I agree with my liberal friends and fellow travelersa€”this may be a light, pre-holiday article by Erika “so dumb I can’t even spell my last name right” Lovley, but it’s a poorly-written, poorly-reasoned, and stupid article, too.
The so-called Gore Effect happens when a global warming-related event, or appearance by the former vice president and climate change crusader, Al Gore, is marked by exceedingly cold weather or unseasonably winter weather.
For instance, in March, 2007, a Capitol Hill media briefing on the Senatea€?s new climate bill was cancelled due to a snowstorm.
On Oct. 22, Gorea€?s global warming speech at Harvard University coincided with near 125-year record-breaking low temperatures. And less than a week later, on Oct. 28, the British House of Commons held a marathon debate on global warming during Londona€?s first October snowfall since 1922.
Wow! Three incidents! And a full 67 percent of them involved Al Gore! Now, if Gore had made two appearances, or even four appearances, in two years, this would be a stunning coincidence. But Gore, being an incredibly famous and in-demand celebrity, makes lots of appearances. Many occur on historically temperate days. Some occur on historically warm days. The “effect” is garbage.
The important thing is where the garbage comes from. Lovley, being dishonest and rather lazy, does not note that it’s Matt Drudge who came up with this. I read Drudge, as do you, although I read it less these days because news aggregation has become a mom-and-pop operation. I clearly recall Drudge’s hyping of these Gore appearances with images of snowy weather. And I remember last week, when he ran the headline
Not again! Global warming rally in DC faces unusual November snow and cold...
“Not again” because Drudge does this all the time.
I generally like the Politico, and think Ben Smith and Mike Allen are among the best political reporters alive, and David Mark is one of the best long-term numbers and ideas men. However, they often operate with the intent of attracting traffic from Drudge, which leads to some dumb, lowest-common-denominator horseshit. Thus: the “Gore Effect” piece.
I would have thought the humiliating embarrassment of Drudge in the last weeks of the election, what with the endless “SHOCK POLL: MCCAIN SURGE” stories and the Ashley Todd hoax, would temper this stuff. Maybe it did and Lovley was the last to know.