O'Reilly Henchman Ambushes Al Gore
Former VP does not respond to climate-change 'questions'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2010 11:25 AM CDT
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(Newser) – What would you do if an obnoxious cameraman accosted you on the way to lunch and started peppering you with loaded questions? You might well walk away in disgust, which is exactly what Al Gore did when cornered by Bill O’Reilly’s henchman Jesse Watters before a lecture at Duke University. “I’m not doing an interview!” Gore repeatedly protests as Watters peppers him with questions like, “What’s your reaction to the fact that Arctic ice is actually increasing?”

“This resembles a genuine interview conducted by a genuine journalist only insofar as someone is being paid to direct questions at a political figure,” observes Gabriel Winant of Salon. “Mainly it’s a master class in smarminess.” And for the record, yes, genius, Arctic ice has been increasing, as it does every winter, because winters are, believe it or not, colder than summers. The overall trend is still negative.

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Apr 14, 2010 2:53 AM CDT
Just to clarify, the most likely future scenario for the world, by far, is this: global degradation of the environment and most everybody not doing a whole lot about it. There are also a whole lot of people who would resent any diminishing of their wealth to stave off or blunt any collapse. It's like the way it has been with fishermen; only the collapse of a fishery will usually convince them not to overfish, and sometimes even not then.
Apr 14, 2010 1:04 AM CDT
Can someone please explain to me what these "STUPID LYING LIBERALS!!" have to gain from pretending the world is going to end because we are polluting it? Seriously, even if the climate is going to be absolutely fine forever and always, don't you think that having cleaner air, cleaner water, cleaner soil, fewer emissions, less of a reliance on fossil fuels, and so on and so on and so on are all completely positive things?
Apr 13, 2010 10:37 PM CDT
I am absolutely astounded that so many otherwise level headed, clear thinking individuals are so stubbornly in denial of the truth, on this subject.