Fish Wrapper Hypes Bradbury Spreading Gore's Global Warming Propaganda

The global warming hype machine that is the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper continues full steam ahead in spite of a growing number of scientists speaking out against the hype. Today's example is a huge article on Bill Bradbury, Oregon's Secretary of State, and his "global warming roadshow" that takes up most of page D10 and one quarter of D11.

Bradbury attended Gore's indoctrination camp put on by The Climate Project, that teaches lay people how to go out and give the Goracle's schlockumentary slide show that An Inconvenient Truth is based on. The training camp was featured in USA Today:

The stocky man with the soft Southern accent rivets the hotel ballroom crowd with his plea: "We are in a time of peril, so please allow me to explain a topic that has overwhelming importance in my life."

Meet, no, not Al Gore, but Gary Dunham, 71, a grandfather from Texas who was the first of 1,000 Americans Gore trained to deliver his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth slide show to schools, Rotary clubs and nursing homes around the nation.

Two weeks ago, the last 150 of this hand-picked crew arrived here — paying their own way for everything but food — to go through a two-day seminar starring Gore but effectively led by Dunham and a few other graduates of the former vice president's global-warming boot camp.

To date, The Climate Project has drawn everyone from Wal-Mart workers to Cameron Diaz. And though the 1,000 mark has been reached, "we keep hearing whispers that (Gore) might do more," project director Jenny Clad says. "I wouldn't call this final."

Time magazine reported on this back in Janauary:

Now through the Climate Project — an initiative to spread awareness and challenge citizens and governments to take action against the effects of global warming — Gore has trained nearly 1,000 of his foot soldiers to give the same presentation that he delivers in the movie. His disciples, who are required to give at least 10 talks a year, are not just scientists but volunteers from all walks of life including teachers, housewives and even celebrities like Cameron Diaz.

But there is an inherent danger in this approach:

Gore's "cavalry," as he calls them, can also do something else the movie can't: talk back to the audience. "I can answer questions better than Gore can in the film," said Ken Mankoff, by night a soldier for Gore and by day a computer programmer who develops models at Columbia University.

So in other words, you have lay people with no formal training in climatology or meteorology, after 12 hours with a man who also has no training, traveling around promoting a film that even the NY Times admitted had many flaws. But hey, why let the facts get in the way, right?

At least USA Today was willing to address this.

"I'm very uncomfortable with 1,000 people who aren't technically trained in a field as complex and important as this proselytizing for one extreme point of view," says Pat Michaels, senior fellow with the conservative Cato Institute.

And into this incredibly well-trained and knowledgable crowd steps Bill Bradbury.

The crowd of about 100 drains from the dark auditorium at the Portland Community College Sylvania campus near 9 p.m. But Oregon's secretary of state keeps going, making a critical point on what he considers the most vital issue of our time: global warming.

"There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves," says Bill Bradbury, quoting astronomer Carl Sagan as the screen behind him shows the Earth as a tiny blue dot in space.

His point, he says, is not that global warming is a problem. The point is: It's a crisis we have to deal with now.

This is the Bill Bradbury global warming road show, which Oregon's No. 2 elected official promises to give anywhere at least 50 people want to hear it. While Gov. Ted Kulongoski pushes global warming legislation in Salem, Bradbury motors his white Prius hybrid across the state telling Oregonians why it matters.

It's far from his elected duties of corporate legalese and state program audits, and he does it on his own time. But he sees it as one of the most important jobs he's had.

A blend of science and animation, the talk is modeled after former Vice President Al Gore's presentation on warming, the basis for the movie "An Inconvenient Truth." Bradbury, 57, proudly calls himself a Gore lieutenant, part of a global warming cavalry trained by Gore himself to speak to the grass roots of America.

"By Gore himself." Don't you just love objective reporting that treats people like the Goracle wqith breathless adoration? Let's see Milstein treat a conservative who actually knows what he's talking about that way.

That said, he doesn't understand what motivates opponents.

Gee, maybe the fact that the hype has no scientific basis?

There is legitimate debate over how much sea levels might rise or how fast glaciers will melt, he says. But science is clear that global warming is real and humans contribute by burning fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gases.

"What is it that people really want to refute?" he asks. "I'm mystified . . . This is not just Al Gore scaring people. This is really scientific consensus."

Ah, yes, the famous "C" word. We all know about consensus, don't we? Hey Bill, did you know that consensus used to be that eugenics was a good thing?

In addition to his worship of the Goracle, Milstein also does his best to sprinkle in some skewed poll numbers.

Most Americans are convinced. More than 80 percent believe global warming is a serious problem, according to the latest Yale Environmental Poll. The question is what they are willing to do about it.

I'd love to see the questions from that poll. I guess it depends on which poll you want to listen to. For instance, from a recent Gallup poll:

One has to wonder why Americans don't demand more political action on global warming when surveys routinely find them saying they believe it is happening and are generally worried about it -- and when activists like former vice president Al Gore are sounding piercing alarm bells about the risks of climate change. Yet, only a small fraction of the public names global warming in unaided measures of perceived problems facing the nation or as a top government priority. Although a majority of Americans say they are at least fairly worried about global warming, the issue ranks near the bottom of other environmental issues rated.

There's those darn facts getting in the way again.

Speaking on global warming combines many of Bradbury's likes: environment, drama (an interest from high school), information (he was once a TV journalist) and people. It also puts him in closer touch with people, something he was used to in the Legislature.

Yes, the drama certainly is important, especially when you're trying to use fear to get people to buy into something for which you really have no scientific basis. Gore admits that in an interview with David Roberts of Grist Magazine.

Q. There's a lot of debate right now over the best way to communicate about global warming and get people motivated. Do you scare people or give them hope? What's the right mix?

A.I think the answer to that depends on where your audience's head is. In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don't think there's a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.

So in other words, it's okay to blow things out of proportion if it gets people to listen to you (for more on this interview and other lies and exaggerations from An Inconvenient Truth, check out "Ponder the Maunder").

Milstein actually does have one moment of lucidity, albeit two small paragraphs towards the end of the article, where he admits there is a slight bit of exaggeration.

Bradbury follows Gore closely, and is guilty of similar generalizations, such as suggesting global warming caused Hurricane Katrina. Although warmer seas and skies do energize hurricanes, no one can say global warming caused one specific storm.

He does caution that scientists cannot say conclusively that warming caused the "dead zones" that have appeared off Oregon's coast, even though they seem to match some of its symptoms.

Oh, you mean when hurricane seasons were supposed to be even worse after Katrina because of global warming, and then the 2006 hurricane season had absolutely no major hurricanes?

As I've documented multiple times on this site, more and more scientists are speaking out against global warming, and yet the Fish Wrapper never seems to be able to report on that side of the story. However, they are willing to allocatate rivers of ink to the pro glovbal warming hype. And people wonder why I say they are so liberally baised.

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The more information comes out, the more obvious that global warming is an elitist driven agenda to stifle freedom, common sense growth, and job creation in America.

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