Skip to comments.Gore blames Koch brothers for GOP position on climate
Posted on 05/13/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Gore blames Koch brothers for GOP position on climate
By Mario Trujillo - 05/13/14 01:04 PM EDT
Former Vice President Al Gore blamed Republicans fear of crossing the mega-donor Koch brothers for the GOP's skepticism on climate change.
Gore, during an interview Monday, said it is not "complicated why they have all been cowed into abandoning" their position on the issue, asserting that Republicans fear facing opponents financed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, who have poured millions into the midterm elections this year.
"Anyone who wants to set his or her aspirations on the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 already knows that they can't possibly cross the Koch brothers and the others that are part of the group," Gore said Monday during a discussion at the University of Chicago.
The former vice president was reacting to recent comments made by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), two potential GOP presidential candidates.
Rubio on Sunday said he doesn't believe human activity is creating dramatic changes to the climate as scientists say, noting the climate is always changing.
Paul, during a discussion at the university last month, said the climate change debate in politics has been dumbed down, and said no one really knows why the climate is changing.
"But we have 20-, 30-, 100-thousand-year sort of cycles that go on with the climate. It has been much warmer than it is today," he said at the time. "We have real data about 100 years. So somebody tell me what 100 years data is when the earth is 4.6 billion years old. My guess is that the conclusions you make from that are not conclusive."
Gore said there is a "enforced orthodoxy" in the GOP today to deny climate change. He noted that former presidential candidates Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mitt Romney both acknowledged climate change and "took steps to try and deal with it."
"And there were a number of Republicans who took that position," he said. "I don't think it is particularly complicated why they have all been cowed into abandoning that position. They will face primary opponents financed by the Koch brothers and others who are part of their group if they even breathe the slightest breath of sympathy for the truth about climate science."
Democrats, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in particular, have tried to brand the Koch brothers as the new face of the GOP ahead of the midterms. Reid recently accused them of being one of the main causes of climate change.
lol. These people are insane. They get a catch phrase or a new demon and they just run with it.
He can blame Lord Monton as well. Or these people.
Monton = Monckton
Nobody is skeptical of climate change. Everyone agrees that the climate has changed and will continue to change. Whether man causes it, and can therefore make changes to prevent or alter it is the point of contention.
The Demonuts have moved from Tea Party ,Tea Party(destroyed by the IRS) to these guys , LOL ,will the IRS destroy them now
You know your brain has atrophied when you get your best ideas from Harry Reid....
Haliburton! Bush! Palin! The Koch Brothers!
As usual the left has it backwards and upside down.
It is Mr Gore himself who is responsible for many of the attitudes today regarding the AGW scam.
The Dems are usually pretty good about polling and focus grouping talking points before hitting the public with them. I’m sure they’ve done the same thing with the Koch Bros.
I’m guessing that they have polling showing that attacking the Koch Bros. appeals to “must turn out in November” segment of their base.
Since they are going with such a narrow and personally targeted attack, the logic conclusion is that they realize they are in very deep sh*t this cycle and are trying to get a bare minimum turnout through desperation tactics.
To go further - we REALLY disagree that our lifestyles, technical advances based on oil and electricity and livelihoods should be radically altered based on climate change “science” which can’t prove WE are causing ANY significant climate change.
All they can say is climate change is happening. It happened before us. It’ll happen after us.
OH NO! THE BLIGHT IS SPREADING!
Is it true that the Koch Brothers have an enormous amount of empty space in which they are now living rent free? Granted, this empty space is between the ears of many of the leading liberal Democrats, or Kleptocrats (as they should be more accurately described), and as such, not readily accessible in the normal space-time dimension, but so long as these vacant spaces are filled with this one resonating echo, there is no room for anything else.
"There is no such thing as a good tax."
Blame me because I think you are full of crap..What
AL are you running out of money or Is it you really are going to really try again to get the White house..I won’t say win because you morons don’t win you cheat..
I don’t know who I despise more AL the people that go along with your
lies or you..
Is that idiot Algore still alive? I thought he died of Dutch Elm Disease.
I think a question that should be asked of Gore everytime he spouts idiocy(I know every time he opens his mouth) is “ Hey Dilbert, why couldn’t you carry your home state in the election against Bush?”. If it doesn’t shut him up at least the color change in his face should be amusing.
Lighten up Al. Somebody had to expose your scam. Just take what money you’ve already stolen and live with it.
no....both Koch Brother could be kidnapped by aliens tomorrow, and we would STILL think that it was a stupid idea, Al.
Gore talking about “enforced orthodoxy”???? Pot meet kettle.
The worst part? That a substantial percentage of the population will buy right into it...
Gore said there is a “enforced orthodoxy” in the GOP today to deny climate change.
But there is no Dem/Liberal/statist “enforced orthodoxy” to blame humans for climate change, right Al?
I blame Al Gore for it being dark at night.
Ask any lib who the Koch brothers are and they don’t have a clue. What are their first names? What do they produce?
The concept of man changing this vast ecosystem is arrogant at best and retarded at worst.
If only the Koch brothers or any brothers had the power the looney-tune left claims they possess.
algore causes global warming (if there were any).