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Gore: Changes Will Stimulate Economy, Create Jobs

gore_poznan.jpgIn what turned out to be the largest side event of the two-week climate change conference in Poland, hundreds from around the world jammed into the general assembly hall to hear from Former Vice President Al Gore.

Gore, who visited President-elect Barack Obama on his way to Poznan, urged early action now.

“Once the process of change begins, the task often becomes easier in the doing,” he said. “It does stimulate the economy; it does create jobs.”

Gore cited Obama’s November 18 statement to climate change leaders in Los Angeles, when Obama said:

“Once I take office, you can be sure that the United States will once again engage vigorously in these negotiations and help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change. Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high. The consequences, too serious.”

Gore said not to “discount these words” and called for more action from heads of state around the world, not just next December in Copenhagen but by meeting several times throughout 2009. Gore also singled out the U.S. media’s lack of focus on climate change.

“We have to overcome the paralysis … rather than spending so much time on O.J. Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Nicole Simpson,” he said.

Gore cited Ghandi’s term, “Satyagraha,” which means “truth force,” or a relentless search for the truth.

“The reason you have been able to move forward is because you understand the truth,” said Gore. “This is not a political issue but of course a moral issue and a spiritual issue. This one affects the survival of human civilization. We have to bring together that truth force. … Our children have a right to hold us to a high standard.”

In packed dining rooms following the Gore speech, attendees credited Gore with changing the mood of the conference. One World Bank employee from Washington, D.C. said her boss cried following the speech.

“To those who are fearful that it’s too difficult, I say it can be done and it must be done. Don’t take the pressure off!” said Gore. “Even though I don’t have the opportunity to speak formally for my country, I can tell you what I’ve heard all across America this year: ‘Yes We Can.'”

In another development, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is considering organizing a summit on climate change during the next U.N. General Assembly session in New York in September 2009.

Kevin Tuerff, CEO, Green Canary Sustainability Consulting, is reporting for Environmental Leader from Poznan, Poland.  

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2 thoughts on “Gore: Changes Will Stimulate Economy, Create Jobs

  1. He’s right, Cap&Trade will stimulate job growth through increased consumerism. Cap&Trade reduces the feelings of guilt people have about damaging the environment through excessive consumption. Once the C&T scheme is in place, these feelings of guilt are removed and consumers spend like crazy. This is what Gore refers to when he says C&T will stimulate the economy. Environmentalists are in for a big surprise they discover Cap&Trade increases consumer spending and even more damage to the envirnnment. That’s why I say Al Gore is the devil.

  2. Al Gore has really stepped in it this time. He could have spent the rest of his global warming career collecting money by spreading fear over events that were a centure or at least half century in the future. Oh, but that wasn’t good enough for Big Al. He’s now told the biggest global warming whopper of his alarmist career:

    AL GORE HAS GUARANTEED THAT THE NORTHERN POLAR ICE CAP WILL BE COMPLETELY GONE IN FIVE YEARS!!!

    When I heard this I assumed it was a rumor started by skeptics to make Gore look bad. It wasn’t until I viewed the video that I realized what Gore had done. Gore has started a five year credibility countdown timer ticking and it’s up to all of us to make sure that he is held accountable and proven to be a fraud when his dire prediction aimed at drumming up support doesn’t come close to comming true.

    The mainstream media isn’t going to let this video see the light of day because they, unlike Al, understand the precarious position in which he has placed himself.

    It is therefore up to us to spread the word about Big Al’s prediction. He must be exposed for the fearmongering opportunist that he has become.

    To view the video, please visit the following site and click on the picture of Big Al holding up five fingers.

    http://www.hootervillegazette.com

    While visiting this site, you might want to watch a preview of the film “Not Evil, Just wrong” or watch “The Great Global Warming Swindle” which is found in the video section. Happy Viewing!!!

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