Thursday, March 22, 2007

Gore Brings Reality, Boxer Slaps Inhofe

Two notes from yesterday's appearance by Al Gore before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, where the former Vice President testified about global warming and the dangers of climate change. Gore gave a great talk, during which the committee Chair, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) torched Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who was in charge of the panel before Democrats took back the Senate.

Here's Gore talking about the consequences of our inaction now on future generations:
"I promise you a day will come when our children and grandchildren will look back and they'll ask one of two questions. Either they will ask, 'What in god's name were they doing? Didn't they see the evidence? Didn't they realize that 4 times in 15 years the entire scientific community of this world issued unanimous reports calling upon them to act? What was wrong with them? Were they too blinded, numb by the busyness of political life or daily life to take a deep breath and look at the reality of what we're facing?

"Did they think it was perfectly alright to keep dumping 70 million tons every single day of global warming pollution into the earth's atmosphere? Did they think all the scientists were wrong? What were they thinking?' Or, they'll ask another question. They may look back and they'll say, 'How did they find the uncommon moral courage to rise above politics and redeem the promise of American democracy and do what some said was impossible and shake things up and tell the special interests, OK, we've heard you and we'll do the best we can to take your considerations into account, but we're gonna do what's right."
Here's the video, courtesy of our friends at

Very powerful and, as I so often think when I hear Gore speak, the world would be a much better place today if he were our president instead of the child we got stuck with in George W. Bush.

Levity and comeuppance was added to the proceedings when Jim "Ice-Age" Inhofe, the former Chairman of the committee -- and who doesn't believe in the science of climate change -- got beautifully slapped down by Boxer, who now chairs the committee.

Sorry, Jimmy, you don’t get to do this any more. I love it.