At the closing of the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference (TED) in Monterey, California, Al Gore delivered an impassioned speech calling upon political leaders and the public to continue to fight for greater attention paid to the environment. The media in particular, which in the past have been quite kind to pushing the green agenda, were chided by Gore for not including the subject during the recent presidential campaigns. From the article,
“He showed slides listing the number of questions that broadcast media outlets posed to presidential candidates last year about the climate crisis. NBC’s top journalists asked 956 questions of the candidates, but only two of them were about the climate crisis. ABC journalists asked 844 questions; two of which were about the crisis. Fox and CNN also asked two questions on the topic, and CBS had asked none, he said.”
Gore went on to say that the resources were available to deal with the problem — about a week’s worth of funding for the Iraq War would put a dent in it — but that political will was lacking. As a result, the Alliance for Climate Protection, which Gore founded and to which his Nobel Prize money went, will be launching a massive media blitz between now and November to create a public movement to urge politicians to make environmental initiatives a priority.
I’m hopeful that once the party nominees are solidified, we’ll start to see more attention paid to issues of green jobs, renewable energy, and climate change. I’m sure if gas continues its climb to $4/gallon, we’ll see energy alternatives become the focus real quick.
For more on Gore’s presentation, check out the full article over on Wired.
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