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Al Gore Suffers A Case Of Inconvenient Translation

Funny episode around the world’s preferred Oscar+Nobel AGWer…

As reported in a blog by Piero Vietti of Italian daily “Il Foglio, Al Gore’s NYT Op-ed about (not) wishing away climate change has been slightly “censored” when translated by Rome-based uberwarmist newspaper “La Repubblica. The problem? Most likely, excessive mysticism on the part of the former VP.

Here’s the original:

Their most consistent theme is to label as “socialist” any proposal to reform exploitive behavior in the marketplace. From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption. After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis — inconvenient as ever — must still be faced. The pathway to success is still open, though it tracks the outer boundary of what we are capable of doing.

This is the translation:

Il loro tema costante consiste nell’etichettare come “socialista” qualunque proposta di riformare i comportamenti basati sullo sfruttamento. La strada verso il successo è ancora aperta.

The translation corresponds roughly to the following text:

Their constant theme is to label as “socialist” any proposal to reform exploitive behaviors. The road to success is still open.

Perhaps, to left-leaning Italian readers of La Repubblica all calls for “human redemption” simply resonate too much as Papal exhortations. And some people still claim that AGW doesn’t look like a religion?

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  1. cmb
    2010/03/10 at 16:16

    Green religions already exist, but seem to be pantheistic and so will not spread. In the meantime, several large groups of pastors have come out in favor of AGW mitigation, calling it a responsibility to care for God’s creation.

  2. geoff chambers
    2010/03/09 at 08:29

    Repubblica was one of 40+ newspapers (including two of France’s three serious papers – Libération and le Monde) which ran identical translations of a rousing Guardian pre-Copenhagen editorial. The pride with which these otherwise admirable journals announced that they all thought exactly alike was positively Stalinist.
    France and Italy have no investment in coal-fired energy; they notoriously lack the Anglo-Saxon tendency to self-flagellation; Italy doesn’t even have a powerful Green movement. Yet an influential part of their intellectual élites is sold on warmism. Precisely the same bizarre catastrophism can be found on blogs at Repubblica or Libération as at the Guardian. The only intelligent sceptic I’ve come across in the Italian media is a raving anarchist. Why?

  3. 2010/03/08 at 12:20

    Andrew Brown, clearly in favour of coercion and instilling religion concerning climate change, wrote an article in the Guardian (November 6, 2009) entitled ‘We’re doomed without a green religion’.

    “The justification for burning heretics was perfectly simple: dissent threatened the survival of society…not to coerce, itself becomes immoral…Compulsion will be needed but compulsion alone won’t do it. People aren’t made like that. They need to believe in what they are forced to do. They need to believe in what they are forced to do. They need idealism, and that will also mean its dark side: the pressure of conformism, the force of self-righteousness, huge moral weight attached to practically useless gestures like unplugging phone chargers. They need, in fact, something that does look a lot like religion…Should that happen, the denialists, who claim that it is all a religion, will for once be telling the truth, and when they do that, they’ll have lost.”

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