Knoxville Tea Party upset about Al Gore being awarded degree

Knoxville Tea Party upset about Al Gore being awarded an honorary degree

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Members of the Knoxville Tea Party organized a planned protest against Al Gore Thursday evening at World's Fair Park.

They say the former vice president of the U.S. doesn't deserve an honorary degree from the University of Tennessee.

Members say his arrival in Knoxville is an opportunity to showcase how much of a fake they think he is.

"Not only is he a fraud, he has profited from a lie based on false science," said Antonio Hinton, with the Tennessee Tea Party Coalition.

Among the speakers Thursday night was Phelim McAleer, an Irish documentary maker who flew in from London.

McAleer's documentary "Not Evil, Just Wrong" contradicts Gore's documentary on climate change.

"I want to ask the University of Tennessee why they are honoring someone who made a flawed piece of work," said McAleer.

McAleer says Gore has been avoiding him and his questions.

So for Friday's graduation, McAleer plans to hire a plane with a banner attached. The banner flown over the venue will read "Mr. Gore, why send jobs to China?"

Lord Christopher Monckton also flew in a long way to protest Gore. Monckton is a policy advisor who came in from London because he also says he's looking for answers from Gore.

"He's been running from me for three years now. Well, Al baby, you can run but you cannot hide," said Lord Monckton.

There is a protest planned outside Thompson-Boling arena at UT Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. That's when Gore will be presented the degree.

"We will let the University know our displeasure with their actions," Hinton said.

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