Gore: Economy Should Spur Action On Global Warming

Former Vice President Al Gore is urging Congress not to be sidetracked by the current financial crisis and to take "decisive action" this year to reduce the heat-trapping gases responsible for global warming.

Gore, scheduled to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, planned to tell lawmakers that a bill capping greenhouse gas emissions is needed if the U.S. is to play a leading role in negotiations for a new international climate treaty.

He also was pressing Congress to pass President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, saying investments in clean energy and green jobs will help dig the country out of its economic rut, according to his prepared testimony.

The Bush administration pulled out of the last treaty, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, because of the lack of participation by developing countries. Negotiations on a new agreement are scheduled for later this year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gore — recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize whose book on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," became an Oscar-winning documentary — said the economic recession and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should not cause another delay.

"The road to Copenhagen is now very clear. It starts with the passage of President Barack Obama's stimulus bill in its entirety. And then, secondly, we need to put a price on carbon by passing cap and trade legislation," Gore said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "In other words, this crisis is an opportunity."

Gore's appearance is another sign that the Democratic-controlled Congress plans to act quickly on climate change. It comes days after Obama signed orders that will boost the fuel efficiency of the nation's cars and trucks and could allow states to limit emissions of greenhouse gases from exhaust pipes.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also named a special climate envoy this week to lead U.S. negotiations on a new international treaty. She picked Todd Stern, a former White House assistant who was the chief U.S. negotiator at the Kyoto talks.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he asked Gore to testify before the panel so "the message can go out loud and clear that the committee is going to be relentless and super-focused" on preparations for Copenhagen.

Gore is the perfect messenger, Kerry said.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 29, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    Ted is that Manbear Pig still loose?
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    Gore is a hypocrite and needs to go back to Tennessee(if they will have him). I hope that he does not take away my internet privileges because of my first statement. He invented the internet, you know.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Recently a group of over 650 climatologists met with the UN and stated Quote: “Global Warming is a media driven MYTH”
  • by Buzz Location: Sonny Beach on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    Al Gore flies back and forth across the country each and every day spouting his "gobal warming" gig. The plane that he uses burns the equivalant of 100 SUV's(that's right an evil SUV) to drive one way across the country. If he really cared, He'd tele-commute. I'll beleive "maybe" in "global warming" when at least 85 percent of the evironmental scientists are in agreement. Right now less that 50 percent believe in it. Buzz-
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Anartica is colder now than in 20 years and we have global warming? Like I have been telling you, we are stupid, the government will take care of us even if NOAA tells us we are having a very cold year so far. Politicians are now scientists, I know, one sold me a bridge in NYC last year and he told me. Of course I would question his intergrity, he is just like the "new cabinet" full of honest, hardworking and caring people. In fact leave Blogo alone, he did nothing wrong, he said so on the view.......well, he is no more corupt than "the chosen one", You voted for...
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    If Al Gore is so concerned about it, why doesn't he donate all his funds to science and go live off the grid. His mansion and lavish lifestyle that our taxes pay for, consumes 10 times more energy than the average american household. This is just another rung on the ladder for his bank account.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Only Al Gore can save us from Manbear Pig.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    I was wondering how long it would take him to surface.
  • by Jay on Jan 28, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    Al Gore, like Obama, is the Pied Piper of Lies. Man-made global warming is a hoax! history will show Al Gore to be a buffoon.
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