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Awkward in the White House

The Whitehouse hasn’t seen awkward since President Clinton got down and dirty with the interns.

But, alas, awkward has revisited again. 

 Al Gore was invited by former rival and favorite environmental-ignorer George W. Bush to his Pennsylvania Avenue home, a.k.a., the White House .

 How’s that for a party??

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 It was all part of a recognition party for the Nobel Prize winners.

 CNN had the Oval Office play-by-play: 

“The two men stood next to other, sharing uncomfortable grins for photographers and reporters, who were quickly ushered in and out.

‘Familiar faces,’ the former vice president said of the media. Bush, still smiling, added nothing.”

 

Bush and Gore met for 40-minutes, although Whitehouse spokesmen declined to comment what the meeting was about. Gore, however, disclosed that the entire meeting was devoted to the topic of global warming.  OOoooo.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Gore and Bush saved the planet in one 40-minute session.

So those of you worried about rising sea water taking over your backyard– there’s no need to worry. George booked almost a FULL HOUR in his day-planner to solve the problem!  It’s getting cooler already.

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Global warming: who’s laughing?

Who’s laughing? Well apparently a lot of people.

Not many things, serious or not, get past Leno, Letterman and others. Global warming seems to be no exception to this rule. The fact that global warming is being joked about should be a compliment to activists like Al Gore who try to bring the climate crisis to the national spotlight. Nobody jokes about things that aren’t mainstream, and with global warming being poked-fun-at just about everywhere, it shows just how well-publicized the climate crisis is.

On the other hand, there are a lot more jokes than activism going on. Joking doesn’t help conserve energy, or bring about political reform. To some people, it makes a complete mockery of a serious issue. Jokes alone, aren’t the solution.

TAKE A LOOK, AND LET ME KNOW WHAT DO YOU THINK…  funny OR not?

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“Here’s good news: George W. Bush says that he is committed to fighting global warming. Yeah, well, he nipped that in the bud, didn’t he? … President Bush says he’s really going to buckle down now and fight global warming. As a matter of fact, he announced today he’s sending 20,000 troops to the sun”

–David Letterman

“President Bush told reporters he won’t see Al Gore’s documentary about the threat of global warming. He will not see it. On the other hand, Dick Cheney said he’s seen the global warming film five times, and it still cracks him up.”

–Conan O’Brien

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“According to a survey in this week’s Time magazine, 85% of Americans think global warming is happening. The other 15% work for the White House.”

                     –Jay Leno

 

Leave a comment, let me know: joking about global warming, FUNNY or NOT?

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Donald Trump’s birds

If Donald Trump wants to build a golf course, he will build a golfcourse.

Unless, of course, some birds can stop him.

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The billionaire, who has plans to build the “world’s largest golf course” on a stretch of remote Scottish coastline, is facing a huge environmental setback.  The area is home to some of the country’s rarest birds.

Keeping him from his plans are seven of the country’s most endangered birds on the World Conservation Union’s “Red List.” Skylarks and breeding waders, particularly Lapwings and Redshank are among those in danger.

“Each and every golfcourse I have built has got awards for environmental protection, and I do not think anyone has got as many awards as we have. When we are finished, the course will be better environmentally than before we started.”

-Donald Trump

The golf course, which would also include a luxurious 450-bedroom hotel, 950 vacation homes, 36 golf villas and 500 upscale homes, would create about 800 jobs in its peak season. But not all residents of the area are thrilled. Many of them claim the resort would take away from the beauty of the area.

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Trump is excited for his proposed project because it would not only honor his Scottish heritage, it would honor the sport of golf which originated in Scotland.

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the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

This is NOT a joke.

There is a Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, and they are serious. You want to join? Well,  all they ask is that you don’t produce children.

VHEMT, as they are called, find it morally wrong to produce offspring. Why? Well, because according to them wildlife species are going extinct and 40,000 children die each day. They say the Earth is overpopulated and by one infant (or lack thereof) we can save the world.

Although the movement sounds like a suicide mission (they assure us, it is not), their overall thinking might be headed in the right direction. Overpopulation contributes to everything from traffic to global warming, and it’s causing a lot of problems.

So if your contribution to the environment is to not have children, I say right on!

However, for those of us who dream of the perfect nuclear family, I would suggest atleast driving the kids to soccer practice in a hybrid?

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50-Cent (carbon tax)

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 Okay, so maybe we’re not talking about rap music.

 But 50-cents is all one Congressman wants to curb the greenhouse gas problem.

U.S. Rep John Dingell is calling for a 50-cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline tax. The proposal could generate hundreds of billions of dollars per year. More importantly, it would cause Americans to think twice about large SUVs.

 But that’s not where the plan ends.

Dingell wants a $50 a ton tax on carbon released from burning coal, petroleum or natural gas.  Dingell also proposes a reduction on mortgage interests for smaller houses. This, he says, rewards those that live a lifestyle with less of a carbon footprint.

 And, did I mention Rep John Dingell is from Detroit, aka, the motor city?

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Well, Dingell claims the car industry won’t be completely crushed. He will exempt the tax for diesel, allowing automobile manufacturers to still capitalize on extra-large cars and trucks that would utilize the chepar diesel.

“I’m trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it’s going to have a measure of pain that you’re not going to like.”  -U.S. Rep John Dingell

 The positives?  Economists believe this is the easiest, most efficeint way to cut down on carbon and is much easier than the cap-and-trade system, which could be hard to implement.

And the negative side?  A tax on carbon would effect everything from heating your home in the winter to the cost of your electricity.  Simply put, Rep. Dingell could be a very unpopular man.

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Dingell also says that this is just a proposal and he anxiously waits for feedback on the plan.

(And believe me, he’ll be getting more than feedback on this.)

 

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Gore documentary causes alarm, lawsuit in Britain

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The British government distributed Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to over 3,500 secondary schools in England, but not without controversy.

Steward Dimmock, a school governor, is now sueing the British government.  He says the idea to distribute the An Inconvenient Truth is overtly political and shows bias.

“Given the serious inaccuracies in the film and the misrepresentations it contains, the film is irredeemable.”
-Paul Downes, a lawyer for Dimmock

Dimmock, who has two children in British public schools, aged 11 and 14, claims only half of the Academy Award winning  movie contains “scientific fact,” while the rest, is “pure politics” and “sentimental mush.”  He believes the movie is out to influence rather than inform, and says the British government is taking part in propaganda in public schools.

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 The government argues the movie can be presented by teachers in various ways.   For instance, posing the question “what do you think?” or merely advising them that the movie is just one opinion.

Would showing the movie fly in public schools in America?  Not if it was sanctioned by the government.   According to most, the Bush administration is more likely to censor the movie than sponsor it.

The lawsuit does, however, bring up some great topics for discussion.   Is climate change a political issue?  Afterall, Gore claims it is much more than politics, it is a “moral issue.” And at what rate should school children be subject to climate change predictions?   They are, of course, the generation to make a difference.

Haven’t seen it yet??? Watch the trailer here.

 

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