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By Kevin DeAnna
WASHINGTON – Radio host and author of “Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America” Brian Sussman is firing back at Al Gore, repeating his challenge to the former vice president for a debate on the facts and science behind “global warming.”
In a speech at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., Gore, the lifelong politician and author of “An Inconvenient Truth,” stated, “Every single professional scientific society in every field related to earth science or climate science says [global warming] is an urgent problem that requires urgent attention and must be addressed.”
Gore then criticized talk radio hosts who contend there is no sufficient evidence that mankind is a significant cause of climate change.
Sussman, a meteorologist by training, responded.
“When Al Gore says, ‘[T]here are some talk radio hosts, they say that [global warming] is not [real],’ I’m assume he’s talking about me – I’m the only radio talk host who has been certified by the American Meteorological Society to present public weather forecasts, my books, ‘Eco-Tyranny’ and ‘Climategate’ provide damning exposés of Gore’s profiteering, and I’m proprietor of the website, DebateMeAlGore.com.”
In an interview with WND, Sussman pointed out that the consensus on global warming is unraveling, with even scientists, engineers and former astronauts at NASA taking the extraordinary step of condemning their own organization for promoting climate change alarmism.
Sussman also noted that the “Climategate” scandal, in which the internal emails of global warming advocates were leaked, has undermined a great deal of the evidence Gore once used to promote his agenda.
The most notable example is the famous “hockey stick” graph used in “An Inconvenient Truth.” The graph shows temperature skyrocketing in recent years, supposedly due to an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases. However, in the Climategate emails, activists bragged about using a “trick” to “hide the decline” in temperature and used unscientific methods to create the graph they wanted.
Sussman believes that Gore continues to defend climate change alarmism out of a mixture of extreme ideology and personal interest. Both of these motivations derive from Gore’s mysterious family history.
In “Eco-Tyranny,” Sussman recounts that Gore received his start in politics because of his father, who was an influential member of the House and later the Senate from Tennessee. Albert Gore Sr. also was a close friend of American business tycoon Armand Hammer, who was known for his close ties to the Soviet Union. Armand Hammer was the son of Julius Hammer, an abortionist and one of the leaders of the Communist Party USA
Armand Hammer used his father’s relationship with the Soviets to create business partnerships with the communist regime, including in mining operations, the manufacturing of heavy equipment and the production of pencils for Stalinist Russia. He was also one of the rare foreign recipients of the Order of Lenin.
Hammer became CEO of Occidental Petroleum and a wealthy investor in many other enterprises, including an Angus cattle-breeding company. Hammer made then-Sen. Al Gore Sr. a partner, netting the influential Tennessean a substantial profit.
In return, Gore Sr. allowed the Order of Lenin winner to undertake business for the U.S. government.
In another example of gifts between the good friends, Hammer allowed Sen. Gore to buy into a below-market land sale in Tennessee that included mineral rights to a zinc mine on the property. Later, this mineral extraction business would be deeded to Sen. Gore’s son – Al Gore Jr.
When Gore Jr. began his political rise, Hammer and Occidental Petroleum were key contributors. The Gores also used Hammer’s private jet for various trips. Gore Jr. also gave a speech to the left-leaning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War when Hammer received an award from the group in Moscow.
“The combination of far-left ideology and fantastic wealth and power is familiar to Al Gore Jr., just as it was to his father,” said Sussman. “Even liberal media sources have reported that Al Gore stands to personally benefit to the tune of millions of dollars if the federal government implements his preferred policies on carbon trading and regulating emissions.
“In ‘Eco-Tyranny,’ I argue that the environmental movement is about control, not about the environment. With Al Gore though, it’s not just about fulfilling his socialist agenda – it’s about privatizing vast profits for his own benefit.”
Sussman also points out the hypocrisy of Gore advocating for limits on carbon emissions for other Americans while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle.
“We talk about limousine liberals – but Al Gore takes it to a whole new level. Forget the huge amount of carbon emissions he generates jet setting around the world to push his regulations. In 2006, Al Gore paid almost $30,000 in electricity and natural gas bills to power his Tennessee estate for just one year. That’s more than 20 times what a typical household in America uses.”
“With this kind of a record and ever-increasing criticism, it’s no wonder Al Gore wants to change the subject and blame his problems on talk radio. Talk radio is about free debate and discussion, and Al Gore wants to use his powerful friends to impose austerity on the American people – and make money in the meantime.”
The meteorologist concludes: “Al Gore is simply wrong on the science – and if he wants to challenge me, I’ll meet him anytime and anyplace to discuss the real truth about climate change and the real motivations of the environmental movement.”