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Al Gore on Climate Change: 'We Are Going to Win This Thing'
The Honolulu Civil Beat ^ | April 15, 2014 | Chad Blair

Posted on 04/17/2014 7:23:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The man who was almost president graced Honolulu with his presence Tuesday and walked us through a "seminar of sustainability."

By turns a university professor, a wry observer, a recovering politician, a joke teller and a Southern preacher, Al Gore fired up an audience of thousands at the Stan Sheriff Center to believe that global warming can be stopped. But it's possible only if each of us does our part.

"Ultimately, we are going to win this thing," he said, one of many statements met with hearty applause.

He also managed to repeatedly gush over fellow Democrats Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz, who he singled out multiple times as leading the fight here at home and in Washington to tackle the environmental crisis head on.

"A breath of fresh air," he called Schatz. "A true champion for the future."

"My friend, your great governor," he said of Abercrombie, his longtime friend.

"The Goracle," as he is dubbed by many for his prophetic proclivities, spoke to an enthusiastic mix of students, faculty, enviro-types and VIPs that included faculty, Abercrombie officials and legislators. Gore's speech was sponsored by the Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability.

Gore did not disappoint. Grayer and with less hair, and with a slight paunch filling out his aloha shirt, in voice and mind he sounded as passionate as ever about the environment — a far cry from the inanimate robot label that has stuck to him over the years.

Gore's talk was an updated version of the one he's been giving for years and that he first laid out in his 1992 book "Earth In the Balance." The planet is in trouble because humankind burns too much coal and oil, which is trapping greenhouse gases and raising temperatures.

The consequences grow more obvious by the day: famine, drought, floods, refugees, species extinction, to name just a few. The last few years alone have witnessed unprecedented super storms like Typhon Haiyan in the Philippines and Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Seaboard.

Gore also had plenty of local plugs. He says the evidence on climate change first became clear from carbon dioxide emission monitors on top of Mauna Loa some 60 years ago. He drinks only organic Hawaiian-grown coffee. And he stayed in a beautiful hotel in Waikiki where he lamented our eroding shoreline.

And Gore brought part of his famous slideshow, powered by a Mac laptop. The pictures and graphs were gorgeous — like the Earth taken from the moon in 1968 — and startling — a Bell Curve showing the number of hotter days over the past 80 years grow alarmingly disproportionate to the number of cooler days and days with average temperatures.

"The way we have to respond to this is going to require a set of changes that are beyond our routine," he said, his voice growing to a shout. "I know that we are capable of that. Our way of life is at stake, our grandchildren are at stake, the future of civilization is at stake."

But Gore cited two "game changers" in recent years that will help. The first is the growing realization from even climate-change deniers that something seems to be strange with the weather. The second is the exponential growth in photovoltaic solar panels, driven largely by consumer demand for lower prices.

The "barriers" to doing something about climate change are business and political interests that profit off of fossil fuels — "dirty energy that causes dirty weather." He compared fake science from polluters stating that humans are not to blame for the climate to tobacco companies that used to hire actors to play doctors who denied cigarettes were dangerous.

"That's immoral, unethical and despicable," he said of both.

The Al Gore that used to be lambasted for saying he invented the Internet and was the inspiration for "Love Story" (and yes, there is some truth to each claim) was also on display Tuesday. One supporter of Republican Duke Aiona, who hopes to face Abercrombie in a gubernatorial rematch this fall, tweeted out that it was former Gov. Linda Lingle that deserves credit for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, and not Abercrombie and his former lieutenant governor Schatz, as may have been implied by Gore. But it is true that the governor and the senator have made renewable energy a top priority.

Security at the Stan Sheriff was oddly strict for a man who has not held public office for 14 years and is unlikely to run again. Reporters were restricted to an area in the first level of the G section, far from the stage under the watchful eye of an usher.

Outside the center, local activists Liz Rees and Carolyn Hadfield handed out materials reading "Stop Drone Warfare and Surveillance" and promoting "Some Key Principles of Socialist Sustainable Development."

Before the presentation, the University of Hawaii Foundation hosted an invite-only reception ("aloha attire") for the Pauleys in the center's Ed Wong Hospitality Suite that featured Gore, Schatz, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and UH officials including Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple.

Inside the center, before the lights went down around 7 p.m., the mood was festive, as if the crowd was awaiting a UH Wahine volleyball match. Fiji's rendition of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" blasted from the public-address system. When Gore entered to thunderous applause — following a traditional pule from Hawaiian Studies Professor Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa — his visage was projected on the giant video screens hovering above the center of the center.

Gore, 66, served as vice president under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. A former U.S. representative and senator from Tennessee, he ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1988 and again in 2000, the year he won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush after a controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision on the disputed Florida vote count.

Gore was already recognized for his work to raise awareness of global warning when he became vice president. His documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, won the Academy Award in 2006, and in 2007 he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But Gore also has many critics, especially political conservatives who deny that the planet is warming and that humans are largely responsible.

Last year, Gore endorsed Schatz, citing the newbie senator's positions on the environment. On Monday, he was the star guest at a Schatz fundraiser at the Oahu home of Blue Planet Foundation founder Henk Rogers. Gore's speech, for which he was not paid, served as the headline event for a Hawaii sustainability conference all day Tuesday at UH.

The Gore event was organized by the UH Sea Grant College Program of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, on behalf of the UH Manoa Chancellor's Office and Schatz's office.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algore; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; gorebullwarming; hawaii
Uhmmm, weren't he and his family in the tobacco business for many, many years? Maybe they still are.
1 posted on 04/17/2014 7:23:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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lockbox


2 posted on 04/17/2014 7:24:23 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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Delusion is as delusion does.


3 posted on 04/17/2014 7:25:35 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ~ Albert Einstein)
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Based on the fact that we beat the record held since 1880 for the most snow in a season (96”)I would say Al, we got this licked.


4 posted on 04/17/2014 7:26:55 PM PDT by kempster
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TRANSLATION: "We will bury you."
5 posted on 04/17/2014 7:28:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The second fawning paragraph is nausea inducing.


6 posted on 04/17/2014 7:28:34 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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Did he deliver the speech from his coal-fired rocket chair?


7 posted on 04/17/2014 7:29:11 PM PDT by Argus
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Yep. Gore won’t admit that he has lost the public argument even as they won the debate in Hollywood and in the mainstream news.

People don’t see the picture Gore has painted with their own eyes. They are also waking up to the fact that the usual solution is to pay more to government and/or pay more for the same products benefitting crooks that pay the politicians.

I still can’t believe how close he came to being President.


8 posted on 04/17/2014 7:30:06 PM PDT by volunbeer
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To: SpaceBar

If you think that, don’t look at the photos at the site.


9 posted on 04/17/2014 7:30:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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10 posted on 04/17/2014 7:35:22 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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“Ultimately, we are going to win this thing”

Don’t hold your breath, Al. On second thought, hold your breath.


11 posted on 04/17/2014 7:35:36 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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Don’t forget the mining operation.I think it was a zinc mine.Nasty business.


12 posted on 04/17/2014 7:36:15 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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zinc pond


13 posted on 04/17/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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I still can’t believe how close he came to being President.

Rove lists that election as one of his accomplishments. He darn near lost it to that nincompoop Algore.

14 posted on 04/17/2014 7:37:44 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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15 posted on 04/17/2014 7:39:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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Global Warming is going to have a Happy Ending?


16 posted on 04/17/2014 7:44:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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His chakra is happy!


17 posted on 04/17/2014 7:53:27 PM PDT by volunbeer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AlGore’s Dad was “Palsy Walsey”with that old Commie Oilman who owned Occidental petroleum.Not only that,but he was”Palsy Walsey”with Lenin and Stalin.


18 posted on 04/17/2014 8:04:33 PM PDT by bandleader
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zinc pond

I think it's more the size of a lake...the one where his daddy taught him to "swim and fish"

in any case it's the largest toxic Superfund operation in Tennessee.

19 posted on 04/17/2014 8:06:47 PM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: Paladin2

Obviously not. This is purely a political issue. Do the developing countries, china, india and brazil have a issue with modernization and pollution? No!

The Muslim based OIC’s UN is going to do whatever it can to slow down the development of the west. In slowing down the west it winds down the developing nations. It does not help when alleged western players are siding with the losers.

Just wait , if Obama and his ilk get their desires, the UN will be on American soil fighting Americans.


20 posted on 04/17/2014 8:14:20 PM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What “thing” would that be, fat ass, rich white boy? How much more money do you need, Slick?


21 posted on 04/17/2014 8:23:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: bandleader
AlGore’s Dad was “Palsy Walsey”with that old Commie Oilman who owned Occidental petroleum.Not only that,but he was”Palsy Walsey”with Lenin and Stalin.

Armand Hammer was more than just "Palsey Walsey" with the Communist hierarchy. He was the bagman who illegally financed the American Communist Party with funds from the Soviet Communist International.

Young Al was carefully groomed to be America's first Communist President. He stumbled. But that goal was soon achieved by America's first Black Communist President.

22 posted on 04/17/2014 8:36:54 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Americans used to lock up con men in this country. What the heck happened to us?


23 posted on 04/17/2014 8:38:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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Maybe the World’s Most Irresponsible Man will stay in Hawaii. Too bad Obama won’t issue a Presidential directive preventing him from leaving that state.


24 posted on 04/17/2014 8:44:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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Al Gore on Climate Change: 'We Are Going to Win This Thing'

Didn't Algore tell us that "The debate is over"?

I guess, maybe, it wasn't...

25 posted on 04/17/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT by okie01
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“Win this thing” means we all live in unheated and uncooled 400 sq ft gray apartments next to the light rail tracks, are allocated 5 gallons of gas per month, and allowed to eat no more than 1,600 calories per day of twigs and grass, and are forbidden to ever travel more than 50 miles from your birthplace. Unless, of course, you are an apparatchik or a member of the nomenklatura.

Please, Mr. Goracle, explain to me how this is “winning.”


26 posted on 04/17/2014 8:53:13 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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“But it’s possible only if each of us does our part.”’

Agreed. And Al should lead by example by giving away all of his worldly goods and dress in ashes and sack cloth, live in a cave, walk on foot everywhere, and eat nothing but rice and vegetables in order to reduce his “carbon footprint” to near zero.


27 posted on 04/17/2014 8:56:06 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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Time is NOT on Al Gore’s side. Wasn’t 2016 a BIG date in Al Gore’s unicorn world? When we would be at the point of no return and everyone would be able to see the problem? Well, 2016 is right around the corner... and it’s gonna be ‘game o-VAR for this scam.


28 posted on 04/17/2014 9:02:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (MSNBC reporters couldn't spot a criminal if he was at the company Christmas party.)
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He bragged about it back when he was running for office in the South.
29 posted on 04/17/2014 9:12:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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Just by coincidence, hubby and I just finished watching Cool It.

https://archive.org/details/CoolIt

This guy makes a LOT of sense. What bewilders him is this: why do the liberals hate him so much?

What he fails to grasp is that he’s using rationality and common sense. They’re using GW alarmism as a tool to push for power and control through fear. They don’t *want* to solve the problem that they’re so deeply invested in.

I highly recommend you guys check it out. No, I don’t buy into the man-made global warming crap. But he’s using conservative approaches that are actually quite cool.


30 posted on 04/17/2014 9:22:18 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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Right now Gore wishes that he declared CO2 causes global cooling.


31 posted on 04/17/2014 10:31:31 PM PDT by Barnacle (Is treason a high crime or misdemeanor?)
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But it's possible only if each of us does our part.

And then he flew off in his private jet to return to his 10,000 sq-ft home.

32 posted on 04/17/2014 10:50:29 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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By turns a university professor, a wry observer, a recovering politician, a joke teller and a Southern preacher...

And according to another source, a sex-crazed poodle!

33 posted on 04/17/2014 10:53:25 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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34 posted on 04/18/2014 7:10:44 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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