Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Al Gore's New Slide Show... AL, HELP US!!!

Recently, Al Gore presented a brand new global warming slide show on Ted.com. It was the first time he has shown this new version. Its ALARMING and worse than anyone thought.

You can see the panic on his face as he gives it. Anyone who watches this talk (and I sincerely hope there are a lot of you) will wonder why we have sat here and let another year pass without doing anything of any real consequence other than changing our lightbulbs and considering how wonderful we are now that we sell hybrid cars. He points out that this is simply not enough to save our lives and the life of the planet. I refer to this as the American mass version of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE... which is discussed in detail in my profile. He does provide guidance in this talk as to what YOU can do.

The time to act on a National and Global scale is NOW. I am posting the entire presentation below so you don't have to do anything except click on it and watch it. I believe it is the duty of every American citizen to watch this and then do something to pressure lawmakers to be brave, lead, and quickly bring about an end to our carbon based society. This is not something that is just hard to do, it is something we MUST DO NOW to save our own lives. What more motivation do we need? You think getting the troops out of Iraq or making sure that Obama or Hillary win the nomination is more important than the future of the planet? These issues are not 1/1000th as important. Think again about the experience of having no oxygen to breathe while lower Manhattan is under water.

If you don't think its important that we won't have any oxygen to breathe later in our lifetimes, then consider that your kids won't have any. And consider that this inaction on the part of our generation demonstrates that we have little concern for your own lives, the lives of our children, our families, our loved ones, our friends and our own collective futures.

And dare I ask the question: Where are the environmental organizations on commandeering this issue and why am I not reading about their bold and decisive actions on the front page of the New York Times? That's because they're not doing any. The Tibetan activists.... oh, just a few hundred them, captivated the world with their bold, decisive and SMART actions to bring attention to China's miserable record on Human Rights. From my little vantage point, it appears that most environmentalist organizations are mostly focused on raising money to grow their organizations rather than organize and execute effective direct action.

P.S. You can also watch the presentation on TED.com by clicking on the title of this post.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

* In January 2007, the Governor announced the world's first Low Carbon Fuel Standard for transportation fuels that requires fuel providers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels sold in California. This first-of-its-kind standard firmly establishes sustainable demand for lower-carbon fuels without favoring one fuel over another. To start, the standard will reduce the carbon intensity of California's passenger vehicle fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020 and more thereafter.
* In September 2006, the Governor signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, California's landmark bill that established a first-in-the-world comprehensive program of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve real, quantifiable, cost-effective reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The law will reduce carbon emissions in California to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The Governator has also called for the state to reduce carbon emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

Bruce Steinberg said...

Dear Anon,

Thank you for clarifying what the brave governor from California is doing to raise gas standards. I have heard that the Federal Government is fighting him the whole way with the rationale that each state should not have different standards as this would "confuse" the auto manufacturers.

Thank you for your comments and stay tuned for more news on our deteriorating planet.

cheers