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Al Gore: Basic Science

Over at the Corner John Derbyshire links to a clip of Al Gore on the Tonight Show explaining geothermal energy to Conan O'Brien. Let's take a listen.

In case the clip gets taken down, here's the quote of interest, where Gore is explaining the source of geothermal energy.
It definitely is, and it's a relatively new one. People think about geothermal energy -- when they think about it at all -- in terms of the hot water bubbling up in some places, but two kilometers or so down in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks, 'cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees, and the crust of the earth is hot ...
Emphasis mine. Of course the core of the Earth is a few thousand degrees, not a few million. For reference, the sun is a few million degrees at its core. But what's a factor of a thousand between friends. Perhaps Al can claim only to have only made a million or so off of global warming and his connections in congress when it is actually a billion. Being off by three orders of magnitude is so convenient sometimes. Ed Morrissey adds his thoughts over at Hot Air.

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin made such an utterly ridiculous comment on national television?


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Comments (22)

SO, is he a liar, or just a... (Below threshold)

SO, is he a liar, or just another clueless libbie?

And isn't it comforting to ... (Below threshold)

And isn't it comforting to know that On April 2, 2008, Barack Obama said,

"I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this [climate] problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him."

As for Gore, I knew he was nuts but not this bad.

Al wouldn't know the scient... (Below threshold)
recovering liberal democrat:

Al wouldn't know the scientific method if it hit him in his fat head.

Maybe AP should put a dozen... (Below threshold)

Maybe AP should put a dozen full-timers to fact check Gore. They're no longer needed in Alaska, where they were assigned long enough to become legal residents of the state. Or they might take them off the Great Palin Book Inquisition.

Excelsior!... (Below threshold)


Summary: Al Gore wrong by s... (Below threshold)

Summary: Al Gore wrong by several orders of magnitude.

And this is news to whom ?

Al was probably distracted.... (Below threshold)

Al was probably distracted. He's thinking of the MILLIONS he'll make in Crap and Tax. Too bad that bill is DOA in the Senate. Al might have to go out and get a real job.

Al Gore is wrong about AGW ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Al Gore is wrong about AGW and has made a rich fool of himself selling that scam. That said, hot dry rock geothermal energy has real potential that shouldn't be ignored just because some scum bag talks about it.

Here's an excerpt from this article about HDR geothermal energy.

Hot Dry Rock (HDR) geothermal energy offers considerable advantages compared to other renewables such as Solar or Wind - including the potential for 95% availability and the ability to load-follow and peak.
"Al Gore is wrong about AGW... (Below threshold)

"Al Gore is wrong about AGW and has made a rich fool of himself selling that scam"

He already was a rich fool. The scammin part just comes naturally for lib shucksters.

"but two kilometers or so down in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks, 'cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees,"

Ummm, Moron.

Do You think this imbecile could shut His yap and reduce the "greenhouse gases", He espouses threaten the Universe ?... No... Did'nt think so.

several million degrees? w... (Below threshold)

several million degrees? well no wonder it's getting warmer! glad we cleared that up...surely using plastic bags at the grocery store isn't going to offset that.

"Having researched this sub... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"Having researched this subject for some 40 years, nobody understands the issue better than Al Gore and nobody can explain it more clearly and compellingly to the lay person." -- Laurie David

Yeah. That Palin is soooo stupid.

Give him a break, he probab... (Below threshold)

Give him a break, he probably just watched 2012 and is now convinced that mutated nuetrinos from the sun that are artificially raising the temperature of the Earth's core is now the new threat to humanity. This makes even more since when one considers his superficial resemblance to the corpulant Oliver Platt.
Based on this new information we can now deduce that Gore's Global Warming fixation was a product of watching The Day After Tommorrow and in the 90's he was probably more concerned about giant mutated lizards and vast city destroying spaceships than any of the silly global warming stuff.
I predict he will begin warning people about the dangers of Manbearpig in three... two.. one....

C'mon guys... he's trying t... (Below threshold)

C'mon guys... he's trying to solve a cereal problem. MBP must be stopped.

the earth is extremely h... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees

I don't think even Dr Evil would be this far off in orders of magnitude.

Eh - algore's sounding mor... (Below threshold)

Eh - algore's sounding more like a big, steaming Number Two instead of Dr. Evil ...

"but two kilometers or so d... (Below threshold)

"but two kilometers or so down in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks, 'cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees,"

By this illogical blithering inane logic, since this non existent summer has been so damn cold I would say the center of the ice berg that sank the Obama administration must be at least a sound -12,000,000,000,000 degrees celcius.. And I have the science to prove it. Look at the deficit.

Notice how our resident lib... (Below threshold)

Notice how our resident liberal trolls fail to weigh in when one of their own gets exposed as an idiot and a total fraud? If Sarah Palin had said anything this amazingly stupid they would be here in force and would probably never leave. Al Gore is an embarrassment to their side. How he has managed to profit to the degree he has through this insane global warming hysteria is utterly amazing and it is absolute proof positive that fools and their money are soon parted...

Thank God this once upon a ... (Below threshold)

Thank God this once upon a time world's potentially most dangerous dullard is now three places removed from that title. Held, now that he has left both Al-Fredo Gore-leone and Mr Julia Stimson Thorne Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Heinz AKA "John" Kohn-Kerry way way behind in the race to being the world's dumbest ever dangerous dullard, B Milhouse 0zero.

(Or was it Missus Cli'ton? So hard to tell one dumb "Democrat" from every other dumb "Democrat")

At 1.9-2.3 km below, the te... (Below threshold)

At 1.9-2.3 km below, the temperatures average 3*10^7 degrees Gorium. What scale do you use?

So....Algore's claim of tem... (Below threshold)

So....Algore's claim of temps inside the earth is verifiably off by a factor of 100,000%, but we should trust him that surface temps are going to go up by a degree or two, and THAT will be the death of us....

Could I have a second opinion, please...from an ADULT?

#15... No, that would be B... (Below threshold)

#15... No, that would be Bono.

BEDEMIR: Who are you who a... (Below threshold)
Mike miller:

BEDEMIR: Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science?
ARTHUR: I am AlGore, King of the Gullible!
BEDEMIR: My liege!






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