Politics

Gore gets a warm welcome on Capitol Hill, and a few heated exchanges

Exhibiting a curious mixture of nostalgia and irreverence, Al Gore returned to the halls of Congress yesterday to make the case for sweeping federal action to fight global warming. Buoyed by his recent Academy Award triumph, Gore testified at hearings in both the House and the Senate. Audiences of hundreds lined the oak-paneled walls of the hearing rooms, crowded the aisles, and craned their necks for a glimpse of Capitol Hill’s comeback kid. It was the kind of blockbuster turnout that Gore now draws at nearly every public appearance, yet in this case it felt particularly profound given that his …

Rocky on!

Anderson in the NYT today

With so much going on in D.C. today, we nearly missed this great story on our man Rocky Anderson in the New York Times today. Hey Rocky!

Final thought on Gore's day in Congress

For today anyway!

If Gore had asked me what I’d like him to emphasize to Congress, I would have said: The No. 1 most important thing to do is put a price on carbon. Carbon tax: better than cap-and-trade. Cap-and-trade: better than nothing. Cap-and-trade with auctioned permits: better than cap-and-trade without. We should be pursuing widely distributed, small-scale renewable electricity generation, tied together with a smart grid. Our choice is not between nuclear and coal. No more dirty coal plants should be built in this country. Period. We need to reduce GHG emissions by at least 80% by mid-century. And what do you …

Gore Senate testimony: final thoughts

Odds and ends

Substantively, most of what Gore said to the Senate echoed what he said to the House. There were a few things to note about the Senate hearing, though: Gore’s introductory remarks to the Senate (videos here) were a huge step down from his performance in the House. To my eye, he seemed shaky, hesitant, stiff, occasionally bombastic, mostly just uneven. Maybe he knows the folks in the House better? Maybe his lunch didn’t agree with him? Maybe he was nervous about his coming confrontation with Inhofe? Who knows. I was worried. Ironically, it wasn’t until Inhofe attacked that Gore got …

Inhofe makes the grown-ups laugh

Even by his standards, this was pathetic

I know that Sen. James Inhofe is a far-right bomb-thrower. I know he’s built a career out of saying absurd things, particularly about global warming. I know nobody expects anything different from him. Despite all that, I was astonished at his performance in today’s hearing. It’s not that he disagrees with Gore. Plenty of legislators in both houses disagreed with Gore, thoughtfully and respectfully. What Inhofe did is flounce around and bitch and moan like a petulant adolescent. He could not have made Gore look better if he’d tried. First, he spent the beginning of the hearing whining about the …

Grist cited in Senate hearing

We bad

In his question/rant for Gore, Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) cited a quote from Gore’s interview with Grist. It’s this: "I believe it’s appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is." The quote bounced around skeptic circles for a long time a while back. Suffice to say, it’s been yanked from context and grossly misinterpreted. See the full story here.

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