Gore accused of violating Environment & Public Works Committee’s hearing rules

Gore’s appearing on Capitol Hill today to lend his ‘expertise’ on the global warming issue (I erred earlier in the week when I said he was testifying on Monday) and it looks like Special Al, who was already given special treatment by the EPW Committee, has violated their trust by violating one of their rules:

Gore first demanded to be granted an unprecedented 30 minute opening statement to the Senate EPW Committee for Wednesday’s (March 21) global warming hearing scheduled for 2:30 pm ET.
(See “FULL COMMITTEE: Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming” )

The GOP minority on the EPW committee agreed to the 30 minute opening statement.

But then Gore demanded a waiver of the EPW committee’s 48 hour rule that requires all witnesses before EPW to submit their testimony in advance. The GOP minority on the EPW committee then agreed to waive the 48 hour rule in favor of allowing Gore to submit his testimony 24 hours before the hearing.

But in a breaking news development on Capitol Hill — the former Vice President has violated the new 24 hour deadline extension by failing to submit his testimony – even with the new time extension granted to Gore.

As of 8pm ET Tuesday evening, the testimony still has not been received by EPW, a clear violation of committee rules.

The word on Capitol Hill says not to expect Gore’s testimony to the Senate EPW committee until Wednesday (March 21) — the day of the hearing.

It appears that Gore does not believe the same rules apply to him that apply to every other Senate EPW witness.

The question looms on Capitol Hill: Is Gore delaying the submission of his testimony until the very last moment because he fears it will give members of the EPW committee time to scrutinize it for accuracy?

Stay tuned…

Maybe in order to further accomodate Mr. Oscar-winner, they can provide him with two chairs to sit in. The other one will be for his gigantic ego, which has proved to be much more of a pressing issue than ‘global warming.’

Al Gore Photograph by Jeff Riedel/EW
He’s gonna make you see,
there’s nobody else there, no one like G.
He’s speshul. So speshul.

Update I: Allah let’s you know what to expect this morning from the Goracle and points out the Gore was/is late for his appearance. You can watch Gore today on CSPAN 3.

Bonus: Bryan Preston blogs about the possibility that the sun (gasp!) might be the reason for the climate change.

Update II: Some of Powerline’s readers have been liveblogging the Goracle today. You can check out the running commentary here.

Update III: I was just listening to a bit of Rush during my lunch hour and he played a clip of someone on this morning’s committee actually calling Gore a prophet (sound familiar?). He also played another clip of Gore tearing up when talking about what future generations of suffering children would be saying about us and why we ‘did nothing’ about gw. Gag!

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