Al Gore once again exposed as disingenuous fraud





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Published on Apr 24, 2009


Al Gore: Passing the Climate Bill a Moral Imperative

By Keith Johnson

Al Gore came back to Congress today to warn about the perils of climate change and throw his weight behind draft energy and climate legislation.

When it comes to sizing up the scope of the energy and climate challenge, forget pedestrian comparisons such as the Apollo or Manhattan projects—its time to think big.

I believe this legislation has the moral significance equivalent to that of the civil rights legislation of the 1960s and the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s, Mr. Gore said in prepared remarks. I am here today to lend my support to one of the most important pieces of legislation ever introduced in the Congress.

The problem is that the scope of the dangers from climate change as painted by Mr. Gore seem to far outstrip the remedies included in the Waxman-Markey bill, which would only gradually curb U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions—and which dont include any formula for curbing emissions from developing countries.

Mr. Gore spoke of ice melting at both poles. Just the collapse of the Western Antarctic Shelf, he said, could raise global sea levels by 20 feet. By his calculation, that would lead to about 600 million climate refugees.

He also warned about even more bad weather. Wet areas are going to get even wetter, he said, citing the recent floods in Fargo, North Dakota. Dry areas are going to get even drier, he said, citing droughts in Australia and California. He also reiterated his warning that global warming is spawning monster hurricanes, noting a 300-400 percent increase in category 5 storms in the past 10 years in the United States.

For these and many other reasons, now is the time to act, Mr. Gore said, urging bipartisan support for an energy and climate bill that is struggling to secure full support even on the Democratic side of the aisle.

He did seem to extend an olive branch to the coal industry, which he has heavily criticized in the past, applauding the Waxman-Markey bills increased R&D for clean-coal technology. We must recognize and protect those who have toiled in dangerous conditions to bring us our present energy supply. We ought to guarantee good jobs for any coal miner displaced by impacts on the coal industry, Mr. Gore said.

Of course, theres still the sticky question of how to convince poor-but-dirty energy countries such as China and India to curb their own greenhouse-gas emissions. Mr. Gores suggestion: Lead, and hope they follow.

The best way to secure a global agreement that guarantees that other nations will also reduce their global warming pollution is for the U.S. to lead the world in meeting this historic challenge, he said.

For more on Mr. Gores testimony, click here.


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