More Gore

Al Gore is in high demand. According to E&ENews (FYI: paid subscription), the former VP will drop by Capitol Hill next month to talk with the elected officials compiling global warming legislation.

Earlier today, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Gore had accepted an invitation to appear March 21 in front of her panel. Gore is also scheduled to testify the same day before a joint hearing of the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and the House Science and Technology's Energy and Environment Subcommittee.

It’s probably unlikely that any committee members will be asking for Gore’s autograph, but we like the idea of them being a little star struck.

The hearings are sure to captivate Capitol Hill, both for its star witness power and because Democratic leaders have insisted climate change legislation is a top priority this year.


"It's quite unusual for an individual of his stature to appear before Congress to testify," said Paul Light, a New York University professor of public service.

Before all this hullabaloo takes place, however, we’re hoping to catch sight (via our TV, of course) of Gore all snazzed up at the Oscars on February 25. We’ve got our fingers crossed that An Inconvenient Truth will take home the prize for best documentary (though we aren’t getting our hopes up that Melissa Etheridge’s I Need to Wake Up will win in the best song category). No word yet on whether he’ll opt for a hemp or 100 percent organic cotton tuxedo.   


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