Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis.
The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change.
He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions.
Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment , sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War II.”
...And Irena Sendler is turning in her grave right 3, 2, 1...now.
He added: “We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource.”
Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as the threat from Nazi Germany.
“The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshold where political leaders feel that they must change.
“The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it’s a necessity.”
Mr Gore, who brought the issues around climate change to a mass audience with the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, said the great hope for the future lay in a high level of environmental awareness among young people.
He said sceptics who refused to believe dramatic cuts in carbon emissions could be delivered should consider the example of the young scientists in the Nasa team which put a man on the moon on 1969.
“The average age of scientists in the space centre control room was 26, which means they were 18 when they heard President Kennedy say he wanted to put a man on the moon in 10 years. Neil Armstrong did it eight years and two months later.”
He said future generations would put one of two questions to today’s adults.
“It will either be ’what were you thinking, didn’t you see the North Pole melting before your eyes, didn’t you hear what the scientists were saying?’ Or they will ask ’how is it you were able to find the moral courage to solve the crisis which so many said couldn’t be solved?’.”
Sir David King, the Government’s former chief scientist and now director of the Smith School, also berated politicians for failing to follow up their statements on climate change with a clear programme of action.
“I do think it’s relatively easy for a prime minister to make a speech on climate change which sounds committed and very much more difficult for that prime minister to persuade the Treasury to put the finance behind that commitment to make it a reality.
“There is a long distance in government between saying what you think needs to be said and then doing in terms of making budgets available.”
Sir David expressed disappointment that no senior British politician had taken up his invitation to address a conference attended by the world’s top climate scientists, senior business leaders and the presidents of the Maldives and Rwanda.
“I tried to pull in a lot of IOUs. But where was Lord Mandelson (the Business Secretary), where was Ed Miliband (the Energy and Climate Change Secretary)? Where was David Cameron? Where was William Hague?”
H/T Times Online
I have never liked this guy... He will say anything for power. Want to ban records? yeah sure.... You a friend of big tobacco? Sure am.... This jackass wanted to invade Iraq and take Baghdad during the first Gulf War. Why? because it was a popular opinion for a few days.
This is the so called champion of environmentalism who has hung the hat of the cause on "Global Warming." Considering that he owes his wealth to Conoco and big oil all around... Great choice for a champion folks. His personal carbon footprint dwarfs George W Bushs.
What does he do about this? He sells carbon credits.... (headscratch...)
So let me get this straight... he charges people cash to get them to invest in companies that he owns... seriously? Didn't the Catholic Church do something like that by selling indulgences so people could go straight to heaven.
This time you just get to live without the guilt of a big carbon footprint.
You know, I respect guys like Mike Stipe because he actually practices what he preaches, but when Al "f%#king" Gore compares his struggle to fighting Nazis...
He should remember that he stole a Nobel Peace Prize from a real hero who did just that.
For more on Irena Sendler, the just click on the title of this post.
I've eaten some crazy stuff over the years, The smoked eel was nice. I've seen grown men dare to drink the spring water from a can of tuna... It tasted worse on the way back up. This, my friends is the ultimate "I dare you" of canned foods.
Alabama Possum Well, there's no doubt that Alabama has the best possum around.
Ant Eggs OK, its a jar, but it must be fun revenge at a picnic,
Bacon You Bastards!!!! I didn't think it was possible, but you did it. You made me not want to eat bacon for the first time in my life.
Canned Whole Chicken The gelatin makes it easier to fry right outa the can.
Cheeseburger Well, leave it to the Germans to "F" up a perfectly good food.
Cricket with Egg I gotta ask.... What kind of eggs?
Fish So were the fish alive while being canned or what?
Fish Assholes Wow.... Now that's a winner.
Canned Crock Spicy too....
Haggis Nice to see the Scottish step up to the plate. Geezz... as if Haggis wasn't bad enough in the first place.
Iguana Broth Seriously...?
Pork Brains in Milk & Gravy It's the gravy that gives it the extra brainy taste.
Potted Possum Sauce Wow, that is a surprise... shiver...
Rattlesnake in a can Tempting.... I'd try it.
Reindeer Pate Always a Christmas party favorite...
Roasted Scorpions Roasted for that extra scorpion flavor.
Silkworm Nothing says BBQ like silkworm pupae in a can....
Spotted Dick Insert penis joke here.
Tongues Mmmmm... Tasty.
Fish Mouths Teeth!!!!? Canned food should not be able to bite back.