This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 20, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
TUCKER CARLSON, GUEST HOST: You may have seen this stunning of a fire-nado that was caught on camera in the Australian Outback by independent videographer, Chris Tangey.
This amazing video also caught the eye of our old pal, Al Gore, and it seems his self-proclaimed protector of the planet and his office has been putting pressure on Tangey to license his breathtaking footage in order to push their baseless global warming agenda on the rest of us. Well, Sean recently sat down with the man behind the video in question. He tells us why he said that not so fast to the former vice president.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST OF "HANNITY": Joining us now is Chris Tangey. Chris, welcome to "Hannity." Thanks for being here.
CHRIS TANGEY, ALICE SPRINGS FILM: Thank you very much, Sean.
HANNITY: First, let's take a look and we'll show this fire tornado and maybe while we're showing it you can explain to everybody what this is?
TANGEY: OK, it's actually called a fire whirl, but this was incredible in its intensity and the length of time it went for. It's an amazing thing that I just happened to be nearby in the middle of nowhere and it just appeared in front of me when I was filming something else. I just happened to be rolling a television camera on smaller fire and this thing happened 300 yards away.
HANNITY: Let's get the Al Gore portion of this. Al Gore, his office, writes you a letter. Tell us what was in the letter?
TANGEY: OK, they wanted to use; they wanted us to license the footage for it what they said was Al Gore's climate presentations for the next five years on environmental topics and inverted comments. And I sort of knew what that was. And I thought I better do some research on this and I did. I asked them several questions. I just said basically I can't allow it because it just wouldn't be telling the truth basically.
HANNITY: It was clear; you felt that he got a hold of the footage, which by the way, he was going to purchase from you for, five-year licensing fee at a pretty significant amount of money?
TANGEY: That's right. Absolutely, yes. We never got to the money because I basically on principle said no.
HANNITY: Explain what the principle was for you? What did you fear he was going to do with this?
TANGEY: Well, for me. The more research I did, and not just on Mr. Gore but with the whole thing climate change thing, it looks like there's a lot of non-science going on dressed up as science. In fact science itself seems a little bit corrupt in some ways. There's lot of money involved. There's a lot of ego involved. There's a lot of agendas involved. I didn't want to become part of those agendas. I thought it was time somebody, even a little guy in the middle of the Outback said something. And while I've got the chance to do that, I will.
HANNITY: You even said to be honest in terms of global warming, climate change presentation. It is difficult for me to imagine a fire event less relevant. Now that was the original letter back to the vice president's office. But apparently, you felt they were coming in the backdoor afterwards. They wanted this video of yours so bad?
TANGEY: About a month later, I got contacted again by another Al Gore organization, not directly from the office, but they were doing a thing called Climate Reality Project; which has just concluded I think it's a 24-hour Internet broadcast and they approached me as part of an Internet broadcast on environmental topics and so on. I realized again that I did some research on the Climate Reality Project. This is another Al Gore thing. The producer, you know, was obviously trying to get it for the Al Gore organization.
HANNITY: There's a lot of politics surrounding all of this which is frustrating. You actually talk about there's unique set of circumstances this is fascinating. I could watch this for an hour -- but there's a very unique set of circumstances that allowed this to happen. Explain what they are?
TANGEY: That's right. It was absolutely specifically localized to that area. That fire had been going on for ten days. Apparently, it was set by somebody, an arsonist ten days before. And it had been let run because in the Outback there's no one to hurt. So there's not much you can do about it. But, it got on this guy's cattle station or cattle ranch.
And he had been protecting this massive mesa called Mount Kona for 55 years they'd been on that place. They wanted to protect that environmental habitat. So this particular kind of grass called Spinifex, which is full of oils and resins is incredibly flammable and burns extremely hot. So when it hit this particular patch of Spinifex, it created incredibly intense heat at the base, which created own weather and created this massive pillars of fire. It was actually created by the fire, not even really a dust devil. It was created by the fire. So let alone anything regionally or globally climate-based was absolute rubbish.
HANNITY: I thought that was a gutsy decision of you and I want to thank you for sharing and not selling the video to Gore. If he uses it will you go after him?
TANGEY: Yes, I guess I'll have to. There's no way he has right to use it. I made that clear twice now. I certainly would not be allowing it. I have had obviously other organizations contacting me. Around the world some very big ones and none of them have even suggested to use it in climate change context or climate disruption or whatever it's called this week.
HANNITY: Chris thanks so much for being with us. Fascinating video and we appreciate you being here.
TANGEY: Thank you very much Sean.
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