Update I: Gore refused to sign an energy ethics pledge (which you can read here -scroll) proposed by noted gw critic Senator James Inhofe:
I dig that guy
Related to Inhofe, he and Senator Babs Boxer squared off today over Gore’s testifying before the committee – and CNN cheered – for Boxer. Michelle Malkin has the details.
Here’s CNN’s Political Ticker report on the Boxer/Inhofe square off.
This, though, I must say, was the best part about what I heard happened while Gore graced Capitol Hill with his presence:
PRAGUE â€“ Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Wednesday that fighting global warming has turned into a ‘religion’ that replaced the ideology of communism and threatens to clip basic freedoms.
The right-wing president, a free-market champion, wrote to the U.S. Congress that adopting tough environmental policies to fight climate change would have destructive impact on national economies.
‘Communism has been replaced by the threat of an ambitious environmentalism,’ Klaus wrote in response to questions from the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The U.S. House Subcommittee for Energy and Air Quality was due to hold a hearing on climate on Wednesday with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, who sees global warming as a key challenge, and Danish sceptic Bjorn Lomborg, who says governments should focus on fight disease and hunger instead.
Gore, who won an Oscar for ‘best documentary’ for his ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ movie on climate change, has led a global warming awareness drive in the United States, the world’s largest source of gases believed to cause it.
Klaus, who does not hold many executive powers but is by far the most popular politician in the ex-communist Czech Republic, has taken a decisively opposite stance on the issue.
Klaus said poor nations would also be hurt by efforts to impose limits and standards on emissions of gases believed to cause global warming.
‘They will not be able to absorb new technological standards required by the anti-greenhouse religion, their products will have difficulty accessing the developed markets, and as a result the gap between them and the developed world will widen,’ he wrote.
‘This ideology preaches earth and nature and under the slogans of their protection â€“ similarly to the old Marxists â€“ wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central, now global, planning of the whole world,’ he added.
‘Nuff said. (Hat tip: Don Surber)
Update II: Anne Schroeder notes even more gushing-over-Gore:
On the Senate side of Gore’s testifying today on the Hill, Senator Amy Klobuchar said: “It is not often that we have a visitor in this committee that is an Academy Award winner. More often than not, we have distinguished recipients of awards from organizations such as the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers, but not an award as glamorous as yours. So needless to say, we are honored to have you here today.”
LOL. It’s a wonder that Gore was even able to get from one room to the other today as his ego swelling to the size of Mt. St. Helens would have made it very difficult to get through the door frames.