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Brokaw on Letterman, Al Gore’s latest project, and more buzz on green celebs


Tom Brokaw appeared on David Letterman last week to chat up his book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties. While speaking of his bike-riding Italian vacation, Brokaw was asked by Dave why Congress didn’t get the Climate Control bill signed, adding that the government should lead the way. Brokaw responded: “Those of us who drive big carbon-emitting vehicles or fly in airplanes that have only two passengers…well, some tough decisions have to be made.”  Letterman, quipped, “It’s not the greenhouse gasses, it’s the White House gasses.” Badump-bump. Maybe they should try Derrie Air (that’s the real name!), the world's only carbon-neutral luxury airline, which claims: “You don't have to choose between living the high life and saving the planet.”

Al Gore’s latest effort, the “We Can Solve It” ads with folks like Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, are now taking your suggestions for an "Unlikely Alliance”—pairs of people who disagree on everything but global warming. So far, ideas include: Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. My odd couple? Media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner.

Green Screen: In an effort to reduce environmental waste (and save money?), Bravo Network has invited EMMY voters to view shows online instead of on DVDs. MTV’s 20th season of The Real World is giving tours of its Hollywood green pad and solar-powered salt water pool during commercial breaks. Check it out on June 18, or go to the “Think MTV” blog (it’s not even mentioned on the Real World’s site for some unknown reason.)

Big Green Men sightings: Sex & the City’s Mr. Big, Chris Noth, raised funds for Rainforest Alliance recently in NYC. Harrison Ford appeared in WildAid’s PSA campaign to save endangered tigers, and Sean Penn attended a private soiree in California last month with Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper performing for Kelly Slater’s Foundation supporting eco-groups like Surfrider.

Green Notes:  Radiohead is touring with an impressive LED light show by i-Pix, which saves tons of CO2 emissions. The eco-friendly band sells their own reusable water bottles as well as posters and t-shirts. Singer Bjork performs in Iceland on June 28 to address environmental issues in her native country. Her blog states: "The 21st century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we need to recycle, think green, and design both power plants and our surroundings in harmony with nature."