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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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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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Even the Snowmen are asking.

 I spent the summer interning for Fox News in Boston. I was well-respected there and was given an amazing amount of responsibility and opportunities.  On one evening, I  was sent to interview Senator John McCain one-on-one. The interview was just after the Democratic YouTubedebate, and on the heels of the Republicans turn.

Many thought the YouTubeness made a mockery of the political process. So I decided to ask the presidential hopeful about it. How did McCain respond?

His face got red, he got serious, and he told me his disgust for the infamous “Snowman” and its ridiculousness.

 Whether it’s a snowman or a real person asking the questions, somebody has to.

Global Warming isn’t a challenge for the next presidential candidate. It’s an opportunity to do what’s right. It’s one of the hottest (no pun intended) topics of the 2008 elections. 

CLICK ON THE CANDIDATES BELOW to hear what they think.

The best way to figure out what your candidate wants for the environment might be to check out the League for Conservation Voters: The Heat is On website.

Who do you like???      Leave a comment.

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