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Gore Lectures Congress, but Is It Too Late?

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Posted on Jan 28, 2009
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Al Gore went back to his old stomping grounds Wednesday to present the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a mini version of his famous climate lecture. But even if those politicians somehow get their act together, the damage we’ve already caused will be with us until the year 3000 or later, according to a new report.

Washington Post:

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Gore delivered a short slide show that amounted to an update of his Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” lecturing some of his former colleagues that even if the world halted greenhouse gas emissions now, it could experience a temperature rise of between 2.5 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.

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Los Angeles Times:

Even if by some miracle the nations of the world could bring carbon dioxide levels back to those of the pre-industrial era, it would still take 1,000 years or longer for the climate changes already triggered to be reversed, scientists said Monday.

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By Mbadger, July 10, 2009 at 6:04 am Link to this comment

Im glad that someone is championing the global warming theory, it’s good to have the issue continually brought into the public domain. At the moment thou he’s being demonized by the right and used as a poster boy for anti climate change and coal lobbying groups.

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By DMFD, January 30, 2009 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

Good point B.  Of course the water levels change on different parts of the globe due to gravitational and lunar things I don’t quite get.  Therefore, when the waters rise on one part of the globe where do you think the water is coming from?  I believe it comes from other oceans (areas) unaffected by the lunar tables at the time. As one body of water rises it pulls from other bodies which levels decrease.  Tidal shifts I believe they are called.  And yes the publication is written in crayon and I think the color is blue:)  Peace

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By TAO Walker, January 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

Those who insist the “challenge” here is to somehow save their “civilization,” and its lethal cargo of ideological and institutional and electro-mechanical gadgetry, would probably have tried to persuade or compel the passengers and crew of the Titanic to grab a railing and kick like hell (and in-vain) to keep that ship-of-fools from sinking.  SteveK9, with his “Bright”-and-shiny, all-electric auto-neurotic “Future” seems representative of the breed.  Al Gore also voiced considerable concern for “our civilization,” in his recent tunnel-visioned lecture before the Kerry committee.

On the other hand, free wild Human Beings who abide within the integrity of their organic function within the Living Arrangement of our Mother Earth within the Song ‘n’ Dance of Life Herownself have actually a pretty fair chance of living through the Purification Ceremony now well past the-point-of-no-return.  Those among our presently domesticated Sisters and Brothers who will let-go the homo-centric CONceits that otherwise doom them to drown in a sea CONfusion and industrial waste-products can still “make-the-cut.”

Re-awaken to the place of Humanity in the Natural scheme-of-things….or sleep with the fishes.  Take it from your old Friend here, your “choices” are no more “complex” than that.

Hokahey!

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By Big B, January 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

Am I to understand that by DMFD’s hypothesis, that the height of the oceans has never changed in the earths history because there is no difference between water frozen at the poles and in glaciers, and the water in our oceans? And that there is always an equalibrium?

I would be interested in reading the publication that thinks the oceans levels have always been constant.

It’s probably written in crayon.

Just for those folks who don’t think that the Earth is older than 8 thousand years, and that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to church every sunday, humans spread to the four corners of the planet because during the last major ice age, the level of the ocean was so low(because much of the waters of the oceans were locked up in ice at the poles) that they simply walked to Indonesia, Austrailia, and yes, America too.

The planet is warming up. Whether you believe it is natural, or it is human caused, it is happening. Placing our heads in the sand will not change it. We must deal with it, for it is going to cause a change to our civilization the likes we have not seen in the modern era. It will give us an opportunity to change for the better, if we embrace it.

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By SteveK9, January 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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I was a member of the Sierra Club for many years.  I have never voted for a Republican in 35 years.  However, I believe we need to build Nuclear Power Plants as quickly as possible.  I am familiar with the misinformation on Nuclear Power.  Nuclear power is our only real chance to move the dial on climate change.  Wind and solar are not the answer.  Add electric cars and we can REALLY make a difference.

Nuclear Power + Electric Cars = a Bright Future.

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By DMFD, January 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

It should have read: So, NY nor any other place will become spawning ground for fish due to global warming.

Maybe I should proofread before I submit:)

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By DMFD, January 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

AS it was when he was pushing global cooling about 10 or 12 years ago: IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!  There is no global warming, there is no global cooling, there is only the earth going through cycles. I don’t think NY is going to become a “spawning ground for fish.” I assume you think this because they, the gloabal warming brigade, say the ice caps are melting and when they do the oceans and seas will rise and flood the cities. Don’t don your life preserver yet. Do yourself a favor and try this little experiment:  Fill a water glass with ice and then fill it all the way to the top with water.  If what you believe is true, then once the ice melts, the glass will not be able to contain all of the water and therefore would run out and over the top of the glass and create a nice little pool of water on your counter.  The truth is that the level of water in the glass will not go up or down when the ice melts.  The level will remain the same.  So, NY or any other place will become spawning ground for fish due to global warming.  Go out and educate yourselves first instead of jumping on every anti establishment bandwagon.  Peace

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By Dave Schwab, January 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

GreenChange.org is telling President Obama and Congress to introduce a moratorium on new coal and nuclear plants.
Future generations will thank us for moving from dirty, dangerous fuels to safe, green energy.
Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/alp453

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By octopus, January 29, 2009 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

My lifestyle is no sacrifice but instead a form of true freedom. I would not trade it for anything.I am lucky and grateful that I manumitted myself from the slavery of car-based everyday life.
  Gore is not the scientist, but merely a person who has been able to organize and communicate the data in an understandable way. The fact of the matter is that the consensus of the global scientific community concurs that global climate change is due to greenhouse gas emmissions directly produced from human activities.Those handful of deniers have been shown to have direct ties to “Think Tanks” funded by Exxon Mobil.
  I am worried about the Navel Gazers who can only think of themselves and continue to paint this as some sort of Grant Seeking, Or Profit Seeking motivation. You folks need to turn off the Limbaugh,Beck, Coulter,Fox News and explore other information sources.
  The price of doing nothing is too high to risk the continuance of an unsustainable lifestyle.It is a moral issue, a recognition that we should safe keep the health of the planet for future generations.

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By jmac, January 29, 2009 at 7:44 am Link to this comment

Octopus, I am sure Mr. gore appreciates your sacrifice but he is still moving around by jet and stands to make $$$$ when he convinces everyone to go for his BS.
He refuses to look at the photos of Mars with their caps melting along with ours, leading us to the conclusion that we are experiencing sun cycles and not human cycles warming our planet.

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By jackpine savage, January 29, 2009 at 6:22 am Link to this comment

While Mr. Gore is quite right, i’d also propose that he shove his little lecture where the sun cannot heat it up.  He was the second most powerful man in the nation for eight years and did nothing about this issue that’s so near and dear to his heart.

In fact, he helped an oil company that he held stock in to drill on an Indian burial ground.

The environmental movement needs a new spokesperson, because this one can only be taken seriously by a handful of followers who end up sounding like born-again Christians every time they open their mouths.

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By DavidB, January 29, 2009 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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How sad it is that this fraud has been forced upon the unsuspecting, uneducated, gullible world. Gore should be in jail along with all the others that are shouting “fire” in the proverbial crowded theater. Consensus…what a lie. Nothing could be further from the truth. When will the Global Warming sheep open their eyes and minds…

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By Eso, January 29, 2009 at 4:16 am Link to this comment

Something has to stop the insane “progress” of our civilization. I am happy enough that it is too late. I have no regrets about seeing NYC as spawning ground for fish. We need a huge cultural change, one that goes from exploiting our Earth to us making self-sacrifices in order to renew it and then maintain it.

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By writeon, January 29, 2009 at 2:46 am Link to this comment
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the curse of the timelag. The tragic, nightmare scenario, is that we and our leaders finally ‘get it’ and begin to take climate change very seriously indeed, but that the time it took to gather virtually incontrovertable evidence was just too long and now it’s too late for mitigation and stopping dramatic changes that will challenge our entire civilization.

Up to now we’ve really been arguing about attempts to cut the level of increase in our energy consumption and CO2 emissions, thereby taking the top off of the rise in global temperature. However, what we really need to do, and quickly, is reduce our consumption of energy, probably by at least 50%! This is a real, society changing, challenge. Arguably it means the end of the economic growth at any cost paradigm, the consumer society… and probably the Capitalist model we’ve known for the last hundred years or more.

This is close to Revolutionary change, and I’m sceptical that those who rule society are ready and willing to go along with it.

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By keepyourheaddown, January 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment
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it’s already over… we are toast…

remember, you reap what you sow… and there is no stopping that…

too bad greedy humans… we were warned back in the 70’s

so what did we do… bigger cars,  bigger houses, bigger TV’s,bigger tits…

PATHETIC…

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By octopus, January 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Gore, you are one of my heroes. I heard your message 3 years ago and took action. A bicycle is my main form of transportation and has provided me with increased health, hundreds of wildlife encounters(and dozens of close encounters with inattentive motorists), and an intimate knowledge of my community.
    Thank you for trying to save us from ourselves. Even the Deniers are beginning to buy in now, but sadly most of us can only concentrate on our own needs, not the needs of others or future generations. Our narcissism will be our epitath. Still, your message and the consensus of the global scientific community will ascend and there may be hope for us yet. And if we cannot make the right changes to guarantee the survival of the planet, then I say good by and good riddance Humanity.

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