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Gore Says Laws Must Change

Original post made by Jane on Apr 21, 2008

Gore warns that while individual efforts such as changing to low-energy lightbulbs are important, it is more significant for world leaders to change laws to stop pollution pouring into the atmosphere and affecting the climate.Web Link

The man who is now as much part of the Hollywood Establishment as he was a political player with the Democratic Party is very careful not to upset any of his celebrity friends

He wouldn't dream of suggesting that their lavish jet-setting and gas-guzzling lifestyles could be reined in for the good of the environment.

When we point out that David Beckham has recently been given the dubious title of having the worst carbon footprint in history – clocking up enough air miles to fly to the moon and owning 15 gas-guzzling cars, Mr Gore shifts uncomfortably in his seat.

He knows what is coming next.

When asked what he would say to the football icon – a hero to millions – about his impact on the environment, Mr Gore refuses to be drawn.

He gives a huge belly-laugh at the notion that Posh and Becks could invest in an environmentally-friendly hybrid car such as a Toyota Prius.

He careful considers his answer before saying: "I don't think that's my place. I don't want to get into personally criticising anyone."

Comments (11)

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

Maybe he should start by criticising his own family's behaviour in their own Prius. It isn't what you own, it is what you do with it.

We have cars which may not be as ecologically sound as a Prius, but we do walk, ride our bikes and often use public transport.


Posted by mike w b, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 21, 2008 at 9:46 am



How to lower carbon output without hurting the economy or expanding governmental powers. see Web Link


Posted by mary, a resident of Stanford
on Apr 21, 2008 at 9:53 am


Assuming the International Olympic Committee doesn't snuff out the relay in the face of mass protests—it says that won't happen— calculations estimate that the entire trip will unfold over 50,000 miles in 20 countries.
(Including a 31-city tour in mainland China, the entire thing will cover 85,000 miles.) As Wired reports, the flame gets its own private plane, so those 50,000 miles of travel demand 270,000 gallons of jet fuel. (The torch's plane needs 5.4 gallons of fuel for every mile flown.) With every gallon of fuel burned, 23.88 pounds of CO2 get pumped into the air, which means air travel alone will generously offer the environment 6,447,600 pounds of CO2.
That's the equivalent weight of more than 1,000 Hummer H-2s.


Posted by Paly mom, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 21, 2008 at 10:47 am

A March NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found only 4% of respondents said they thought "the environment and global warming" should be the federal government's top priority. The latest Gallup poll shows that the number of people who worry a great deal about global warming has not changed significantly in 19 years.

Indeed, global warming does not even rank high on Americans' list of environmental concerns.


Posted by sally, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:30 am


What amuses me, wryly, is how this new religion is following in the path of all traditional ones in its impact on women. Climate change is indeed a feminist issue. Who will be the victims of the eco-smug; of this pious gospel of make-do-and-mend? Why, women - who will have to forgo their washing machines and their dish washers, carry supermarket shopping on the bus, and return to the horror of reuseable nappies.


Posted by econ, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:19 pm

>Soaring food prices and global grain shortages are bringing new pressures on governments, food companies and consumers to relax their longstanding resistance to genetically engineered crops.Even in Europe, where opposition to what the Europeans call Frankenfoods has been fiercest, some prominent government officials and business executives are calling for faster approvals of imports of genetically modified crops

Good for US farmers and our balance of trade


Posted by Jarred, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm

I guess when lefties see the Democratic party performing the Nth repetition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, it is only natural that they become bitter, and cling to their traditional mainstays, such as worship of the state as the solution to all problems, and blind fealty to discredited scare stories about human-caused environmental Armageddon.

It's quite beyond me how anyone can still take the "theory" of human-caused global warming seriously. Al Gore couldn't connect cause and effect if you gave him bucket of super glue.


Posted by An Observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Have you noticed that Al G. moved his office from Palo Alto to Menlo Park?

Palo Alto's policies probably cause more CO2 production than any city in the Bay Area, based on the population of Palo Alto. It's the commuters, stupid).

Many millions of gasoline are burned every week by commuters coming and also going out of town to work.

I haven't heard anything from Al Gore about promoting Nuclear Energy. It dosen't produce C02, radioactive waste into the atmosphere, mercury or sulpher into the atmosphere so I guess it shouldn't be used. Maybe he gets money from the coal lobby like so many "enviromentalists" probably do.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:07 am

Is this the Al Gore who could not manage a rental property well enough to keep his tenant's toilet flushing? And he is telling us how to run the world? Why do I have this image of a box of rocks?


Posted by Femenist Issue Maybe, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 6:21 am

Al Gore isn't making much headway. There was a blog in Issues Beyond Palo Alto entitled: "Ultra Mega Coal-fired Power Plant to Doom Planet". Also "The Sun" isn't exactly "The London Times". Look to your source.


Posted by ol' lady, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 7:06 am

Jarred, you completely cracked me up!! I hope I wasn't the only one!

I would like to believe that AG has become completely irrelevant, but unfortunately I saw this week that now there is now a last gasp in the form of a CHILDREN'S VERSION of the fiction story called "Inconvenient Truth" in the Scholastic book order form kids are bringing home...k-5 kids!

Gird your homes, folks. Horror books are infiltrating your elementary school kids' lives in the guise of educational material.


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