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Al Gore Gets it Wrong!

First, let me congratulate Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize today. But I strongly disagree with his statement as quoted in the International Herald Tribune today.

We face a planetary emergency,” Gore said. “The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”

Yes it’s a moral and spiritual issue but the climate crisis is also a political issue. It is an issue that Bush and the Republicans and the corporate free market mindset they have foisted on America has chosen to ignore. It is political because the Republicans and Bush have opposed taking decisive action to deal with it.

It is a mistake to not acknowledge that politics has been a major stumbling block in getting the United States to take a leadership role in trying to address the issue and find possible actions and solutions we can work with in the international community.

So again congratulations Al, but please, global warming has been so politicized by the Republicans that we are years behind in addressing this problem. Fortunately for Democrats, the Republicans and Bush look like such fools on this issue, that their hostility and inaction has greatly contributed to the Democrats’ chances of taking back the Presidency and the US Senate next year.

Gore Invites Himself to the White House. Will Bush Accept?

I doubt it because the guy has already made up his mind on global warming. The AP yesterday said Bush “doubts” he will watch Gore’s movie. That’s what he said on Monday and he probably won’t change his mind. Bush is really pretty busy still trying to figure out how he should respond to Hurricane Katrina. And after that there’s what to eat for lunch.

Today Gore said Bush should watch the documentary he has produced. The documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, opens Wednesday at selected theaters across the country. It opens in Seattle, Washington on June 2nd at the Guild and Pacific Palace Theaters. (Click here for other locations and times.)

Gore offered to personally come to the White House and view the movie with Bush. Maybe even shake hands and ask how the brush clearing is going on Bush’s ranch. Maybe talk a little baseball.

But unfortunately Gore has already blown any chance of that by saying

“The entire global scientific community has a consensus on the question that human beings are responsible for global warming and he has today again expressed personal doubt that is true”

Oops Al, you don’t question the President or say things that are not nice.

No, I don’t think Bush will accept Gore’s invitation. Besides it’s against protocol. The President runs this old country and he invites you to the White House. How gauche of Gore. You don’t invite yourself to some else’s house. Bush might have to worry about the guy not leaving because Al is certain to start talking about global warming at some point. And he might want to keep on talking. Too much talking – that would cause a ruckus, of course.

No, Bush has it all figured out.

“New technologies will change how we live and how we drive our cars, which all will have the beneficial effect of improving the environment,” Bush said. “And in my judgment we need to set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind or because of natural effects and focus on the technologies that will enable us to live better lives and at the same time protect the environment.”

Yes Pollyanna George has it all figured out. He saves time for important things by not reading or watching movies coming from dubious characters like Gore.

Gore said the causes of global warming should not be ignored.

“Why should we set aside the global scientific consensus,” Gore said, his voice rising with emotion. “Is it because Exxon Mobil wants us to set it aside? Why should we set aside the conclusion of scientists in the United States, including the National Academy of Sciences, and around the world including the 11 most important national academies of science on the globe and substitute for their view the view of Exxon Mobil. Why?”

Good question.

Al Gore Catches Up!

Back on December 29th of last year we gave our support to the effort started by the ACLU to call for an appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether President Bush broke the law and violated the US Constitution with its illegal wiretapping. In fact we called for the impeachment of President Bush because we feel that the President should follow the rule of law like everyone else. He and his Republican corporate cronies obviously believe and act otherwise.

On Monday Al Gore joined the fray by calling for an independent counsel to investigate Bush. In a Reuters article Gore is quoted as saying that “A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of government.”

You can read more of Al Gore’s comments by visiting the blog by Goldy at horsesass.org where I first caught the story.

Our concern is that the wiretapping may only be a symptom of a larger problem, namely that national security may not be the only area where Bush’s may be trying to increase the power of
the Presidency and skirting the law to do it. I’m sure they can make the strength of the economy as a justification for many of their actions. Time will tell.