Accuracy in Media

Al Gore is steamed.  Gore who has transformed himself into a global warming guru for the wine and brie set is upset that despite all of his recent efforts to warn the world of impending doom if drastic action isn’t taken to address the dangers of global warming that more attention is paid to Paris Hilton than saving the planet.

Gore told the Sun (U.K.) newspaper that Hilton received more attention that the G8 meeting in Germany at which he claimed the U.S. was trying to throw a monkey wrench in the efforts of other nations to build a consensus on global warming.

Until now I was in a bit of lather myself with all the media coverage of the socialite whose only claim to fame is a sex tape and the fact that she carries the Hilton name.  But after reading of Gore’s frustrations I can now on the side of more coverage for Paris if it means less for Gore’s junk science.

Maybe part of the problem is that not every liberal is on board with Gore and his crusade. 

For example, Gore is planning on a series of concerts to raise awareness of global warming with one in Wembley Stadium in England on July 7th featuring Madonna, James Blunt and the Red hot Chili Peppers among the artists scheduled to perform.  One would think that the former vice-president would just have the musicians falling over themselves to be a part of this.  Yet there are some notable detractors including the Who’s Roger Daltrey and Live Aid organizer Sir Bob Geldoff who said that Gore was hosting “an enormous pop concert” with no clear political goals. 

When asked by the Sun about this accusation Gore responded by saying that they will have significant, hard hitting goals and that they will be announced before the concert and emphasized during the concert.  I can’t wait to hear what they will be after a buildup like that.

Gore was even forced to defend Madonna when the Sun reporter asked him whether or not the Queen of Pop would be willing to give up her private jets to reduce carbon emissions.

Mr. Gore said: “Well, I appreciate and respect her as an artist and as a person and there are many artists who are offsetting their role in contributing to the CO2 build-up and I understand that.

“The essence of this problem is that we live in a civilization that has developed rather fully according to a pattern that emphasizes the burning of carbon-based fuels.

“So making the shift to renewable energy is a challenge for everyone that will be a lot easier when governments around the world adopt the new strategies that will make this shift a lot easier to accomplish.”

What?

That’s an awfully long response when a simple “no” would have sufficed.  Then again it is Al Gore.

The Sun deserves credit for blowing holes in the Gore armor, but since he has the U.S. media on his side don’t hold your breath for any of this interview to receive any attention back home.




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