That Al Gore's documentary won the Oscar is not going to get in the way of global warming being recognized as disastrous for the earth, is it? An Inconvenient Truth
is not just a great achievement for a person we admire as a praiseworthy liberal who got cheated out of the presidency. It isn't just about the issue of the day, which even the Cretin in Chief has latched onto - since he got only ridicule trying to swim against the tide.
I am sure Al Gore doesn't mean to stand for global warming - he wants us to act.
Sad to say, we're closer to electing Al Gore president than actually giving a real effort to ending the pollution of our world and the danger we are to this planet.
And here comes Richard Cohen on the coattails of the movie; Jimmy Carter said Sunday
on ABC's "This Week" that he thought Gore ought to run and had told Gore so insistently. "He almost told me the last time I called, 'Don't call me anymore,' " Carter said. What Gore told me was something similar: "I think there are other ways to serve."
We'll see. After all, Gore -- the son of a senator himself -- was raised for the presidency. But for the moment at least, he is showing all the irritating signs of a man at peace with himself. He abandoned Washington for Nashville. He has made a bundle in his investments, and he has set out to show that there is life after a failed candidacy, a purposeful life in which a man can do some good. His movie and his speeches are -- to paraphrase what Clausewitz said about war -- a continuation of politics by other means. He cannot make war but he can still make a difference.
I know -- and so does Gore -- that all this will change if he enters the race. Maybe that ol' devil of uncertainty will come creeping out of his skin, and maybe he will become shrill, and maybe he will somehow throw his voice so that it seems to be coming from outside his body.
Note that 'shrill' is even used in this piece as it would be on the internets, as a compliment. Al Gore has become the cool news, and jumping on cool news has desperately inconsequential pundits fighting for this latest echo of real wisdom.
Has it all been Al Gore's accomplishment, this wake-up call we are all hearing about, the danger we are posing our earth? I think not. Despite the obvious result of his championing it, that he will be accused of claiming to be the inventor of global warming, he has taken a public stand and courageously gone on with it.
New ways to promote saving this planet have emerged in recent days, as well. Arizona is joining
California and three other western states to bypass the Bush administration and begin their own regional pact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result in smog and are linked to global warming.
The governors of California, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico and Washington announced Monday they were forming the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative.
The program looks for ways above and beyond federal standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Four of the governors are Democrats including Arizona's Janet Napolitano and one a Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger of California.
At the Arizona Legislature, Napolitano supports state bills which restricts the use of leaf blowers during high-smog days and requires construction trucks to be covered and secured.
The disgrace that our national government has become extends farther than just its fight against science, its use by the Cretin in Chief to attack the public interest in every way he can. But the benefit has been that state government is taking up a cause we cannot ignore.
Now even our suborned federal government has a post up trying to take credit for actions that it has fought so hard against. Gotta love it.
From EPA's Climate Change; As with any field
of scientific study, there are uncertainties associated with the science of climate change. This does not imply that scientists do not have confidence in many aspects of climate science. Some aspects of the science are known with virtual certainty1, because they are based on well-known physical laws and documented trends. Current understanding of many other aspects of climate change ranges from “likely” to “uncertain.”
The site goes on to tell you how you can do the job it's been denying you ought to do for the past six, or maybe five and three-quarter, years.
Well, the truth of our situation has become too evident for even the recidivists to deny, and the ice shelves of Antartica are sloughing off at a rate even GOP high-placed idiots can't avoid acknowledging.
The Oscar for using whatever publicity he could garner to achieve something desperately needed is a new one. Al Gore earned it. And yes, he Invented It.
Labels: Global Warming, The Environment