Al Gore experienced an “inconvenient encounter” Down Under yesterday.

After rousing the global warming faithful at the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, he was unexpectedly greeted by CFACT’s Marc Morano while exiting the conference center.

In the spirit of friendly dialogue, Marc tried to hand him a copy of CFACT’s groundbreaking film “Climate Hustle,” but the former VP would have none of it. After saying a few words Gore simply shrugged him off and proceeded to get into a waiting SUV.

You could almost read his thoughts, “Keep me away from information that might put a damper on my well-polished charade.”

You can see a video of the encounter at

Gore’s speech was definitely the big moment of this conference. In addition to the large gathering of attendees to the EcoCity World Summit, hundreds of local educators and teachers were also admitted as VIP’s free of charge so they could listen to the former VP and pass on his climate alarmist message to captive audiences of kids.

Gore’s speech was slick and featured a Powerpoint chock full of cherry-picked and alarming (though natural) weather events pulled from the news. Floods in Paris, fires in California, cyclones in New Zealand, and a heat wave in Pakistan were all trotted out with dramatic flair.

Missing was any context. Basic questions like, “are these truly unprecedented and unusual events, or are they historically normal?” were never asked.

Gore also didn’t spare any alarmist rhetoric. As reported in Australia’s Herald Sun: “The former US vice president said in his speech that man-made pollution was equivalent to 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. He says the world is only getting hotter, with 2016 the hottest year on record and Australian heat waves now five times more likely due to global warming.”

The audience, of course, was good with all of this. It was enough to be in the presence of their favorite prophet delivering his message of gloom and doom.


For those of us with reason as our guide, this was not an encouraging spectacle to behold.


  • Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.