Focus Point - Gore's Hot Air

Commentary by Pete du Pont

I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. You have to hand it to Al Gore. When he stakes out a position, he sticks to it, no matter if the evidence shows he's completely wrong. And while he's wrong about a lot of things, he's really wrong about global warming.

For example, last year he said his home state of Tennessee had warmed substantially since he was born 51 years ago. A nice touch -- personalizing a policy issue. It just doesn't happen to be true. As a new Brief Analysis from the NCPA shows, from 1895 to 1998, the year-round temperature in Tennessee declined about point-6 degrees Fahrenheit. Since Gore was born in 1948, it's down by more than half a degree.

But Gore blindly sticks to his global warming beliefs, advocating that the U.S. ratify a treaty that would cut energy use, reduce economic growth and do nothing to stop the world's serious polluters. In the mean time, more than 17,000 U.S. scientists have signed a petition opposing the Kyoto Treaty.

Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, the religious war on vouchers.