Monday, January 30, 2006

Getting it

Over the weekend, I had my usual dinner with friends,

good friends,

and we did our usual end of the week hashing of the news.

We talked about Hamas,

we talked about Bird flu,

we talked about spying,

we talked about our beloved leader.

When we talked about who in the world

might the Democrats field,

I threw out the name of Gore.

"Gore is washed up."

"Gore is history."

Anybody but Gore, they said.

Of course, the right, sane, safe candidate is Warner.

He is a southern governor, he is tall, he is popular.

But what my friends didn't and don't know,

Is that Gore is once again the clear leader in the fight to awaken

the American People and the World

to the peril of Climate Change.

My friends still think the world is the same old world,

That the same old formulas still hold.

It is not, and they do not.

Even Bill Clinton knows it now.

Here is the story from WCBS and AP

Clinton: Climate Change World's Biggest Concern
Jan 28, 2006

(AP) Switzerland Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told corporate chieftains and political bigwigs Saturday that climate change was the world's biggest problem -- followed by global inequality and the "apparently irreconcilable" religious and cultural differences behind terrorism.

Clinton's comments provided something a freewheeling and philosophical finale -- ahead of Sunday's formal wrap-up -- to several days of high-powered discourse on the state of the world, and the mostly admiring audience seemed to hang on his every word.

"First, I worry about climate change," Clinton said in an onstage conversation with the founder of the World Economic Forum. "It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we're making irrelevant and impossible.

"Clinton called for "a serious global effort to develop a clean energy future" to avoid the onset of another ice age."

Now, couple that with this story.

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him
Published: January 29, 2006

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.

In several interviews with The New York Times in recent days, Dr. Hansen said it would be irresponsible not to speak out, particularly because NASA's mission statement includes the phrase "to understand and protect our home planet."

He said he was particularly incensed that the directives had come through telephone conversations and not through formal channels, leaving no significant trails . "

Now, when the former president thinks an issue is

The world's biggest problem

And the present president,

is trying to silence his own Scientists.

You really have a problem.

This administration will be remembered as a bunch of oil cowboys.

Will we be remembered as a bunch of cattle?

Al Gore has made Climate Change his life again.

He gets it.

When will we?


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the art.


10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OZ, for some reason, this is one of your better ones.

It actually worked on me.

I don't like being called a cow.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems as though more and more stories from reliable sources are emerging.

Good for Clinton for putting his weight behind Climate Change.

Maybe we will "Get It" in time.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about being called asheep at the wheel?

7:50 AM  
Blogger oZ said...

very nice. anon, very nice.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore mentioned the NASA scientist in his MLK day speech. The New York Times someone was listening. Maybe Gore is starting something. But to be truely listened too, he will have to run.

5:08 PM  

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