Former Vice President Al Gore pressed lawmakers Wednesday to back President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan and quickly restrict U.S. output of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
"In order to repower our economy, restore American economic and moral leadership in the world and regain control of our destiny, we must take bold action now," he said in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Nobel laureate, who won an Oscar for his global-warming book turned documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," said Washington had to lead the world heading into global climate talks in Copenhagen in December.
If Congress "acts right away" to pass Obama's stimulus plan and "takes decisive action this year" to cap carbon emissions, the US delegation to the Danish capital will enjoy "renewed authority to lead the world in shaping a fair and effective treaty," said the former vice president.
"And this treaty must be negotiated this year. Not next year. This year," he warned in the written remarks.
"A fair, effective and balanced treaty will put in place the global architecture that will place the world — at long last and in the nick of time — on a path toward solving the climate crisis and securing the future of human civilization," he said.
Gore praised Obama's stimulus plan for including environment-friendly items such as investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy grid improvements and a shift to "clean cars."
Of course, the Goracle failed to mention what else is at stake here: the size of his wallet. After all, Gore has invested quite a bit of money in the “makers of environmentally friendly products". Then too there's his own carbon footprint of a company, Global Investment Management, to think about as our tax dollars are spent on the farce that is global warming, Gore's profit margin increases and increases. Now isn't that just special.