Al Gore Wants $15 Trillion To Fight Off Apocalyptic 2 Degree Global Temperature Rise

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Al Gore, via a new report from his Energy Transitions Commission (ETC), would like for you to know that he has a plan to save all of mankind from inevitable extinction which will come by around the year 2030 unless we join his global warming crusade immediately.

For those of you ignorant, science-hating, climate-doubters among our reader base who refuse to take Al Gore's word at face value, here is a little background on the ETC.  Apparently they have single-handedly taken upon themselves the epic goal of fighting a cataclysmic 2 degree temp rise over the next 20 years.

The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) brings together a diverse group of individuals from the energy and climate communities: investors, incumbent energy companies, industry disruptors, equipment suppliers, energy-intensive industries, non-profit organizations, advisors, and academics from across the developed and developing world. Our aim is to accelerate change towards low-carbon energy systems that enable robust economic development and limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2?C.

So, how does Al Gore intend to accomplish his lofty goal of saving planet Earth?  Well, by eradicating coal, installing massive renewable energy projects and enlisting the support of some "forceful public policies," of course.  

Energy transition 1 – decarbonization of power combined with extended electrification could account for the largest share of emissions reductions between now and 2040. Zero-carbon sources (mainly renewables) could account for up to 80% of the global power mix by 2040, while coal-fired power need to decline steeply as soon as possible.


Energy transition 2 – decarbonization of activities which cannot be cost-effectively electrified – will probably account for only a small share of emissions reductions over the next 20 years, but will become absolutely vital as the potential for electrification is exhausted. Major work is still required to define the path to success.


Energy transition 3 – energy productivity – considerable progress is being achieved, but a further acceleration is required. This is technically and economically feasible, but will required more forceful public policies.


Energy transition 4 - implies falling fossil fuels use, even if carbon capture and sequestration* is developed on a very large scale. However, at the moment, progress on all forms of carbon sequestration (including natural carbon sinks*, underground storage* and CO² -based products*) is too slow and requires supportive policy frameworks in order to progress.

So how much will it cost for Al Gore to save us from ourselves?  How about $15 Trillion...does that sound reasonable to everyone?

The transition to a low-carbon global economy* will require significant additional energy system investments – around $300-$600 billion per annum – compared with a business as usual scenario. In the context of global GDP running at around $80 trillion in 2017, and global annual investment at $20 trillion, additional investments of around $300-$600 billion per annum do not pose a major macroeconomic challenge. Clean energy investments with predictable long-term returns could be attractive to a range of institutional investors in the current low interest rate environment.


However, a well below 2?C pathway requires a major change in the mix of investment. Total fossil fuels investment between now and 2030 could be some $3.7 trillion ($175 billion per year) lower than in a business as usual scenario; investment in renewables and other low-carbon technologies some $6 trillion higher ($300 billion per year); while the largest required increases – of almost $9 trillion ($450 billion per year) – will be in more efficient energy saving equipment and buildings.

With all that said, we thought this would be a good opportunity to put Al's view of the future into perspective by reviewing some of the apocalyptic predictions made at the first Earth Day in 1970, courtesy of

  • Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
  • “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.
  • “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
  • Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”
  • In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
  • Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in 1970 that “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Paul Ehrlich warned in the May 1970 issue of Audubon that DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons “may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” Ehrlich warned that Americans born since 1946…now had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and he predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out. (Note: According to the most recent CDC report, life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years).
  • Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'”
  • Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences, published a chart in Scientific American that looked at metal reserves and estimated the humanity would totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would be gone before 1990.
  • Sen. Gaylord Nelson wrote in Look that, “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
  • Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

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NidStyles's picture

I want $30 million so I can buy my own island, dont think Congress will approve that either.

knukles's picture

Can somebody please make this shit stop?
Nobody is convincing me of anything; other than they and a cadre of idiots need to be replaced

booboo's picture

Since when did they need to convince you before stealing your money. Money grubbing fucking globalist are seeing limits to their current cash cow in global productivity and need a new funding platform. Enter fake science at the end of a gun.

847328_3527's picture
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bigdumbnugly's picture

Al.  Please just go away in a room by yourself and release your second chakra.

You'll be much more calm and rational after.

P.S.  Don't forget the tissues.

J S Bach's picture

Al Gore has that same imbecilic air as George Bush... and that's saying something.

wren's picture

Give me $15 Trillion and I'll fight off global warming. I promise...

Schlump's picture

$15T is too much!

It's cheaper to just let the planet warm and let a few billion people die. Sad. But the poor ARE losers, so moving on .. the Rich will be fine, so I have few concerns.

"The beauty of me is that I’m very rich." (actual Trump quote)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A trillion here, a trillion, there. Before you know it, we're talking real money.

Manthong's picture


It seems the water level in my toilet is an inch two lower now…

It seems to me to be the fault of Algorythmic  crap,

The Navigator's picture

Al Gore, FUCK YOU, and get off my planet.

Pinto Currency's picture

Former Obama Official: Climate Data Purposely Manipulated to Influence Public Opinion and Policy

cougar_w's picture

$15T would be a great start. Would stimulate the economy. Create jobs. Revitalize our neglected education systems by stimulating young people to get degrees in engineering rather than sports. I totally do not see a down side at all.

Except that it won't work. Can't save the world at this point. Certainly not by throwing money at the problem. He are already totally 100% fuxor3d on the climate end of things. Just baked. Stick a fork in it, it's done.

But like I said, great start.

Manthong's picture

algorythmic... triple gag again


I am so deep...

almost as low as an algore chackra.

Winston Churchill's picture

You missed the per anum.

It is in microprint.

SixIsNinE's picture

here's the WoodenFraudster Algore's (an UltimateDooshbag)  recent plea for change from the serfs :

Dear ____,

In the decade since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, a lot has changed. Climate science has made major advances. Renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, has become cheaper than fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the world. Electric vehicles are more popular than ever.

Last week, the president signed an executive order to begin rolling back environmental protections and policies, including the Clean Power Plan, a cornerstone of our nation’s commitment to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. These actions are a misguided step away from a sustainable, carbon-free future for ourselves and generations to come.


Help our team at The Climate Reality Project raise $100,000 so we can continue to fight the climate crisis and work to create the healthy, sustainable future our planet deserves.

Today, with your support, we’re investing in the next generation of climate activists around the world through our Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program. These Climate Reality Leaders learn the practical tools they need to educate and inspire a new wave of curiosity, innovation, and climate action in their communities. My upcoming film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, features the inspiring work of many of these Leaders and shows just how important everyday activists are to the fight for solutions to the climate crisis.

No matter how discouraging the president’s executive order may be, we must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.

Please consider making a generous contribution to Climate Reality today to support our efforts to mobilize citizens of the world to help put an end to the climate crisis and grow the clean energy economy.  

With your help, we can truly make a difference and create a better tomorrow.

With gratitude and hope,

Al Gore
Founder and Chairman
The Climate Reality Fraudsters Project  - even pennies help, serfs !  donate now!!!

BeanusCountus's picture

The planet will warm if it's going to warm, or cool if it's going to cool. With or without giving 15T to Al Gore.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Provide a link 4 day ZH poster. 

Calmyourself's picture

Look Al needs to cut his 20K electric bill for his Tenn. mansion and then save me from man bear pig then I will consider the 15 trillion, idiot...

Tejano's picture

If we can get the promised 2°C warming then we can open up large areas of northern Canada and Siberia to agriculture. With all that wheat and corn we could feed millions more cute little non-productive bay-bees. Wouldn't that be nice?

Mr. Bones's picture

Suppose we do the spend.

How does he prove, after the fact, that the two degrees of warming didn't happen?

How does he prove that the two degrees of warming didn't happen when today the models are not predictive, and if they models are not predictive now - how could they possibly account for the results of all the spend?

eatthebanksters's picture

If he gets his spiff (10%) he'll be the world's first trillionaire.  What a fucking ass clown this guy is.

SixIsNinE's picture

he's just talkin' to his base.


Carl Spackler's picture

What's Gore's skim on that, 1 basis point???
(E.g. $1.5 billion)

"For services rendered"

BennyBoy's picture


That fat turd needs to improve the fear in his speeches. Rather boring, repetitive and a lie.

About as accurate as his stand of using food, corn, to fuel cars and starve people.

Today where I am the air has a notorious glaobal warming gas making up 20% of the atmospere: H2O. Cloudy with heavy rain, cool temp.

CO2 holding steady at 0.04%.

jcaz's picture

If Al would just shut the fuck up, global CO2 levels would be cut in half........

Implied Violins's picture

Oh, but it WILL increase - after the coming ice age kills off all vegetation and it (slowly) rots. As the ice core data shows.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

More like $15 billion per year.....for management services.

The Navigator's picture

Isn't that the management fee for the Carbon Trade Exchange?

$15Tril/year seems fair... $100Bil doesn't go that far these days.

Fuck you Al Gore, get off my planet.

lucyvp's picture

Heck I can do it for 10T, but of course I need my 1% cut per anmum to over see the effort :-0

vealparm's picture

Can't we just send Algore on a hunting trip to the same ranch Judge Scalia went to?

HooRAY4rSIDE's picture

I want one quadrillion so I can build a DEATH STAR and point the fucker straight at Al Gore. Nothing less will do.

Lore's picture

Nobody is taking ManBearPig seriously anymore, except his corrupt vested base comprised of govt/quango whores and quasi-cult disciple whores.


BeanusCountus's picture

That has merit. What say you do a go fund me page? I'm in.

yogibear's picture

Soon Trump will be firing nukes. Once WWIII starts you'll have to worry about a nuclear winter.

Raffie's picture

Al Gore is the solution to a problem that never existed.

The Navigator's picture

Except for the problem that he is not already heading the Carbon Trade Exchange that he wants to exist.

detached.amusement's picture

The Chicago Climate Exchange has already lived its life, and died from lack of interest in the swindle.

nuubee's picture

What's $15 trillion in environmental bailout funding when you can print as much as you want?

mofreedom's picture

I really think he wishes he could go back in time and not lose the love of family that he had. He looks SAD. No pitty, just sayin. He already had the oil money and name.

NidStyles's picture

One would think that fate would be preferable. Having educated children in a stable household in the first world is supposedly more strenuous on the environment according to the Church of Carbon....



Pickleton's picture

Church of the Climaphate.



It just says SO much more.

SixIsNinE's picture

+1000 Carbon Credits -  Climaphate !!  love it!


HRClinton's picture

Just give him 15 x $1Trillion Dollar coins. Tell him they absorb Carbon credits.

I never liked him.  Did you see how he kissed his wife at the DNC convention? Awful oral skills.  No wonder she left him.  

krispkritter's picture

Guess he should have hired Billy boy for advice on oral matters. Billy should have consulted Martha Stewart on cleaning though.

junction's picture

Let's start by blowing up 10 of Gore's mega-mansions.