s campaigns to pull investments in South Africa during apartheid.

Science “is now being slandered as a conspiracy based on a hoax,” Gore said, likely referring to a 2012 Trump tweet where he called man-made global warming a “Chinese hoax.”

“The subordination of the best scientific evidence to the cynical greed of those buttressing the power of a would-be-autocrat is yet another strategy for controlling policy by distorting and suppressing the best available information,” Gore said.

“So the ideology of authoritarianism is not only a threat to democracy in America, now because of the attacks on climate science, it has become a threat to the survival of human civilization as we know it and even potentially to the capacity of the human species to endure,” Gore continued.

“In order to solve the climate crisis, we must solve the democracy crisis,” Gore said.

While Gore, a Harvard alumni and producer of two films of questionable accuracy on global warming, did not refer to Trump by name, the former vice president’s message was clear.

“The system of checks and balances that has protected the integrity of our American system for more than two centuries has already been dangerously eroded,” Gore said.

Gore, however, also went after social media, which he claimed is driven by “surveillance capitalism.” Gore said social media “enhances cynicism and magnifies divisions” that erode society.

Gore went on to blame rampant flooding and tornado sightings in the Midwest on man-made global warming, echoing recent attempts by Democratic presidential candidates to do the same in Iowa.

“Speaking of wind, the winds are increasingly destructive in our world,” Gore said. “Yesterday was the thirteenth day in a row when multiple tornadoes touched down in the United States — 500 this month.”

“Hurricanes have become much stronger. Today, the Arkansas River is four feet higher than the all-time record flood stage. The Mississippi River is setting records as the longest flood ever. Thirty-nine million Americans today are at risk from flooding,” Gore said.

Gore also implored Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil fuel holdings, comparing it to the 1980s campaigns to pull investments in South Africa during apartheid. Gore has often compared climate activism to the anti-apartheid, civil rights and abolition movements.

“It was immoral to continue investing in apartheid,” Gore said before going on to accuse fossil fuel companies of using the tobacco industry’s strategy to keep the American public ignorant of climate science — a narrative pushed by some liberal media outlets.

“The American people have been the targets of a massive, well-organized and lavishly-funded campaign of disinformation, designed to spread doubt and confusion and prevent the formation of a political consensus necessary to adopt new policies to save the future of human civilization,” Gore said.

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7 thoughts on “Al Gore tells Harvard students ‘assault’ on global warming science threatens humanity’s survival

  1. “The American people have been the targets of a massive, well-organized and lavishly-funded campaign of disinformation, designed to spread doubt and confusion and prevent the formation of a political consensus necessary to adopt new policies to save the future of human civilization,” Gore said. Nope, the only campaign of disinformation is the one he and his supporters are waging

  2. Al Gore tells Harvard students ‘assault’ on global warming science threatens humanity’s survival.

    God, if these highly educated students who listen to his ” Sky is falling ” rhetoric and believe it
    boy did they waste their money !!

    Al ” Lear Jet ” globe-hopping BS artist, burning a hole in the ozone layer traveling to his speech
    engagements that have made him a multi-millionaire by spewing his ” sky is falling ” BS.

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  3. Good thing the “Ozone Hole” disappeared, or Gore’s private Jet plane might have been sucked into space – forever !!.

  4. The current college generation is listening to a rich fat old white guy – none of whose apocalyptic predictions have proven accurate or even close? And he attacks the Progressives, ” …the ideology of authoritarianism is not only a threat to democracy in America…” attacks “Checks and balances” Obama’s “Pen and ‘phone”? and while a failed Leftist coup attempt is disintegrating, “Social media” which is significantly regulated by Liberal Leftists, the “democracy crisis” while the Democrats are fiercely fighting to block attempts at preventing vote fraud… He’s a multimillionaire hypocrite, private jets, giant motor home, mansions and all – banking on the greatest fraud in history? I can’t but wonder how many students showed up for his clown show.

  5. The only ASSAULT is on the premise gorebull crap is “Scientific”. From the
    2 hoax movies put out by man bear pig to the lies of UN science props the adjusted data, the misplaced data, to the fat cat gorebulls energy hogification *almost as much as a small city burned by one fat pig*.

    Why haven’t ANY of your predictions come true if your so On the Mark with
    your hoax proof? Just another leftist liar sucking money from the unthinking hoards who believe anything this fool says. Why did you buy beach front property if it’s going to be underwater albreto?

  6. Don’t forget the hiccups…I swear I gasped in some CO2 and got them for an hour. I then happily paid my carbon tax but they didn’t go away.

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