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.