He may have been preaching to the choir, but former Vice President Al Gore stirred an Aspen audience Friday with a passionate speech about the effects of global warming, at one point pounding his fist on the podium and declaring it “a moral issue.”How ironic a man who hasn't had an original thought in three decades speaks of intellectual exercise. When was the last time this bloated bag of wind had any exercise at all?
Gore, 62, delivered a 50-minute keynote address for a symposium on “Forests at Risk: Climate Change and the Future of the American West.” The event, hosted by the local nonprofit For the Forest, was held in the Doerr-Hosier Center at The Aspen Institute.
Gore told the standing-room-only audience that his remarks on global warming, and the presentations throughout the half-day symposium, should not be taken as merely “interesting” or “an intellectual exercise.”
“It is a call to action,” he said, “if you love these forests, if you think for a moment about the obligation we have to those who come after (us).Gore then dazzled the captive audience with another tedious slideshow of made-up statistics.
“This is a forest issue. It's a political issue. It's an economic issue. It's a national security issue. It's a jobs issue. But at bottom, it is a moral issue,” he said to widespread applause. “And we have to be willing to stand up and do the right thing."
According to Gore, 90 million tons of pollution that contribute to global warming are sent into the Earth's atmosphere every day. The time has come for not just Americans but the world at large to make a conscious decision to tackle the problem, he said.
Gore acknowledged that there are skeptics and cynics but said an overwhelming consensus of the world's top scientific organizations now recognizes the causes and effects of global warming. It should no longer be a partisan issue, he said.