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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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They should take back the oscar because it was for a "documentary." This movie has several aspects in it that have been proven false and even ruled so in a court of law in England. Gore has even admitted that some other data and examples are "exaggerated" for affect, even though none of that is stated or disclaimed in the movie.

The bottom line is global warming, whether man made or not, is NOT decided. Many, many scientists think it is bogus and many others think it exists because of natural cycles and most noteably because of the sun.

Trying to get wealthy nations to pay for poor nations by way of taxes and fines and legislation through the UN in the name of global warming is nothing more than a redistribution of wealth. It gives the 'powers that be' more control & power over all of us and the best way to do that is force everyone on a more equal footing, not by bring the standard of living up for the poor (something the free market system has done for 100+ years) but by destroying the wealth of the perceived "too wealthy." It is communism. Some say liberalism or socialism or being progressive... whatever. It is all based on a Marxist vision.


Oh the humanity!!! Every tree hugging rabid environmentalist stumbles when trying to justify the carbon output of their champions/Gods such as Al Gore, and in that vein, they will deal with Climategate the same way, they'll pretend it doesn't exist. I want a clean environment for the sake of a clean environment, clean water, clean air, clean soil, etc. With that in mind though, there is no purpose in scuttling debate, and rushing headlong into programs that will fundamentally destroy the global economy as we know it. 10.3% unemployment bad? Wait until it is 15% or higher. Think a "green" economy is going to create jobs? Look at spain where 2.5 jobs were lost for every 1 green job created. No, it is simply about power and money. If you doubt it, follow the money, who benefits from all the proposed plans?

I agree; take back the Oscar. First ClimateGate; now OscarGate.

Apparently Climatology is a lot like fortune telling, but with less science behind it...

Hopefully the comment about the party crasher story being more important than the potential trillions of dollars they want us to spend on bogus climate change was snark.

Couldn't tell from the context.

Interestingly there are now two cases where researchers have been able to compare raw temperature data with the "value-added" data of CRU. One is from Europe and one is from New Zealand. In both cases the "value-added" data shows warming not seen in the raw data.

A very fair article Andrew, seems there are some non-partisan reporters out there still.

I think it's best that "climategate" happened. It will teach the rational among us to slow the hell down and it man made or just another cycle of Mother Nature (which is much more powerful than anything man can create).

Shouldn't he get an acadmey award for best fictional picture? I mean, lots of folks bought into it....cept me. I'm just trying to figure out how George Bush and Al Gore ended up living in each other's house.

Take the lying bastard's Oscar.

Thinking he is a liar is not a conservative or liberal issue. If you lie, you lied.

The British court system has already labeled about 9 clear lies in his movie.

AMEN, strip him of it now!!
I'm all for protecting the environment and reducing emissions but Al Gore is a fake, a fool, a phoney, a charlatan and an all around lying idiot! Now in light of what's going on with "climategate" he needs to be stripped of this Oscar...period!! Otherewise I will have no respect for the establishment of folks who determine who wins an Oscar award!!

I just completed a telephone conversation with an associate in Houston, TX. They are about to post a record in early season snow. Texas temperatures are dropping rapidly. Global warming! What a terrible thing!

Cap and trade has always been much more about income redistribution than about climate control.

Thanks a bunch, Al Gore!

Gore is the driving author of the greatest scientific fraud of all time.

ManBearPig is real.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the liberal myrmidons that made up the majority of the power structure in Hollywood would take heed to these words. There is no shame in them admitting that they were hoodwinked - in fact, it could give them some much needed credibility. Of course, since they happen to have built an entire industry and pseudo-religion out of the subject matter that they were hoodwinked on, there might be more than a little egg on their faces. But that's all right. It's not like they work in an industry where they need to maintain that credibility so that they can keep an audience or anything.

Taking back the Oscars would be a good start. Then the Nobel should be next, and most importatntly, he needs to be investigated and prosecuted.

Way back when Mr. Gore became VP, I wasn't too familiar with him. His wife, Tipper, was in the news quite a bit with her censoring of music, but he was sort of a nobody Senator. I thought his environmentalism was self serving and short of facts, but basically harmless. Even after he was out of office, I thought he was harmless, since it was so transparent that he didn't believe what he was saying himself. His personaly phylosophy has always been, do what he tells you to do, but he's not going to do it himself. Kind of like a meat eater telling others to go vegan. He doesn't have any credibility with how much energy he uses, how wasteful he is and his inablity to debate anything about the environment.

After his silly movie, which is more lies and fabrictions then anything else, the world lost it's ablity to think. How anybody cold take him seriously is still beyond me. Why anybody would listen to him is now starting to make sense. It's not about the environment, or the planet, it's all about the money. Mr. Gore is getting very wealthy with Global Warming, Green Technology, and Carbon Credits. Since it's now come out that it's all a hoax designed to empower those supporting it, Mr. Gore is guilty of Fraud at the very minimum.

Mr. Gore should be investigated and made an example of. Just because he was a politician, doesn't mean he's above the law. He's caused untold hardship on more people then we'll ever know, just to add to his bank account. He needs to repay all that he's taken from others, and then some. Mr. Gore belongs in jail for the rest of his life !!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree. Former Vice President Gore is a hypocrite and a scheister. Lending any credibility to this madness is, well, madness.Take back his statue and sentence him to a world tour of "I'm just a puppet trying to make money, and I have no idea if any of the stuff I say is true" speeches.

Well, isn't this the topping? The media, politicians and everyone else in this "green movement' have been exposed for bowing to the 90% of scientists that not only agreed to the data, but fraudulently created it.

This is their Dan Rather moment - although the information is fraudulent, proving there was NO CORRELATION of CO2 emissions to the earth's temperature, they stand by the lies as truth.

Absurd, but expected from this crowd. 2010 will be an election year for the record books.

Give the Oscar back and while your at it give back the millions of dollars you took from movie goers and give back the pulitzer. Talk about a bad role model for our kids. Lying, cheating Vice President of the United States, Tiger Woods is a better role model.

Al Gore is a liar and a cheat in my opinion. He will become rich if all the carbon laws (theft by tax) get passed. He just says he "puts his money where his mouth is". Well I would too if I stood to become the first carbon-billionaire. Besides, he has little trouble pumping the atmosphere full of of his own carbon by jetting all around the world. All this from someone who claims to be truly concerned about "climate change".

I think anything that can be done to bring attention to this global warming fraud is a worthy effort. We have to keep the heat on, so to speak, on the rest of the media to report this.

Thank you, Andrew. Some brave, soon-to-be unemployed sub-editor at the LA Times has finally allowed a little bit of reportage to break to the surface, DAYS after the story broke in England - where the real storm is peeling right this very minute - read British comments in the Times Online if you want to see anger. The world climate has cooled for 12 years now, and sunspot activity is at an alltime modern-age LOW. And this has happened before - as has global warming. But for now, we are in the LOWS, and we should be running this country - America - on the gargantuan, no, galactic quantities of natural gas we have in almost every state of the Union. This fraud has been perpetrated by scientists in search of money, and far leftists who hate this wonderful and most free of all nations - warts included - and who want us, as a punishment for all the ills we have brought to 'the working poor' thoughout history - UNITE! -, they want us to live by light rail and candlelight. This battle is now joined, and this is one the left will lose, hands down. Now that the light has broken through, all but the most simple-minded - 'les incompetant de village' - will want investigation, prosecutions for fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud in the inducement, and grand theft international. To those who simply cannot understand why anyone would lie to get money, I suggest you invest in a new coat - the next twenty years are going to be very, very cold.

Do these two gentlemen live in California? Because up until last week it felt like summer in Los Angeles.

Worlds most elaborate fraud perpetuated upon the citizens of the world...and many of you knuckleheads fell for it, hook, line and sinker. seriously people there is so little common sense out there today, that we have become the proverbial ship of fools. Its not a crime to be stupid, but make no mistake about it, it is a crime, to perpetuate such a fraud that could actually have robbed us of our liberty, prosperity, and futures. Prosecute the SOB's!

"There's a sucker born every minute" P.T. Barnum

Al you are a lier, you knew it and you should be stripped of any credibility you have.

take back his Academy Award? Negative, arrest this bum for treason.

The pain and suffering and loss of livelihood that these Marxist liars posing as so-called "environmentalists" have caused deserves a greater punishment than taking away an award.

The facts have been well established that reporting stations around the world have been indicating the globe has been cooling for that last 10 years. So the question is, why have the Climate Change crowd been ignoring these facts?

Because it doesn't fit their POLITICAL agenda!

And now, we have proof that leading Climate Change scientists have been behaving dishonestly with thei rresearch. And that still has no bearing on the Climate Change crowd. So, why in the face of compelling evidence proves that the conclusions of man made climate change are tremendously flawed, at least should be scientifically revisited, the Climate Change crowd have basically dug in their heels?

Because it doesn't fit their POLITICAL agenda!

....what a sad state we are in. When junk science is presented as fact and truth, the future of the credability of researchers will now always be suspect, especially when politicians and opinion-makers jump on the bandwagon and begin telling us what-is.

The emperor has no clothes- now if we can just get the media to report it!!!

Gore's Oscar is up there with Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh's winning the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Hitler. Those too were both inconvenient truths...

At least Lindbergh had the class to return his...

I suspect the "average American" has become pretty pissed off about political leaders lining their own pockets with taxpayer's money by creating the bogus boogeyman of "global warming".

Show us untainted facts, and we'll believe you... If you can't- shut your pieholes and go home.

So what are we calling this scam now? It was "Global Warming" but then, for some unexplained reason, became "Climate Change." MMMMm..I wonder why. This whole thing is about control and redistribution of wealth. Wake up people, use your head and follow the money.

Also, NASA is being sued because it refuse to give up the raw data they use to come up with the numbers. The FOIA requests are supposed to be replied to in 20 days, it's been 2 years. Are they hiding something?

Interesting. Al Gore has cashed in on the largest hoax in history. It is no wonder the left have sreamed that we have to do something NOW or we are all doomed. Gore is nothing more than a charlatan who needs his downfall to be very public as he is the symbol of the global warming hoax.

What is interesting is that leaders in the global warming have LIED and FAKED data. But instead of calling those LIARS and FAKERS into question, this blog wants to lash out at so called conservatives in Hollywood.

The global warming scientists and Al Gore are akin to those in history who pushed the flat earth theory. And why do they do it? For the money and taxes to be made.

Why Messrs Simon and Chetwynd, you radical teabaggers you are opposed to government and are racists, whereas we are all erudite fetish fools and we can see through your partisan ways. Lucky we dont get some 'change agents' to kick your truth to power.

signed, Bob Bauer, new WH lawyer :)

Typical liberal. Liberalism is a disease of the mind. It banishes rational thought and in its place puts heresay and feelings. DOWN WITH LIBERALISM!!!!!!!!

Hope these two stay strong ,there needs too be a strong voice out there ,about time someone exposed the fraud of al gore.

Don't take back the Oscar. Simply change its status from Best Documentary to Best Comedy.

Is this the only way the two could find a way to get their name at the top of a list? They should use their energy to win their own award. It would do many much good to learn about climate changes and how they work. If there's a doubt about global warming, I think there's people in Greenland who can respond to that. I see a lot of what's going on to an AC in the car before it finally goes--there's spurts of super freezings before there's no cooling of merit. The lack of is most noticeable in areas where the cold cold was existant. No need of me continuing, get educated on what's going on. Take a class on the environment, I did.

now that's funny!!!!

and i have to admit, a little surprising, coming from this paper.

thanks for the morning laugh :-)

While I can understand Simon and Chetwynd wanting to focus more attention on the Climategate scandal, I can't say that revoking Al Gore's Oscar is a good cause for them to advocate.

First of all, Gore himself did not win the Oscar. The actual honoree was Davis Guggenheim, director of "An Inconvenient Truth."

Second, it is not the fault of Guggenheim or Gore that they relied upon data provided by a third party in making their documentary, and, years later, that data was called into question. Their film was based on a view of climate science as Gore perceived it at the time.

Thank you Roger and Lionel. It takes true courage to stand up against the masses of socialist Hollywood Marxists. While the Hollywood elitists applaud the chief liar and change rules to give awards to a multi-millionaire hell-bent on destroying the lives of average Americans in the name of phony "global, climate change", they seek to destroy those that dare expose their lies. Out here in real America applaud you.

I don't think they should take back Gore's award per se. They should just change it to Best Screenplay since his movie isn't really a documentary, but a made up script. They should take away the Oscar of somebody who won Best Screenplay, so Gore can have it. Let's see how much Hollywood loves Gore if his little earth story takes something away from one of them.

Also a part of the problem on the Documentary is that they used CGI to fool viewers into believing they were seeing giant chunks of ice calving into icebergs. But that is just as accurate as using Fortran Code to change temperature declines into increases, so I guess it's no big deal.

Well if his movie, the one in which he received the award for, is based upon speculation and at best falsified information, then yes, the award should be given back or better yet stripped. Al Gore is a fraud and a hypocrite at best. He exudes what most liberals beleive which is the mantra of "do as I say, not as I do". He flys around in his private jet warning other about their carbon footprint. If he wanted to be truly green, video conferencing would be the way to go. Obama is doing the same thing. 71 car brigade in China? That is just a little excessive don't you think? And I cannot wait for the circus in Copenhagen next week. All of the "ClimateChange/Gate" representatives will be there with their entourages of 100 people which will have an unprofound effect on man made global warming....right? Oh wait I forgot about the emails.....

I wonder how much Al Gore knew? Did he know the scientists were forging temperature data to make it appear the earth was warming?

Where has Al been in the days and weeks since Climategate? No comment?

This has to be the biggest fraud in the history of man and likely Al and all his buddies were primed to get filthy rich.

Oh come on, why waste the time? They knew he was full of crap when they gave it to him, Michael Moore ring a bell? For hollywood a 'documentary' only has to loosely resemble actuality for it to be considered 'historical' or 'factual' - just like the Nobel folks know there is no legitimate reason for his or the empty suited charlatan in chiefs Nobel's. It's all political propaganda pure and simple and the justification they give would only be embarrassing and self serving if they even bother to respond. And don't expect the MSM in CNN/ABC/NYT/CBS et al to give it any credence either, they've done everything they can to ignore 'climategate' or downplay it's severity and that twit babs boxer is only interested in prosecuting... or more likely persecuting, the 'leaker'. Although - this could provide some comical entertainment value watchig the reality challenged, so called 'stars', stumbling all over themselves - but hollywood really isn't interested in the opinions of Americans - only the scant few whack job libs who have convinced themselves their views represent a majority.
We've seen how willing liberals are to stifle the free speech of anyone who disagrees with them and to attempt to divert and define all conservative speech as racist, intolerant or hate speech. Their own intolerance and hatred is so blinding that it's simply justified to them.

You stand a better chance of hollywood finding another award to give this hypocritical, lying, chicken little whack job.
It amazes me the dems have tied themselves so tightly to people and policies that are so far out of touch with the American people and even reality that - and then have the nerve to attack the majority of Americans for having the audacity to question their 'genius'.
Unwarranted arrogance at it's most dangerous to the American people and our way of life!

that would be "shibboleths"

Lately it seems major awards are given more to make a political statement than to reward actual achievement.

I have long thought global warming was a hoax perpetrated as a way to coerce people to live the way leftists think they should.

I am glad Gore won the Oscar and the Nobel because it exposes those organizations for the tools they are.

Very appropriate. Al Gore is the modern-day version of a snake-oil salesman. It's amazing how many people buy his crap; but it has made him (more) wealthy.

There's no Oscar to take away from Al Gore because he has never won an Oscar. The two Oscars awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth" went to the film's director, David Guggenheim (Best Documentary Feature) and Melissa Etheredge (Best Song).

Don't forget to get the guy's Nobel Peace Prize ...

The Q

It should NOT have been awarded in the first place.

Likewise, Obama should be stripped of the Nobel 'Peace' Prize.

"He speaks of peace, while preparing for WAR."

Liberalism is merely a communist front.

He can keep the dumb statue and continue to make money off his scam as long as its not my money (capitalism)...If liberal fools in search of something to believe in want to shell over $ to listen to this shim sham man then so be it. Oh, heard he was charging 1500 for a handshake in Copenhagen!!The real danger of Gores sky is falling technique is if the US adopts new legislation to tax everything that moves (even more) on the flawed premise of global warming. Pelosi/O/Ried should not be able to tell me what to set my thermastat at while they fly private jets and live in mansions-

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