Posted by: bklunk | March 25, 2007

Gee, The Guy Did Get an Oscar

Is it time for a new spokesperson?

Al Gore’s Rx for Climate Change

From ABC News:

 ”March 21, 2007 — Former Vice President Al Gore — a politician turned crusader against global warming — returned to Capitol Hill today, asking lawmakers to consider their place in history when rising to the challenge of fighting what he calls a “climate crisis.”

Among Gore’s comments was this gem:

“Twenty of the 21 hottest years ever measured in the human record have been in the last 25 years.  The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor.  If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, ‘I read a science fiction novel that says it’s not a problem.’ If the crib’s on fire you don’t speculate that the baby is flame-retardant.

I think Melvin (Jack Nicholson) says it best in “As Good as It Gets.” (from reelways.com)

I like his intentions, but it’s all in the delivery.  I think climate change needs a new face.  Is Obama available?

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Responses

  1. I think you have made a good point, and I agree that the “global warming” movement needs a facelift. Mr. Gore’s burning baby analogies certainly are not getting the right message across. Once people have cleansed their minds of that horrible image, they will have no interest in hearing what else Al has to say.

    Global warming is an issue that most Americans have heard of, but significant convincing information on this issue is not something we encounter everyday. I would be willing to guess that the average person could not even explain what global warming is, let alone what should/ shouldn’t be done about it. So, if global climate change is an issue of importance, why are the masses being left in the dark about it?

    Like you said, Al Gore’s intentions may be good, but his delivery is all wrong. If people are going to be persuaded about global warming, the issue needs a better spokesperson. Sure, he won an Oscar for his documentary, but that doesn’t change the fact that he doesn’t practice what he preaches.

    Lt. Col Oliver North says of Gore, “Though he blames Americans first for failing to reduce greenhouse gases by using less electricity and conserving fuel, his adoring press-pals ignored Mr. Gore’s well-documented penchant for corporate aircraft, instead of commercial airlines and his astronomical home energy use. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research pointed out that the Gores’ 20-room mansion in Nashville consumes more gas and electricity in a month than the average American household uses in a year.”

  2. I agree that a new spokesperson for global warming is needed. It seems like Gore is not the most capable person of getting people interested in this important issue. But I don’t necessarily think this because of his poor delivery but mostly because of his political affiliation. I think that some people may not listen to what he has to say on this global issue because he is a democrat. I think that this issue could be much better served by someone who does not have a clear political affiliation. It seems like now the U.S. is very divided by which party you support and that no one wants or has the time to listen to an issue brought up by someone from the party they do not support.

    I think this should be a major U.S. concern. I think that more information about this global issue needs to be available and people need to be more aware of the severity of the issue. I think this can best be served by having a spokesperson that does appear more politically neutral. And it wouldn’t hurt if they were a little more eloquent than Gore.

  3. The sad reality that faces this dilemma is that the population, particularly the American public, needs to be coerced into changing their habits. Americans love their SUVs and energy burning homes filled with electronic gadgets, the Chinese love their new coal fueled energy plants, and so on. The world is an energy junkie, scrounging to find another fix of fossil fuel on a path towards self-destruction. The general public is not adequately informed on the issue, which political leadership is partly to blame for, but it doesn’t take a powerful politician to create positive change.

    No matter your political affiliation, it is clear that the current administration fumbled the issue of Global Warming. In late March 2001, the Bush Administration chose to reject President Clinton’s environmental initiatives and the Kyoto Protocol, citing lack of developing country participation and prospective harm to the U.S. economy. This abandonment of all the prior work done in attempt to reverse Global Warming, particularly by the United States, the world’s heaviest polluter, sends a mixed message to the world, and leaves the problem for a future administration.

    However, there exists a misconception that we all have to sit around and wait for the government to tell us what to do about Global Warming. This creates a rather lethargic fight against global warming. Change doesn’t have to come from the top. Maybe we should all follow Jimmy Carter’s advice, and start by turning down our thermostats 5 degrees.

    Four students sitting in classes at Greensboro University organized the first lunch counter sit-ins, and helped to ignite the American Civil Rights movement. It is the bright minds of Generation Y that will, hopefully, save the world.

    Too bad Steve Irwin died; perhaps the public would follow a TV Celebrity/environmentalist in the fight against Global Warming.

  4. I think Al Gore has done a lot for the global warming cause, and he is doing more than most to fight for the environment. I don’t believe that the cause needs a new face, just more. There needs to be more spokespeople for global warming, and while Al Gore has done a great job, he can’t do it alone. Al Gore is known, and what the global warming issue needs is more recognizable faces. Right now, Al Gore has created an even entitled Live Earth. On July 7 Gore has planned concerts all over the globe to simultainiously occur to raise awareness of global warming and the environment in general. This event will generate millions of dollars for global warming and envoronmental groups, and it’s all thanks to Al Gore and others who have helped him plan it out. What needs to happen though is that more people need to get involved in events that generate funding to global warming research. Al Gore has done a tremendous job and more people need to follow his example.


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