All Gore, All Day
by susan -- sort of.
Loved what Barb has to say about Dems missing in action when it comes to defending their own. So I thought I'd post my in-house Dem's defense of Al, published as a LTE today in the Star Tribune.
by Jim Lenfestey
One thing former Vice President Al Gore is definitely not good at is defending himself, so let me do so in the context of Katherine Kersten's Feb. 26 column mocking the University of Minnesota for considering him for an honorary degree. Read on.
First, Gore never said he created the Internet, but that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet," a statement supported by key scientists who invented the technology, who remember Gore's visionary public and legislative support. Kersten should put this canard away once and for all.
Second, on climate change, Gore did get a few facts wrong in his documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," but Kersten and others are dishonest to point this out without noting that he consistently gets the big picture right, supported by the latest international scientific assessment released this month. Even the dramatic sea-level rise Gore fears and Kersten mocks seems to be where the evidence is trending, according to the latest findings of arctic scientists.
Finally, Kersten correctly notes that Congress voted overwhelmingly not to consider the Kyoto Protocol on climate change that Gore brokered, a political failure Gore has recognized and worked on worldwide ever since.
What Kersten doesn't understand is the role of coal and oil politics. The anti-treaty resolution she cites was introduced by Sen. Robert Byrd, from West Virginia, a coal state. Coal and oil companies and states recognized they had a lot to lose if voters became aware of the implications of climate change, and some funded a stealth public relations campaign to plant doubt in the public's mind.
Obviously they succeeded in manipulating Kersten; fortunately for the rest of us, not Gore.
One final question -- when did it become conservative to deny scientific facts and trends? That Al Gore has helped citizens around the world understand the science and implications of climate change should be honored across the political spectrum, as well as with a university honorary degree and an Oscar, and maybe a Nobel Prize.
JAMES P. LENFESTEY, MINNEAPOLIS