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Al Gore's New Climate Crisis Slideshow

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Al Gore premiered a new slideshow on the climate crisis at a TED talk last month in which he talks about the need to solve the democracy crisis so we can solve the environmental one, and says we must create a sense of generational mission to get this done. He also answers some questions at the end about how he feels the current presidential candidates will respond to global warming issues.

The slideshow was posted online today, and you can watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In the lecture, Gore reference's Jill Taylor, whose TED Talk was the last we featured, and if you haven't seen it, it's fantastic. Check it out here.

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  1. Sorry to be disagreeable... but Gore is an idiot. One day we'll all look back and wonder why we fell for his crap. Go awawy Al, just go away.

    Posted by: Christian | Apr 9, 2008 4:38:39 PM


  2. Good, good... but you might want to double check who gets to advertise on Towleroad. Just above Al Gore's slideshow news we see a banner for Ben Stein's new propaganda movie regarding Intelligent Design. Really? Really? I like Ben Stein, but Really? Let's have some oversight here...

    Posted by: Andy F | Apr 9, 2008 4:51:07 PM


  3. Christian

    Give reasons why you think Al Gore is an idiot as vs the Nobel Peace prize comittee's opinion of him.

    Also please state your qualifications for being considered superior to the Nobel peace prize comittee.

    Thanks

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 9, 2008 4:56:46 PM


  4. Christian,
    You are so right! Just the other day I was commenting to my friend about how funny it was when we thought the earth was flat. And if you sailed far enough, you'd fall right over the edge!

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 9, 2008 5:12:48 PM


  5. Christian, History will judge Al Gore...not we who live in 2008.

    I agree with putting a "cost on carbon" as we need to hit lazy American's where it hurts...the wallet. The underlying fact on Al's speech is that we cannot effect change without putting money in the equation. Sad but true, but money motivates and not good will and green logos and sexy eco advertising.

    Posted by: Jerry in RI | Apr 9, 2008 5:17:16 PM


  6. Jimboyo:

    The Nobel Committee gave Gore the Peace Prize, not an award for scientific achievement. Their choices have been dubious on more than one occasion. Yasser Arafat received the prize too, but that doesn't mean he was not a terrorist and thief (and as I recall, a closet homo who killed many gays in "Palestine").
    My problem with Gore is not that I don't believe in climate change. Climate change is a fact... the problem is that he and others have linked it exclusively to human causes. Really? Odd, considering that there has never been a time when the climate wasn't changing. I believe in protecting the environment from excessive litter, species extinction, clean water and air, and deforestation. Gore has gone too far. in just the past week, scientists have confirmed that the global temp is actually dropping and has been for a decade. Gore's response: Attack the messenger. Nice.

    Posted by: Christian | Apr 9, 2008 5:30:01 PM


  7. They also gave their prize to Martin Luther King. And what a douchebag he turned out to be!

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 9, 2008 5:41:11 PM


  8. Oh really, Christian?

    "[sic]in just the past week, scientists have confirmed that the global temp is actually dropping and has been for a decade."

    How fascinating! And who might these illuminati be and why hasn't the world press caught onto this amazing news? To think, the polar ice caps have been melting because the global temp is actually dropping! This turns everything I ever learned in geophysics and climatology on its proverbial ear! Well done, sir. Well done. I await your next revelation with bated breath. And now, I will go enjoy the melting ice within my mint tea as it cools the glass I am holding.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Apr 9, 2008 6:27:35 PM


  9. Christian

    Hmmmmm

    99.99999999999999% of WORLD scientists have all confirmed global warming and with 90% certitude that it is caused by human activity.

    I would be very intrested in knowing who exactly the scientists are that you are refering to. They wouldn't happen to be paid staff of Exxon Mobile? Oh wait a minute.....Exxon Mobile itself admited finaly that global warming was real and human activity is the culprit.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16593606

    When exxon mobile says it is time to curb green house gases, then you know it is really time to get started!

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 9, 2008 6:37:47 PM


  10. Geez guys... calm down. I seriously didn't mean to offend. My only point is that Al Gore treats global warming as if it's as solid a theory as Newton's Laws of Physics or The Theory of Relativity. It may turn out to be true, 80% true, or just 30% true. Scientific theories are not put to bed because of a Nobel Peace Prize or a headline in the NY Times. No one argues against temp changes, warming, cooling etc... the arguments in scientific circles center around causes.
    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23411799-7583,00.html

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110008597

    Posted by: Christian | Apr 9, 2008 7:44:22 PM


  11. Thanks for posting these talks, Andy!

    Posted by: Colin | Apr 9, 2008 7:48:19 PM


  12. Christian

    Lets take a look at the links you posted

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23411799-7583,00.html

    An interview with 1 scientist employed by Melbourne based Institute of Public affairs. IPA is conservative, so much so that its president has to constantly publicly state it isn't right wing because nobody believes it. :-) Its biggest financers are Western Mining, BHP Billiton just one of the largets mining companies in the world, and the tobacco industry. Its purpose is the promotion of deruegulation, privatization of all buisness, derregulating workplaces of protections for worker safety, limited government, and climate change skepticism = Big Buisness paid for group to promote big buisness propaganda and goals to make more money.

    The 1 scientist interviewed from the IPA paid staff (actualy a senior fellow at the group)out of the entire world of scientists is Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist. A biologist. Hmmmmmmmm Her expertise is biology and nothing what so ever!!!!!!!!!!! to do with being a climate scientist. That is like relying on a computer technician to diagnose the problems with your car's engine.

    The non climate scientists misquotes other people continualy throughout her interview. Totaly not surprising since a trained biologist instead of working in her actual field is pimping for a big biz propaganda think tank.

    The next link

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110008597


    Is an oped

    an opinion piece

    try

    http://www.ucsusa.org/ssi/climate_change/climate-consensus.html

    Become informed.

    Peace be with you

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 9, 2008 8:09:56 PM


  13. CHRISTIAN,

    Whenever someone derides the theory that human activity is causing global warming and ridicules those who encourage fewer carbon emissions, all I can think is: "So what if it turns out they ARE wrong. It won't hurt anyone/anything if we pump less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and instead turn to cleaner, renewable energy."

    It seems to me that people who support policies that would reduce carbon emissions are cautious and are acting in a way that absolutely cannot harm the environment, while those who fight against any restrictions are carelessly acting in a way that DOES have the potential to harm the environment. Considering that we have but one Earth, isn't it a better idea to err on the side of caution?

    xo,
    peterparker

    Posted by: peterparker | Apr 9, 2008 9:29:53 PM


  14. As a gay man, I find Al Gore offensive. His global warming propaganda is designed for one thing and one thing alone - to fill up his bank account. Wake up, my fellow gays.

    Posted by: jason | Apr 9, 2008 9:41:44 PM


  15. Jason

    Please detail your reasons and qualifications for saying what you have said vs the Nobel peace prize comittee and the majority of the world's climatoligists


    American Meteorological Society:

    "Indeed, strong observational evidence and results from modeling studies indicate that, at least over the last 50 years, human activities are a major contributor to climate change." (February 2007)


    American Geophysical Union

    "The Earth's climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming. Many components of the climate system—including the temperatures of the atmosphere, land and ocean, the extent of sea ice and mountain glaciers, the sea level, the distribution of precipitation, and the length of seasons—are now changing at rates and in patterns that are not natural and are best explained by the increased atmospheric abundances of greenhouse gases and aerosols generated by human activity during the 20th century." (Adopted December 2003, Revised and Reaffirmed December 2007)

    American Association for the Advancement of Science

    "The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society." (December 2006)


    U.S. National Academy of Sciences:

    "The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify taking steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." (2005)


    I am intrested in knowing your qualifications

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 9, 2008 9:52:34 PM


  16. As a gay man, I find Jason offensive. His comment is designed for one thing, to propagate a notion that gay men are only politically conscious when it concerns their rights directly as opposed to taking an interest in affairs that concern ALL of humanity.
    Wake up Jason.
    Also anyone who thinks global warming isn't real, really needs to pull there head out of Dick Cheney's ass.

    Posted by: AdamN | Apr 9, 2008 9:55:54 PM


  17. "99.99999999999999% of WORLD scientists have all confirmed global warming and with 90% certitude that it is caused by human activity."

    You might as well say, "Algore said it and I believe it and that settles it."

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 9, 2008 9:57:06 PM


  18. Tom scroll up

    I posted the official statments of some very credentialed scientific organizations.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 9, 2008 10:01:19 PM


  19. Sceptics may like to try this if they're feeling oppressed by bias:

    http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/climate-change/dn11637

    Their guide to 26 climate myths is useful as well.

    Posted by: John C | Apr 9, 2008 10:40:45 PM


  20. Thanks for that link John C

    Like you said , "Their guide to 26 climate myths is useful as well."

    So here is a direct link

    http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462

    Jason, Christian, Tom and anyone else should definetly read the guide

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 9, 2008 10:58:33 PM


  21. Man-Bear-Pig!

    What an egomaniac!

    There's a democracy problem?? Is this because AG is not in charge? Would he say that if he were in charge?

    People talk about Kyoto as if it were one thing, all properly laid out, but it is not. It is just a framework, and there are several versions. Some versions are vastly more expensive than other versions. None will have much impact on global warming. Kyoto is what you might call a foot-in-the-door. It is simply an irreversible agreement to control CO2 politically, by whatever means. This in itself is not going to do anything.

    The real burden is properly placed on alternative energy suppliers to provide those alternatives at a price competitive with fossil fuels. Otherwise we not only burden ourselves, but also the third world that right now can't even afford fossil fuels, which are the cheapest around. The third world doesn't have enough food to eat, so I doubt their top concern is global warming. There is a Chinese expression: "Empty belly? have one problem. Full belly? have many problems." I don't think we quite have the right to starve the third world to save polar bears or Innuit huts on the north slope.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 9, 2008 11:39:17 PM


  22. as a lesbian, i think al gore should watch his wife. She clearly has something going for her if she scored this paragon of sexy intelligence.

    Posted by: felix | Apr 10, 2008 3:38:17 AM


  23. Al is an offensive prick who plies the public with half-truths and distortions on global warming. He is not a credible source as far as I'm concerned. As for global warming, the Earth has experienced periods of warming and cooling over many millions of years when no cars existed, when no factories existed, and when no other forms of industrial emissions existed. This means that climate change happens independently of the type of activity associated with modern-day humans.

    Posted by: jason | Apr 10, 2008 8:25:14 AM


  24. Jason

    Your spouting of a MYTH is refuted here

    http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462

    Please detail how you are more qualified than

    - IPCC Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change
    - American Meteriological Society
    -American Geophysical Union
    -American association for the advancment of Science
    -Geological society of america
    -US Academy of Sciences
    etc

    Your qualifications are?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 10, 2008 8:53:05 AM


  25. i am a huge Al Gore fan, and a devout carnivore ...however I acknowledge Al Gore's absolute avoidance of the methane problem created by cattle production for our meat culture.
    That's our inconvenient truth.

    Posted by: A.J. | Apr 10, 2008 8:53:40 AM


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