Thursday, March 22, 2007

al gore goes back to the hill

Al Gore got a rock-star reception at the House and Senate hearings on climate change. It's been a while since Gore has been there; if it weren't for the character assassination our mainstream media perpetrated against him in 1999-2000, he would be there every January for a State of the Union, which would be demonstrably better than now.

Anyway, a few good quotes from his encounter with Congress...

Gore to Texas House Republican Joe Barton: "The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don't say, 'Well, I read a science fiction novel that tells me it's not a problem.' If the crib's on fire, you don't speculate that the baby is flame-retardant. You take action." (Take that, Michael Crichton.)

Gore again: "This is not a normal time. We are facing a planetary emergency. I'm fully aware that that phrase sounds shrill to many people's ears. But it is accurate." (It isn't a fun message. It truly is an inconvenient truth. But terrible (incompetent or evil?) journalism and professional skeptics aside, this isn't an issue to hope will just go away. It won't -- but Florida might.)

Oklahoma GOP Senator and disbeliever in science James Inhofe: "How come you guys never seem to notice it when it gets cold? . . . Where is global warming when you really need it?" (Oh, that's clever. Does Inhofe believe in climate change when Tulsa has a record high temperature? Nope.)

Maryland Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.): "It's possible to be a conservative without appearing to be an idiot." (True, although the evidence is slim. At least one GOP member of Congress with two neurons to rub together.)

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