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Take back Al Gore's Oscar, 2 Academy members demand in light of Climategate [Updated]

Ex-VP Democrat Al Gore clutches his 2007 Oscar--from his cold dead hands

No, it wouldn't do anything for the environment.

But two Hollywood conservatives (yes, there are some) have called upon the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rescind the prestigious, profitable gold Oscar statuette that it gave ex-Vice President Al Gore et al two years ago for the environmental movie "An Inconvenient Truth."

A Top of the Ticket post Dec. 4 about former Vice President Al Gore and the film “An Inconvenient Truth” incorrectly reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Gore an Oscar. Although Gore appeared in the film and participated in the Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar was given to the movie for best documentary. The post also refers to the “leak” of controversial e-mails concerning research into global warming but did not explain how the documents were obtained. The e-mails were obtained by computer hackers who then leaked their contents to the public by posting them online.

Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, both academy members, are among a small, meandering pack of known political conservatives still believed to be on the loose in the liberal bastion of movie-making.

In 2007, Hollywood's academy sanctified Gore's cinematic message of global warming with its famous statue, enriched his earnings by $100,000 per 85-minute appearance and helped elevate the Tennesseean's profile to win the Nobel Peace Prize despite losing the election battle of 2000 to a Texan and living in a large house with lots of energy-driven appliances.

Chetwynd and Simon were prompted to make their hopeless demand this week by the ... 

... leak two weeks ago of a blizzard of British academic e-mails purporting to show that scientists at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit systematically falsified data to document the appearance of global warming in recent years.

The university is reportedly investigating the claims, which added dry fuel to the never-ending political debate over whether the Earth really is warming as a result of human activity or if it's just normal natural cycles and the debate is what's heated. The demand to withdraw Gore's award provides yet another opportunity to argue.

The startling leak comes at an inconvenient time just before next week's United Nations climate change meeting that will cause an immense carbon footprint with thousands of people flying up or over to Denmark to talk about saving the environment.

These airplanes will include Air Force One with its primary passenger President Obama, who's returning to the Copenhagen scene where he didn't help win the 2016 Summer Olympics for Chicago, which could do with a little global warming at this time of year.

Simon, a screenwriter who is also chief executive officer of Pajamas Media, a network of conservative online blogs, conceded he knew of no precedent for the Academy withdrawing a previously-awarded Oscar, despite decades of Hollywood hijinks and worse. But, he added, "I think they should rescind this one."

Democrat ex-VP Al Gore talking about the environment

The controversial leaked documents have been assembled here by Pajamas Media and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The joint demand by Simon and filmmaker Chetwynd is available on video here.

The television news-watching world in America has not learned much about the so-called Climategate scandal because it has not really been mentioned on the air except for a notorious cable news channel named for a three-lettered, wily, wild animal that often seems to revel in debunking liberal shibboleths.

Network news programs have been far more concerned with the obviously more important White House party-crasher story involving a couple of formally-dressed phonies.

The falsified documents do not come up in Gore interview excerpts published late last night here by Politico's John F. Harris and Mike Allen.

This week White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs claimed that global warming was no longer in dispute by most people. But a subsequent Rasmussen Reports poll of Americans finds only 1 in 4 adults believe that most scientists agree on the topic.

And while only 20% claim to have followed the leaked e-mail story Very Closely, nearly 60% believe it is at least somewhat likely that scientists have falsified environmental data to support their own global warming beliefs and theories.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Let me at the liar!!!!

The academy rarely picks a documentary film anymore. They pick propaganda films. Films to try to convince people to feel a certain way.

Gee that's funny JoeBlow. I could swear the Antartic ice is expanding. Did you get your data from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit? There's obviously no way to dispute that science you quote, is there? You don't seem to get that all of the statements you made are highly suspect at this point.

well uk "global warming/climate change minister" "ed miliband" has said people who question man made global warming are "flat earthers" but as i said in my blog post what does that statement make ed miliband?.

in consideration to how the cience is looking?.

news - global warming minister equals DIM WIT?

Good idea. Problem is that Gore didn't win an Oscar. The film's producers did.

I would strip him not only of the Oscar and the Nobel prize, but his birthcertificate also.
How can anyone believe a word from this man who is a professional liar. He studied for the priesthood, but that was against his nature, to love his fellow man, speak the truth etc. So he became a politician.
This whole crap about man made CO2 levels cause warming is bogus. How about the same amount of warming on other planets like Mars and the inner planets, where no man exists? This whole crisis is based on computer models. As everyone knows, about computers, garbage in-garbage out.

And just what could you expect from the guy who claimed to INVENT the internet, lied to both the public, tobacco companies and the lobby groups on where he stood, and when he was Governer of Tennesse let his State Election Commissioner go to Federal Prison for not ratting him out.

They should take his award away and lock him up in prison!

I'm by no means a fan or supporter of Al Gore. But that being said, let's not pretend that this is the first time that a film would have played fast and loose with the truth. If the Academy were to take back Gore's Oscar, how many other awards given to other films would need to be rescinded for inaccuracies and falsehoods?

So many of you seem to need reminding that the debate is not whether global warming/climate change is real but whether it is man-made or not. Gore says it is, and he's heavily invested in Carbon trading. His future wealth depends on you believing him without question.

No need to take away Algore's Oscar; Just chang the catagory from best documentary to best Science Fiction film. Problem Solved!


Another Joke. His claim to fame. If politicans counld just stick to doing there jobs correctly . We would not be in this DEPRESSION!!!!!!!!!!!

A great article. It's nice to see a reporter make an effort and do some research. It's a change from the usual grab a couple of quotes and make a meandering story around it. And, thanks for correctly pointing out the issue which is whether or not man is causing the earth's warming. So, many pundits speak in half truths when they dismiss climategate because the evidence is clear that the earth has warmed in the last century. (A fact that is also in dispute.) As to the subject, the big story here is that the mainstream media has refused to report this issue. I noted yesterday my frustration at listening to Matt Lauer do yet another story on the W.H. crashers.

Sooner or later, they will have to report it. Three investigations are ongoing and if you really look at what these scientists did, you can't draw any other conclusion other than they committed fraud by altering temperature readings to fit their theory and picking and misleading the world by playing with the size of the temperature pool in order to prove that there was no mediaeval warming period. The fraud is evident and it is all there in black and white. The W.H. will look very silly for not taking this issue more seriously.

Hypocrite! Al Gore has a "carbon footprint" the size of Rhode Island.

C'mon, let him keep is stupid little statue.

Take it back now, what a scam and sham.

Of course, the Oscar should be taken away. What a crock and piece of goods we're being sold by the Academy. It's time to get real folks - and get off the liberal merry go-round. Gore has made a fool of the Academy and the American people. What's next? Polish Sausage is healthy to eat? Love to watch the Oscars but not when they give awards to con-artists.

Ron Paul! Freedom!

"SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based."

1 - Already one respected US climate scientist, Dr Eduardo Zorita, has called for Dr Mann and Dr Jones to be barred from any further participation in the IPCC. Even our own George Monbiot, horrified at finding how he has been betrayed by the supposed experts he has been revering and citing for so long, has called for Dr Jones to step down as head of the CRU.

2 - Our hopelessly compromised scientific establishment cannot be allowed to get away with a whitewash of what has become the greatest scientific scandal of our age.

Without data we cannot make an intelligent decision. We should stop people like Gore from taking advantage of the uninformed population. The main news organizations are so silent on this that is very scary. Of course I stopped watching NBC, ABC and CBS long time ago. The internet (that Gore invented) is now our main source of intelligent information.

TAKE IT BACK!!!! Make him apologize for lying to the people.

This story had me ROFLOL! I wish them luck, getting Gore off this scam reminds me greatly of getting ticks off my dog!

Take it back! Imagine, if it were't for global warming we'd be snowed in by now, here in Houston Texas, instead of merely a feather dusting white ground with a record early snow fall!! Ho ho!! Global cooling maybe...tsk tsk!!

Dear Joe,

You can either choose to have an angry, fact free rant like almost all the other posters or maybe engage in a serious discussion. Your choice.

But the facts show that parts of the ice sheets covering Greenland and the Antarctic and nearly all the glaciers in the world are melting. It's the reason why low elevation countries like the Maldives are extremely worried about this. And if parts of the Antarctic are also getting less dry it's because warmer air means more evaporation which means more precipitation. This is known as the water cycle.

Now if you don't like science especially that which disagrees with your worldview I suggest you avoid all the evil scientists including those that call themselves doctors, teachers, and engineers.

We've all herad the term "povery pimp" use to describe those profiting extremely well at the expense those same people claim to be helping. Well, now we can add the name of ALLLL Gore to the ever increasing list of enviornmental pimps.

La la la la la la what did you say, i can't hear you, the argument is over, i won, la la la la la la la.

Take his electric meter off his Mansion. Take away his private jet and his albility to fly on any plane or jet. Take away his houseboat, his jet ski's, his SUV's, take away all the items he owns that use fossil fuel.

Give this moron a windmill, a hand crank generator, some solar cells and let this arrogant, pompous, lying leftist ass live the way he preaches for others to live.

I'm surprised many here miss the point. The reason these two gentlemen have done this, have demanded Al Gore's award be taken back, is painfully obvious to everyone, everyone except half the country apparently.

They made this obviously futile demand to force the mainstream media to cover the ClimateGate story. Isn't it obvious? How else could the MSM explain why two Academy members are demanding his award be rescinded? They are forced to cover the story.

C'mon, people. This isn't rocket science. It's like Die Hard's John McLane setting off the fire alarm in the Nakatomi Tower when there's no fire.

I would suggest that the "Academy" be asked to just change the category from"Documentary" to "Science Fiction" That would straighten things out

Milli Vanilli faked two albums and they lost their Grammy Award. Owl Gore used faked data to make his movie, similar to what Michael Moore does with his POS films.

He is making millions of dollars by scaring the crap out of people and making them think the sky is falling. By giving this tool bag an Oscar or Nobel Peace prize does nothing but stroke is already enormous ego. He will not debate ANYONE about this, because he does not have the facts to back up his claims. Just like the polar bears in his movie. He keeps saying that they are going extinct because of global warming...but there's way more bears now than there has ever been. Doesn’t make sense...

Does it really matter? The Nobel Peace Prize, Oscars and Scientific Peer Reviews have all become meaningless and worthless. If it has anything to do with a democrat, you can be assured that it is propaganda, lies, deceit, bait-and-switch, or just plain self-serving designed to move the citizens towards Totalitarian control.

AlGore and his phony prizes are a testament to the sleaze and corruption that is now called the Marxist controlled democrat party.

Gore fits right in with the blowhard Hollywood types - people working at making believe they are someone else engaging in reverie.

Dear Mr. Malcolm - I for one appreciate your very informative article. It is time to put these social engineers in their place. I used to love going to the movies, but due to too many of the actors we have now pushing a socialist/fascist agenda -- such as Sean Penn and George Clooney I have stopped going. I refuse to spend my hard earned money to make these clowns any richer at the expense of my unalienable rights.

Don't take Algore's Oscar! Just change the category to: "BEST PROPAGANDA FILM FOR PERSONAL AGGRANDIZEMENT".

I don't give a rip about Algore's Oscar. The process of awarding the little statue is as big a hoax as global warming.

What I want back is all of my tax dollars that went to funding a group of deceitful, dishonest, discredited, disgraced, and dishonorable members of the scientific community trying to bilk me out of more money. Disgusting.

you're right, everything is fine. No need to do anything at all about how humans behave toward the planet. Sorry we even suggested it.

To Steve:

These are not "Some researchers at some British university...". These are the top climate "scientists" in the world. Their work is used by the UN and the EPA. If you think this is a "non-story" you are in for a big shock. Cap and trade goes nowhere until this is thoroughly investigated and the science is performed objectively. Everytime the alarmists bring this subject up they are going to get smacked right in the kisser with this. Get your head out of the sand and let's find out what happened here and what the science really is. In the meantime Al Gore can put his hockey stick where the moon don't shine.

Climategate shows that Global Warming is a sham. It's truly a dangerous ideology. In the name of saving the planet, these crooked politicians will try to control behaviour. They can even kill billions of people in the name of reducing the population in order to save the planet.

Al "Gulf Stream" Gore knows this is a sham. If it were life and death Gore and these liberal stars would change their lifestyles. These people have carbon footprints the size of king kongs foot.

Yeah Joe....lets also pretend that 80% of what you just said was actually based on reputable science and not those in bed with the Gore/Moore machine. Call me crazy, but checking your sources isn't a new concept. Let me guess, you probably also think that capitalism is ruining America and the Democratic party is honest? (Neither party is honest, btw....)

I really don't care he got an Oscar for this, it's just a show business award, and nobody takes that seriously. But I really think he should give back the Nobel Peace prize.

Gore should be sodomized with the oscar.

What about the Nobel Prize Money? He should give that back as well. What about the billions of dollars he's gotten from his "green" compaines? Should he be investigated for raqueteering? A typical Hypocrat. A lie is a lie - no matter how many times you repeat it.

Al Gore does NOT have an Oscar.

The award went to the director of the movie, not him.

Al Gore was never awarded an Oscar so how could it be taken back? Just because that pompous windbag leapt on stage and grabbed Davis Guggenheim's Oscar, does not make it his.

More relevant is that they awarded this prize while knowing that it was full of errors, omissions and lies. Of course the precedent here was set by Michael Moore who proved you don't have to accurate or honest to get the Oscar. To this town, style always trumps substance. Why should a "Documentary" be honest? Guess it doesn't.

Dunce. It's not Gore's Oscar to give back. The Oscar for Brst Documentary goes to the director.

i won't be able to sleep until they tear it out of his gripped hands...
al gore you socialist marxist pig

we ought a burn him at the stake
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Please see the "Petition Project," and see what science trained people actually think about the putative emergency and its solution... .

The issues of AGW was solved a decade ago when any fool realized that without this... one factor the discussion would not exist: AGW provides the final core goal of Global Government, taxation of the world and transfer of wealth... and vastly would accelerate the dissolving of national sovereignty.

It has the additional advantage... that might just have something to do with it... of giving further TRILLIONS to the World Bank/FED/Central Banks worldwide/IMf and the U.N and requiring loans, un-audited... against our grade grandchildren's lives... one can call it many things, but the obvious phrase is: world slavery.

Americans with even tangential experience with Liberty and that is all we are currently... allowed... and its creativity that proceeds its... Universities in the USA and its business communities, know that the way to address environmental problems, of which there are many real and very difficult examples, is through Liberty's most able ally: individual human invention and voluntary human cooperation.

This of course assumes that "Science," that was given life by the ideals of the Enlightenment and whose core value is that of provable physical truth... is still in search of truth... without political agenda.

And THAT of course... is not the case... .

The Green movement call it what one will... is the psychic, very well PLANED, political deflection... for religion, national sovereignty, family, American political idealism and yes, the very human core longing for individual Liberty.

The latter is most centrally centered in the Constitution's First Amendment... that right to speak any idea in print or word that one wishes.

No degree of alarm is too much at the next obvious effort now cresting on the far ridge: "HATE SPEECH LAWS."

They will start with the Holocaust as in Europe already... and poor over all comment on history and whatever the current propaganda effort and agenda is... favoring certain racial groups as always with the psychic purpose of silencing others.

We all of course already deeply edit public speech; words catch in our mouths and ideas not entertained... . This is intolerable!

Without the functional outcome of world government... that is, if Liberty's creative flows were accepted as the only way to address effectively "AGW," IF the damned lie existed... would we even be talking about the issue?

The very disturbing fact is this: no matter how big the lie now... if it is in service of the goal of world government, no matter its particular ... it is just carried on as though hundreds of years of free scientific and political discussion is not the history of the West.

One can not help but connect three recent events in history with this world altering attempt:

1. Sept. 11th. and the highly suspicious anthrax attacks and its supposed outcome - a very convenient suicide. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and against whom it is fought and for whom it is prosecuted ultimately.

2. The economic collapse suborned by the avuncular Mr. Greespan ... a credit expansion of historic proportions after the killing of American manufacturing on the alter of "free trade," and... the I suspect timed contraction of the same as before the "Great Depression" conveniently between two world wars.

3. AGW and the ascendancy of Environmental international radicalism now at the core of all Western governments.

We have depended on free speech ... to extricate America eventually from all difficulties... but what if... events have been controlled to a substantive degree since before the 1st World War? What if the near future holds tools through bioengineering/neurological implants and genetic manipulation that if used for political goals are so horrible that today's mind can not even encompass the reality? Add to this the now almost possibly complete control of information and the tracking of personal communication and then... a sometimes... warm cage... expands to the entire world.

Simply test this one idea: who do you know who is not... condescending to the human race who is politically active?

There may be a few... with that American central belief and optimism left, but most and all that militantly believe in AGW, more often hate this country and nations as a concept... and in their guarded human hearts... despise humanity ... all but their small initiated Elite.
Behind it is the most poisonous racism of all. Behind it is death.

Gore's movie was supposed to be a documentary, right? But, didn't people find out that some of the scenes he used were taken from the sci-fi movie "The Day After Tomorrow". Oscar should have been taken back then.

I think that WE THE PEOPLE have a right to sue this unscrupulous band of environmental thugs. What avenue or law firm could we use?

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