From The Every day Caller
9:54 AM 05/30/2019 | Power
Michael Bastasch | Power Editor
Former Vice President Al Gore mentioned President Donald Trump’s “assault on science” threatens “the capability of the human species to endure” on Earth.
Gore issued his warning in a speech to Harvard College college students and school Wednesday, stressing “motive” and “rational debate,” certainly democracy itself, had been below menace from the “ideology of authoritarianism.”
Science “is now being slandered as a conspiracy based mostly on a hoax,” Gore mentioned, probably referring to a 2012 Trump tweet the place he referred to as man-made world warming a “Chinese language hoax.”
“The subordination of the very best scientific proof to the cynical greed of these buttressing the ability of a would-be-autocrat is yet one more technique for controlling coverage by distorting and suppressing the very best accessible data,” Gore mentioned.
“So the ideology of authoritarianism will not be solely a menace to democracy in America, now due to the assaults on local weather science, it has change into a menace to the survival of human civilization as we all know it and even doubtlessly to the capability of the human species to endure,” Gore continued.
“With a purpose to resolve the local weather disaster, we should resolve the democracy disaster,” Gore mentioned.
Whereas Gore, a Harvard alumni and producer of two movies of questionable accuracy on world warming, didn’t check with Trump by title, the previous vp’s message was clear.
“The system of checks and balances that has protected the integrity of our American system for greater than two centuries has already been dangerously eroded,” Gore mentioned.
Gore, nonetheless, additionally went after social media, which he claimed is pushed by “surveillance capitalism.” Gore mentioned social media “enhances cynicism and magnifies divisions” that erode society. (RELATED: Supreme Courtroom Requested To Hear Case Involving Leaked ‘Climategate’ Emails)
Former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore speaks this 12 months’s Nobel Peace Prize Discussion board, in Oslo, Norway December 11, 2018. NTB Scanpix/Heiko Junge by way of REUTERS.
Gore went on responsible rampant flooding and twister sightings within the Midwest on man-made world warming, echoing latest makes an attempt by Democratic presidential candidates to do the identical in Iowa.
“Talking of wind, the winds are more and more damaging in our world,” Gore mentioned. “Yesterday was the thirteenth day in a row when a number of tornadoes touched down in america — 500 this month.”
“Hurricanes have change into a lot stronger. Right now, the Arkansas River is 4 toes greater than the all-time report flood stage. The Mississippi River is setting information because the longest flood ever. Thirty-nine million Individuals at this time are in danger from flooding,” Gore mentioned.
Gore additionally implored Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil gasoline holdings, evaluating it to the 1980s campaigns to tug investments in South Africa throughout apartheid. Gore has typically in contrast local weather activism to the anti-apartheid, civil rights and abolition actions.
“It was immoral to proceed investing in apartheid,” Gore mentioned earlier than occurring to accuse fossil gasoline firms of utilizing the tobacco business’s technique to hold the American public blind to local weather science — a story pushed by some liberal media retailers.
“The American individuals have been the targets of a large, well-organized and lavishly-funded marketing campaign of disinformation, designed to unfold doubt and confusion and forestall the formation of a political consensus essential to undertake new insurance policies to save lots of the way forward for human civilization,” Gore mentioned.
Observe Michael on Twitter