Carol Platt Liebau: Dead Earth

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Dead Earth

It looks like Al Gore's earth concert wasn't quite as influential as he must have hoped it would be.

In fact, three quarters of Americans paid no attention to it, and only 22% said they had followed coverage of it "somewhat" or "very" closely.

In a sense, the entire affair has been emblematic of Al Gore's career in public service -- a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing, and largely ignored by normal people. Gore can swipe at global warming skeptics all he wants, but until he decides to put on his big boy pants and actually debate the issue with someone of respectable scientific expertise, all the bullying in the world isn't going to convince skeptics (of whom there are many, even in the UK, where all this is more generally accepted than here in the US).

Finally, it's hard to take a concert for the environment (or those promoting it) seriously when the effort to put it on casts a monstrous global footprint and relies on private-jet-setting stars -- but has no concrete mission or goal.

Of course, one might not expect Al Gore to get it. After all, he himself has hardly set the example when it comes to living in a modest, "sustainable" and "earth-friendly" way.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

If human beings would just stop exhaling the CO2, the problem would be solved.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Marci said...

What's worse to me about Al Gore's global warming moonshine and flummadiddle is that he is bringing negative attention to the United States when we are at war. I wish he and Jimmy Carter would find a country they liked and didn't wish to see destroyed and go live there instead of here. They seem hell bent on inciting our enemies against us. Here we are fighting for our lives and they are giving our enemies ammunition.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Not a good day for flat-earthers.....

The stadiums were packed. The largest broadcast event of all time. According to Reuters, the concerts doubled internet streams of "Live 8 Global Concerts", setting a new record. Meaning that over the next 6 weeks there will be at least 200 million streams. It is estimated that over 2 billion people will watch the concerts. Just one day after the event over five hundred videos are posted on You Tube. MSN has all the performances posted on their website.

Additionally, Gore's film has largest viewership of all documentaries and it won Academy award for best documentary. His latest book is #3 on NYT best sellers list.

12:27 AM  

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