Climate Deniers Hope to Lure Gore to Debate in Alaska By Mocking Him with Two-Ton Ice Sculpture of Himself
Photos via Compeaus
The second giant ice sculpture of Al Gore to be erected in Fairbanks, Alaska in as many years is stirring up another controversy. The first "frozen Gore" statue debuted this time last year, and received generous coverage from conservative media outlets like Fox and the Drudge Report. This one, created with the purpose of mocking Al Gore's work in spreading awareness of climate change, seeks to do the same--and more. The scultpure was commissioned by two Alaskan climate skeptics and businessmen who hope to lure Gore to a debate in Alaska by mocking him.
"Frozen Gore" is a dig at Gore's beliefs about climate change. The first statue went on display last year. This year's version is hooked up to the exhaust of a pickup truck to make it appear Gore is spouting hot air. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the smoke drew laughs from a crowd Tuesday as a Gore speech on climate change played over a loudspeaker.
It seems that the first frozen Gore was such a resounding success--Craig Compeau, one of the men behind it, claims the stunt drew 1.7 million viewers to his business website (he sells ATVs, power boats, and snow mobiles)--that they simply decided to do it again. Plus, last time, Sarah Palin, climate skeptic extraordinaire, showed up and posed for photos in front of the sculpture--who knows? Maybe she'll take some time away from making Facebook updates to make another appearance.
But the main reason Compeau and his partner are repeating the juvenile stunt is to draw the ire of Gore himself. According to the LA Times, he says "We don't agree with his theories -- we're suspicious of the financial motivation behind them." That statement isn't clarified on the frozen Gore website created for the event last year (most of it doesn't appear to be update, aside from a couple photos), nor is the duo's agenda. But it appears they take issue with the idea of climate change in general, and blame Gore for making it up.
And yet. The LA Times notes:
Climate change scientists say Alaska has warmed by 3 degrees Fahrenheit during the past 50 years. The average temperature for 2009 was 27.8 degrees in Fairbanks, about one degree warmer than normal, said Rick Thoman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Somehow I doubt Compeau will see the irony.