First Draft: Al Gore heads for the Hill

April 24, 2009

GORE/Al Gore — who sometimes jokes that he “used to be the next president of the United States” — heads for Capitol Hill to testify about the fight against climate change. The former vice president and star of the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” is slated to go before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he’ll discuss the latest legislation to curb the greenhouse gases that spur global warming.

Gore shares the spotlight with former Senator John Warner, the Virginia Republican who pushed a bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, his last year in Congress.

It’s been an environmentally-friendly week in Washington, with Earth Day on Wednesday prompting almost every U.S. agency to go green, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson headed for the Hill to urge passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the climate bill working its way through the House of Representatives. A similar bill failed last year, but that was then. Supporters hope that with a new administration which has been clear on its commitment to curb climate warming emissions, this kind of law has a better chance.

The green spree continues next week, when 17 of the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases — including the United States — gather at the State Department on Monday and Tuesday. But whatever happens in Foggy Bottom, there will still be plenty of attention focused on Congress. Todd Stern, the top U.S. climate diplomat, says domestic legislation is the key to successfully negotiating a global climate pact.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing (Al Gore before his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, January 28, 2009)


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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. From there, man has decided they’re smarter than God. That’s when things began to go south. Theirs no such thing as global warming, it’s just a scam to let the politicians spend our tax dollars. One day, and it won’t be long, this world will learn that God is in control, by then it will be to late. Al Gore has already scared our children with his propaganda. Back in the seventies some educated idiots said we would be frozen, one said that all the different animals would be gone, look around, there’s plenty of wildlife where I live. Check the statistics in the insurance business, they write checks daily for animals hitting automobiles on our highways. How long does it take for the people to figure out what the government is doing??? Remember the story about chicken little, running around saying the sky is falling! I have never in my life seen any more gullable people than the ones in this world.

Posted by Sam | Report as abusive

Just remember, global cooling is proof global warming exists.

Prepare to be taxed heavily to save the planet. From what, no one knows.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Sam, the existence of god is harder to prove than climate change. TC, the only thing the planet needs to be saved from is humanity.

Posted by Anubis | Report as abusive

@Anubis – Wake up and smell the government. This is still a debate and one that has not been fully discussed. The Dalton Minimum (global cooling) could make all this Global Warming talk a moot point. Meanwhile the government finds a new vein of revenue and control to exploit.
Where was the Global Warming debate? None. It was declared an imminent threat and everyone else with a dissenting pov was a kook. Any time I see a scenario like that, well, you have to wonder.

Posted by really? | Report as abusive

Anubis. So what cave would you like to live in Anubis?

Sam. Well said. There really isn’t anything to worry about.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Anubis. Then I suggest you do your part to save the planet from humanity.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

when a political actor like al gore advocates something,whether it is genuine or not, people tend to look at the messenger rather than listen to the message.apart from the choir how many of the leading democratic congressmen have any personal credibility with any none democratic supporters?this is a problem,to get sensible debate on a subject like this ,it has to be separated from the dog and pony show at DC.also after the recent mixed messages from obama ,he is quickly becoming a president that is perceived to be part of the problem ,it was hoped that he had the stature to be above the “party before country brigade”.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Maybe we should start now to find ways to keep the sun’s light from dying out as we are half way through it’s life. It never hurts to have the air a little cleaner but to think we puny humans can control climate is insanely arrogant.

Posted by Zledde | Report as abusive

I hope this bill and any others like it get shot down.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

A bridge between the two opposing points in the comments above: On the one side, you’re right, government will control and deceive based on facts that they themselves make up and propagate. On the other hand, there is a planet we all share. The rub is that we’re lied to that it is emissions from motors and generators that are the main damage to our planet, because the government can claim new controls if that is the issue. But what is really the issue of healing our one single planet is something we each are the only ones, as families and individuals, who can do something about it. The issue is meat agriculture. It pollutes more than anything else, and is also the biggest power and money force behind the government. So don’t let the government hoodwash you — go veg – know the truth – heal the planet.

Posted by Michael B | Report as abusive