We campaign hearts the planet, and Al Gore


Picture it, spoken in Al Gore’s distinctive baritone monotone: “I've been deeply frustrated. I suspect a lot of you have been too. We're facing such huge challenges and all you hear through the media are demagogic chants like ‘drill, drill, drill.’" So says Gore in his email outreach for the We campaign from the Alliance for Climate Protection, one of Gore’s projects.

The organization aimed to raise $80,000 online to air a climate change message on cable TV and on 60 Minutes and 20/20. Promising news is that the people had already donated $150,000 in the first six hours following the email outreach. Here’s the message that they’re planning to run:

“The solution to our climate crisis seems simple.
Repower America with wind and solar.
End our dependence on foreign oil. A stronger economy.
So why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy?
Because big oil spends hundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energy.
Lobbyists, ads, even scandals.
All to increase their profits, while America suffers.
Breaking big oil's lock on our government ...
Now that's change.
We're the American people and we approve this message.”

But do the American people approve of Al 100 percent? Hardly. He’s come under fire recently after purchasing a 100-foot house boat which he keeps docked on Center Hill Lake. Mind you, some of the people taking aim are ones who don’t believe in global warming, in spite of hard scientific evidence. Apparently to these doubters, reports Ecorazzi, Al Gore isn’t practicing what he’s preaching. Oh—except for the fact that the boat is solar-paneled and runs off biodiesel. It’s called Bio-Solar one, for Chrissakes. Maybe they didn’t read that far before launching into another tirade against Gore’s inconvenient truth (which, by the way, earned him and researchers a Nobel Peace Prize last year).

Our main man Al also sees the recent economic downturn as a chance to invest in green energy, pinning the majority of U.S. debt on the purchase of foreign oil. He spoke to help launch the Live Earth India concert, which will benefit solar energy projects, saying, "We need to substitute renewable sources of energy -- solar energy, wind energy, and others -- in place of the very expensive and dirty oil and coal that's contributing to the debt crisis and the general financial crisis.

"It (the global financial slump) is in some ways a great opportunity for us to have these technologies before us... to revive economies."

This is one prediction from Gore that rather than dreading, we can hope comes true.

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Comments

I agree that Al Gore's houseboat is a little extravagant for average folk, yet he was trying to make a point about alternative energy and fuels.

My wife and I are living on a houseboat, and we are constantly promting healthy green living, from a houseboat point of view, on our website.

You can reduce your dependance on fuel by using the wind and solar power to leesen the need for fuel.

There's composting toilets, and bio-degradeable products to help protect the planet.

So what if Al Gore enjoys solar powered houseboats, there's hundreds if not thousands of other houseboaters who do also.

Just my thoughts, IAN...

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