Al Gore back in congress…urges quick action.

Gore Urges Fast Action on Global Warming
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Pic (AFP/Mannie Garcia) 

From linked article:

“There is a sense of hope in this country that this United States Congress will rise to the occasion and present meaningful solutions to this crisis,” he said. “Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.”

Gore favors a “cap-and-trade” program for the U.S. economy, not just specific sectors such as electricity or manufacturing, which would set an overall limit on warming emissions but allow industry to meet the target by trading pollution allowances.

From same article:

But several Republicans sharply questioned Gore’s recommendations.

“A lot of those recommendations are more regulations and more taxation,” said former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., though he added that he agrees with Gore that the scientific debate on climate change is over. “I think we can find answers to use the coal energy, to use the natural gas we have.”

But not everyone was such a pessimist. Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Committe of the Environmental Public Works, had some positive things to say about Mr. Gore in her opening statement of Mr. Gore’s hearing.

Vice President Gore, you have not waited, you have acted on your own behalf and you, more than anyone else, have shown us the true danger that global warming poses for the future of our planet.

But you have done much more than that.  Because you have also looked at solutions and given us hope and reason to be optimistic.

Read her entire opening statements, here.

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