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Al Gore was in fine form on The Colbert Report that aired on 09.14.11. When it comes to the environmental menace we face, our ex-vice president is unwavering effort in his fight to increase awareness of global climate change. In his appearance, the ex-vice president steadfastly defended his position on global climate across as he bantered with Stephen Colbert. The host started the interview by asking whether Gore would endorse Perry in 2012.
Many people are unaware that Perry was the top Texas supporter and organizer in 1988 for then-Senator Al Gore, who ran for president as a Southern conservative. I came to my senses, Perry likes to say when asked about his Gore days. I certainly got religion. I think he’s gone to hell. I’ve heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I’m starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide.
Colbert asked Gore if he would support ex-Democrat Rick Perry for president.
Colbert: Rick Perry endorsed you in 1988. Will you return the favor right now and endorse Rick Perry?
Gore: Well, it would hurt him a lot, in a Republican primary.
Colbert: So, is that an endorsement?
Gore: No, it’s not.
Colbert: “So because an endorsement would hurt him and you won’t endorse him, isn’t that, in itself, an endorsement?
Gore: [pauses, ponders] You could put it that way.
Colbert adeptly changed the topic to Perry’s derision of global climate change as “junk science.”
Colbert: Rick Perry said in one of the recent debates of global warming that back in the 17th Century, only Galileo said the earth revolved around the sun. Everybody else said the sun revolves around the earth. Who’s side are you on, Galileo or global warming>? Because Rick Perry said you can’t have it both ways.
Gore: Steve, the earth does go around the sun. Look outside.
Colbert: I’ll accept there’s global warming because your movie made money. The market has spoken!…
Colbert: I’ve gotta say that [global climate change] is a very 2007 thing, because then it was luxury to care
Gore: It’s gotten worse since then
Colbert: Well yeah—but so has everything else. Look, you’re a guy who’s down in my basement saying, “Hey, you got a broken foundation in your house,” and I’m telling you “The second floor is on fire.” OK, that’s the economy in this metaphor. I have to put the economy fire out before work with your foundation global warming. Is this too technical?
Gore: I marvel at the sophistication of your metaphor.
Colbert: Thank you very much. Where’s my Nobel prize?
Gore lead into the issue of global climate change and job creation. He argued persuasively that a good environment creates a good economy.
One of the reasons the economy is in trouble because we keep going to war in the Middle East in the place where most of the oil is located and we keep borrowing money from china to buy oil from a market dominated by Saudi Arabia and burn it in ways that destroy the future of the planet. All of that’s gotta change. We can put people to work and strength the econ by building solar and wind facilities, refurbishing inefficient buildings, building smart grids, and fast trains, and putting people to work instead of continuing this addition to very expensive dirty oil and coal.
Gore then unveiled his Climate Reality project on the show. The site focuses its attention on the truth about the climate crisis. For 24 hours, we will all live in reality. Pick a faraway place or a city near you. Make it yours for one day. We’re hitting every time zone—but only once, at 7 p.m. in each time zone
This site streams worldwide in all 24 times zones for 24 hours a day. Visitors can learn about humans’ effect on global climate change and the resulting extreme weather pattern changes across the globe.
Mad Mike’s America thanks The Colbert Report and Snopes.com, Fox News, FactCheck.org, and the Climate Reality Project.
Will Al Gore’s new Climate Reality Project open people’s eyes to the reality of global climate change?