Live Notes Taken During Al Gore’s Speech Today

  • all the thanking he’s doing right now probably made a decent minority of viewers turn the channel to a TV judge show. we get it, already.
  • he says politicians need get with the program or step aside. Ahem, Republicans.
  • so many things going awry simultaneously (mortgage, bank, gas prices, we’re at war…).
  • in five years, the entire northern polar ice cap could disappear one summer.
  • has he lost weight? he looks better than he has in a long time.
  • stats, stats and more stats.
  • comment on situation iraq.
  • crazy weather: floods, fires, etc.
  • Stats.
  • he’s much better with a teleprompter than even Obama. we won’t even get into McCain.
  • politicians presenting old solutions to each crisis separately without taking the other crises into account.
  • these solutions are not only ineffective, they make the other crises worse.
  • borrowing money from china to buy oil from middle east. that has to change.
  • the answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuel.
  • talking about his solution summits. solutions to the climate crisis are the same solutions to the economy and guaranteeing our national security.
  • Stats.
  • production of electricity cheapest and easiest way to take advantage of renewal energy.
  • New strategic initiative is linchpin of bold, new strategy to empower America.
  • 100% of energy electricity and renewable and carbon-free sources within 10 years.
  • Has he been talking with Boone Pickens? I hope so.
  • Wind, solar, etc. getting cheaper and cheaper.
  • Stats.

Dammit, CNN cut him off and now I’m watching McCain at a Kansas City Town Hall meeting talking about dependency on foreign oil and alternative energy resources and nuclear power. “Senator Obama opposes nuclear energy. He has a presidential seal I saw that says, ‘Yes, We Can.’ I think we should change it – ‘No, We Can’t’ or ‘No, We Won’t.'” Wow, CNN – this is sooooo much more important than a new energy initiative proposed by a former presidential candidate. Morons.

Found the transcript on The Huffpo.


8 Responses to “Live Notes Taken During Al Gore’s Speech Today”

  1. 1 Marc
    July 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Tell me if he bashed offshore oil drilling at not. I can’t watch such things at work.

  2. 2 finalspin
    July 18, 2008 at 6:44 am

    “We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change.”

    Very catchy line, that. See my comments about it: http://finalspin.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/americas-energy-mantra/

  3. 3 Marc
    July 18, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Her notes Finalspin, just thought I’d point that out.

  4. July 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Marc – girlpower and whatnot. i would actually like to see some factual evidence that we are borrowing money from china to pay for oil. i know we borrow money from china, but do those same funds go directly to the middle east? does it matter? these catchy phrases are generally not factually correct on the whole and need decent research be thoroughly deciphered.

  5. 5 Marc
    July 18, 2008 at 10:26 am

    It’s really pretty impossible to tell, as our debt is paid for in bonds which are bought up by the Chinese. It’s impossible to link those bonds to anyone one particular part of our debt, however, judging from the volume of bonds purchased by the Chinese, its pretty safe to say that some of it has gone towards financing our purchasing of oil in the Middle East.

  6. July 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Sorry about the gender mix-up, Meredith. It’s fixed.

    Al Gore is being disingenuous when he establishes a link between borrowing from China to y Middle-Est oil. For one thing, it’s not the same people doing the borrowing and the oil buying. It’s not the same financial vehicles either.

    Taken on a macroeconomic scale however, the two are linked up to a point. As a country, the United States are now importing a lot more than they are exporting – and oil (from about everywhere, not just the Middle-East) is part of that imbalance, as American sources of oil developed in the last centuries are now pretty going dry. To pay for those imports, governments and corporations have to borrow, and China is more than happy to oblige. Thus reducing America’s dependence on outside energy sources (not just oil) reduces the need to borrow funds. Hence Gore’s argument. I think.


  7. July 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks, Finalspin. I believe Meredith used to be a man’s name in any case. Politicians too often search for the quick sound-bite to playcate us uneducated voters. As a strategy, I can appreciate it (and think Obama should use refer to the Iraq War as a “war of choice” as much as he can before November), but I hate these misleading, partially incorrect rhetorical clips as an informed person.

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