It’s been an interesting week for the environmentalist crazies. During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum yesterday, Al Gore went on an unhinged rant, saying that we’re ‘boiling the oceans,’ causing ‘rain bombs,’ and spreading xenophobia due to climate-related refugees. Plus, was Greta Thunberg’s recent arrest in Germany FAKE? And does the production process for electric cars actually HARM the earth more than gas-engine ones? Pat and Stu discuss all this, plus more…
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
PAT: How much have you missed Al Gore? I mean, he hasn't been around it seems like, in a while, right?
STU: There's one, and only one reason that I miss Al Gore. Which is your impersonation of Al Gore. Because without Al Gore not being in the news. There's no reason to do it.
STU: Right. There's no reason to do it.
He's almost like your other impersonation. People that are already dead. Most of the people you impersonate passed away a decade ago.
PAT: We lost them. We lost them.
STU: There's been no new impersonations, necessarily added to the repertoire for a while.
PAT: It's been a while. It's been a while.
STU: This is why I always -- if Al Gore needs a medical fund. And if he ever gets sick. I will be there to help him. Because I want to make sure that one person --
PAT: We have a living person that I can impersonate here. You want to keep that going. You definitely want to keep that going.
STU: Yes! Excited about it.
PAT: This is him on climate activists. Cut eight. He's very impassioned.
VOICE: There's another divide, increasingly between those who are old enough to be in positions of power, and the young people of this world.
Greta Thunberg was just arrested in Germany. I agree with her efforts to stop that coal mine in Germany. Young people around the world are looking at what we're doing.
They look at the world, and they say, oh, you have a climate denier in charge of the world bank.
So why are you surprised that the world bank is completely failing to do its job?
What do I say to these young activists that they train around the world when they come to me and they say, are you okay with putting the CEO of one of the largest oil companies in the world, in as the president of the COP? There's a lot of blah, blah, blah, as Greta says. There are some meaningful commitments, but we are still failing badly.
STU: We haven't heard the gravel-y Al Gore thing for years.
PAT: Yeah. Since probably: He betrayed this country. He played on our fears. I love that one.
STU: Right. I forgot about that.
PAT: Yeah. It's been a while since we've seen that.
STU: So he's jumping on the Greta bandwagon now?
Isn't it over? Because you saw her carefully orchestrated arrest, didn't you?
STU: I did. That was incredible.
There's a new angle on it. Cut six. Here's Greta being arrested. Yesterday, we showed a clip of one of the angles.
Well, they did a second take on it.
STU: Good. Good. That's how all arrests happen. Standings there -- she's just laughing.
PAT: They're just milling around. She's having fun. Because this is all orchestrated. This is all planned. And they're --
STU: They're literally posing for photos with Greta. The police. We think. I mean, I would not be surprised if --
PAT: I don't even know if they're actual police.
STU: Right. Yeah, it's possible. Although, I did hear she was briefly detained for this incident, in which she is standing in the middle of the field.
PAT: Well, that's where she was detained, is right there.
And then they walked through the mud. And then they eventually just let her go. And she walks off.
And I don't think she even was taken anywhere by police. I mean, it was such a hoax. And then Al Gore trying to say, she was arrested, because of her actions. Get out of here.
STU: Oh, stop it.
PAT: It was all planned. It was all choreographed. It was a pathetic display of an arrest. But Al was pretty angry. He's mad at climate deniers. This is cut nine.
VOICE: Enough already. Enough. And I don't want to get sidetracked on to what needs to happen. But we need to scale up climate finance. But we need desperately to scale down anti-climate finance.
PAT: Thank you.
STU: Of course. Yeah.
VOICE: And we are still subsidizing the burning of fossil fuels, globally, at a rate 42 times larger than the subsidies for renewables --
PAT: That's a flatout lie.
VOICE: We need leadership at the World Bank. We need them to scale up the leverage and vastly increase the amounts that are committed. And we need to rein in the anti-climate activities of the fossil industry.
STU: I love this. Even the psychopaths of the World Economic Forum are sick of him.
PAT: Yeah. They need new leadership at the World Bank, because I guess the World Bank isn't doing enough for climate change.
Is that what he seems to be saying to you? Because that's what it sounds like to me.
What do you want the World Bank to do about climate change? Bizarre. Bizarre.
STU: And could we possibly be spending more money on climate research and finance? I mean, these companies get -- we were just throwing trillions -- we just passed a giant bill where there's trillions of dollars going to these countries. We're constantly doing this. And no money, going to actually look for energy sources that work, and are inexpensive and reliable. None of that happens at all. This is such a bizarre stance.
Al Gore, I think, at this point in his life I think is looking for relevance more than anything else. The screamy voice only comes out, when that's what he's doing.
But the idea that they're not getting enough money for this crap. What are you talking about?
I mean, think about Solyndra. We -- like, oh, we've got circular solar panels.
Oh, here's $20 billion. How much do you need? Circular solar panels, here they are.
Here you go. Let me just throw a bunch of money at you. Oh, you're out of business. Oh, that sucks.
PAT: Oh, well.
STU: Every electric car purchased in this country, they receive $7,500 off. And, again, there's been some restrictions on models over the year. But generally speaking, this has been true. And the average person who buys one of these cars, is a six-figure earner.
Why on earth will we subsidize people who make six figures to buy fancy cars? It makes no sense.
PAT: And nobody ever talks about that either.
STU: No. And, of course, nobody talks about what goes into the production of the electric vehicle. Which is so not friendly to the earth. It's way worse than the combustion engine vehicles that are produced. And it's going to take decades and decades to catch up to all the -- all the problems with -- with -- with the electric cars to offset those with any kind of environmental relief, that they're looking for.
It's just -- it's impact. There's nowhere -- what are you going to do with all these batteries, at the end of this vehicle's life. Where are you going to pile those up?
STU: So many problems here. And of course, a lot of the research shows that, yes, during production, electric cars, much, much worse than internal combustion engines.
PAT: Much worse. Yeah.
STU: And the number of miles you need to drive for this to equal out, when it comes to environmental effect. Again, is in the six figures. You have to go over 100,000 miles in the electric car, before it even comes close to paying itself off.
STU: And, again, I have nothing against electric cars.
PAT: I don't either. We have talked about this so many times.
STU: Some of these Teslas are great. Obviously, Elon Musk is not an enemy of the right. I cheer with them to do well.
PAT: They look great. They drive great. They have incredible acceleration.
STU: Yeah. The Corvette e- ray is out now. Or just been introduced.
I just talked about this for tomorrow's Stu Does America. We'll do a segment on it. And it is zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds.
STU: 2.5 seconds.
PAT: Wow. Wow.
STU: And it is basically in a way, a hybrid. They put an electric motor on the front wheels. They're using the same 600-horsepower on the back wheels. It's All-wheel drive. First Corvette ever.
And to me, I like the internal combustion engine, I like the sound it makes. That's just my thing. I like the electric cars. They're cool. But they're not my daily driver. That's not what I want as a daily driver.
This thing, again, is using that technology, and making a ridiculously fast car. But, again, it's a 100,000-dollar car. And it's certainly not environmentally friendly. It's still a Corvette.
You know, it's not getting you good gas mileage.
PAT: Right. And you still have to plug it in the wall outlet of your house every night, right?
STU: This one is more of a hybrid design. So it's not like that.
PAT: All right. But the full electric, like the Teslas and stuff. You have to plug in. And that's costing us energy.
STU: Yeah. And it's also thousands of dollars potentially in retrofitting your house for the right type of plug. If you drive it enough, you have to have the faster charger.
STU: You know, I have a friend who has a Tesla, and he doesn't drive it a lot. So he's able to plug in the normal plug and it's fine.
But if you drive it as your normal everyday car, you have to -- you know, look into between 600 and $2,000 of retrofitting your house to get the right -- the electrical outlets to make this thing charge. Either that, or you'll be waiting days.
The Porsche electric, if you plug it into the normal plug. This is the Porsche Taycan. Which is a beautiful car. It's a great-looking car. But if you plug it into a normal outlet, and it's very low on battery, it could take about three days to charge.
PAT: Oh, that's not bad.
STU: Just the three days though.
PAT: Just so you don't have anywhere to go in three days. You're fine.
STU: Again, we all work from home. Do Zoom calls.
PAT: They're just not practical. That's why I don't have one. It's just not -- I really -- when we test-drove that Tesla that they brought here, several years ago. And we experienced that, I really wanted one.
I really did.
STU: Really fast.
PAT: But it's just not -- it's just not practical. Because especially then. There was nowhere to -- I mean, there are very few places, that I knew of, at least, to go charge it. And when you did go charge it. Like if you have one -- and we do have some movie theaters, where you can park your car, at one of the charging stations. And then you're -- you know, you're at the movie for two hours or whatever. And then you come out. And it's mostly charged.
STU: And look, that's cool.
PAT: That's great.
STU: I like movies. But I can't stop to see one every day.
PAT: Exactly. Exactly. Now, if I drive from here to Houston, I will have to, first of all, find the specialty places where they have these charging stations. And then sit there for, I don't know. An hour. Forty-five minutes, at least?
STU: Yeah. And some of the fast chargers now are doing a better job. And, look, it is improving. And I find it fascinating that the left has now come to a position to where -- and I don't know if you noticed this, places like the movie theater.
Where they do give you these nice parking spaces with the charging thing.
And I think they're closer than the handicapped spots.
I think they would rather have people who can't walk. They're actually preferring and spoiling the people in their electric cars.
PAT: Yeah, they are.
STU: Over the people who don't have legs. We are at that point now in our society.
Oh, yeah. Look, sure. You don't -- you're in a wheelchair. It's very difficult. But I will say, you're killing the climate in your minivan there. So screw you.
PAT: So the Tesla park is closer than you.
STU: The rich person in the Tesla, who spent $130,000 in their plaid. They will walk very comfortably three steps to get into the movie that's right. You on the other hand, we're putting you on the bottom of the hill. I hope your arms are strong to get up it.
Because that's on the other side of the lot.
We put you on the other side of gravel.
There's some boulders in the way. You'll get there eventually. We have faith in you. You're handicapable.
PAT: You know, maybe you brought some people that can carry you over all that. All the obstacles, they'll just lift up you, in the wheelchair. And carry into the building. That would be perfect.