Politics

Big climate week in D.C.

Cute kids, people in polar bear costumes, and politicians, unite!

The eclipse that was Gore’s testimony blocked out the light in D.C., light that might otherwise have been shining on Climate Crisis Action Day, which took place Tuesday. Thankfully, the Post was on it. An estimated 1,500 gathered to hear politicians, environmentalists, some cute kids, and people in polar bear costumes speak and rally for change. "This is the challenge of our lifetimes," Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) told the crowd. "Either we see the planet go down the tubes, or we reverse it." The day also involved lobbying on the Hill and other activities to raise awareness on climate change …

Final final thought on Gore's testimony

Really the last one, honest

Readers of this site may well be burnt out on talk of Gore’s testimony to Congress. But if not, do check out Brad Plumer’s wrap-up — it’s good. One point I think bears emphasizing. Almost all the analysis I’ve seen of the event — particularly with regard to the dust-up with Inhofe — discusses how it’s going to play to the public, as though Gore approached it as an extension of his movie, speaking for the cameras’ benefit. I think that gets it all wrong. I don’t think Gore approached this as a public event. I think he approached it …

GOP attack on Gore makes no sense at all

Personal ethics pledge my left foot

At the Environment and Public Works hearing yesterday, Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.) displayed an amazing lack of understanding about energy as he tried to get Gore to make a meaningless pledge. Now the EPW Minority web page repeats the inane charge: Former Vice President Al Gore refused to take a "Personal Energy Ethics Pledge" today to consume no more energy than the average American household. But why should Gore take such a pledge? Gore is a champion of greenhouse gas reductions, not energy reductions. Gore explained he buys 100 percent renewable power and is planning to build a solar power system. Thus the electricity Gore consumes in his Tennessee home does not contribute to global warming.

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