Knoxville, TN- Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)  hosted a protest of the award of an honorary degree to Al Gore at the University of Tennessee’s commencement ceremonies on May 14.

“Al Gore is setting a new standard for underserved honors,” said Dillon MacDonald who is a CFACT-TN leader.  “First he got a Nobel prize although he didn’t bring peace, now he’s getting an honorary degree for scaring Americans with flawed science.  He flies in private jets, just bought another mansion, yet tells working people their houses are too large, their showers too warm, their cars too fast and our economy too free.  We should give him a doctors in hypocrisy.”

First, on Thursday, May 13th at 7 PM CFACT hosted “Climate: The Counter Consensus” at the Tennessee Amphitheater in the World’s Fair Park.   The event  featured Lord Christopher Monckton who last weeked testified before Congress on global warming, Ann and Phelim McElhinney, producers of the documentary ‘Not Evil, Just Wrong’ which debunks Gore’s film “An Incovenient Truth” and others.
On  Friday, May 14th  at 8am, students and community members gathered across the street from the Thompson-Boling arena  in Knoxville, TN to voice opposition to Al Gore’s honorary degree and call attention to his alarmism and support for public policies that are likely to make him the world’s first ‘carbon billionaire’.  
“Al Gore’s developed an enviable quick rich scheme,”  Evan, CFACT National Field Director, said.  “Sadly the rest of us will have to pay for it by tripling your gas prices, doubling your home utility bills, a couple million jobs, and trillions lost in economic progress.  Al must be stopped.”
Protesters urged political leaders to strongly oppose policies like cap and trade and other domestic or international mandates that would recklessly slash carbon emissions, based on unproven fears of man-made global warming.  They encouraged them to support policies that keep energy reliable and affordable, protect American jobs, fully develop all of our domestic energy resources, and promote genuine environmental progress.
Al Gore has used global warming to stoke fears, win an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize and bolster his net worth into the hundreds of millions. Yet hard results from the earth sciences are replacing the consensus of Al’s political science.  Scientists at NASA and MIT are making observations with new satellites and ground based technologies that not only adjust – but directly contradict the assumptions in every computer model Al Gore uses to show we are doomed.  

Click here for local coverage of the Collegians protest. 


  • Peter Murphy

    Peter Murphy is Senior Fellow at CFACT. He has researched and advocated for a variety of policy issues, including education reform and fiscal policy, both in the non-profit sector and in government in the administration of former New York Governor George Pataki. He previously wrote and edited The Chalkboard weblog for the NY Charter Schools Association, and has been published in numerous media outlets, including The Hill, New York Post, Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal. Twitter: @PeterMurphy26 Website: