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Joe Bastardi / August 8, 2017

The Value of Al Gore’s Movie: Rekindling the Bravery of Irena Sendler

I liked “An Inconvenient Truth” right up there with “The Wizard of Oz” for Wild Weather Fantasy representation. But with the advent of Al Gore’s new movie, it brought back a much more serious travesty: his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize over Irena Sendler.

I liked “An Inconvenient Truth” right up there with “The Wizard of Oz” for Wild Weather Fantasy representation. But with the advent of Al Gore’s new movie, it brought back a much more serious travesty: his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize over Irena Sendler.

A lot of people may not know who Irena Sendler is. For those who don’t, here is a good read.

There is a caution at the end to disregard a lot of the “Snopes” comments. Interestingly enough, Snopes seems to be imploding.

There are some movies about Irena Sendler, like “Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers” and “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.”

“An Inconvenient Truth” is well known. These are not. While Irena has won some awards, Al Gore’s new movie reminded me of what a travesty it was for him to even accept the Nobel Prize over what this lady did.

Just what did she do? From this link: “Irena Sendlerowa was a Polish woman who, along with her underground network, rescued 2,500 Jewish children in Poland during World War II. Many of this number were already outside of the Ghetto and in hiding.”

Side note: Most of the children’s parents died at the Treblinka extermination camp.

She died in 2008.

This is fascinating to me on many levels.

Her deeds are accomplished fact. They happened. They took a degree of courage that only one who actually faced such events could understand. I know I can’t.

Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize based on warnings of future events — the same future events that have not happened. The fact is that global temperatures from 2006-2007 while Gore was basking in the glory of his apocalypse-driven fame were warmer than they are now, and we are still falling off the Super El Niño peak. Additionally, much of the time in-between was lower than what it was in the run-up to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

But there is more to me. Let me lay my cards on the table. Over the years I have become a big fan of Israel. I am not Jewish, but I find the history of the Jewish people remarkable, if not astonishing. What happened in World War II cannot be put into words. Here we have a case of someone with actions far beyond the fantasy of a forecast that took a back seat to … what? Now let me ask you this: If you were in the running for the Nobel Prize against Irena, would you even accept the award understanding that what you are doing involves an agenda that is relying on future events versus actual heroic accomplishments in one of mankind’s darkest hours? Who would do that?

Even more distressing is the idea that you actually equate your cause with causes that have real value for the people who are involved in them. For instance, equating “climate change” with racial equality. That is a flat-out insult to that cause. Or labeling people who disagree with you as “deniers” or “Nazis,” which shows total disrespect for people who can never forget what happened in one of mankind’s darkest hours. Shame on you. Shame on you trying to equate your straw man argument with real problems that people bled and died for and the problems the world faces today. Shame on the people who think that the heroism of the past is less worthy than fantasy-driven utopian agendas of the future.

I am glad Al Gore has his new movie out. It reminded me of Irena Sendler, whom he beat out for the Nobel Prize. Because it gave me a chance to write on someone whose story should be known and once again expose someone who has gotten rich off something that can’t hold a candle to the bravery of people in the era that Irena Sendler exemplified.


Joe Bastardi is chief forecaster at WeatherBELL Analytics, a meteorological consulting firm, and contributor to The Patriot Post on environmental issues.

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