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Old 02-23-2014, 04:19 PM  
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Al Gore brings climate change message to Kansas City

Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view.

Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.

To those attending the Folk Alliance International conference, he noted examples of flooding in locations both remote and closer to home, such as in Manitou Springs, Colo., where high water barreled down mountain highways last year, carrying cars along with it.

“They had never seen anything like this in Manitou Springs,” Gore said.

He cited the possibility of how flooding in Pakistan could destabilize that country, a nuclear power, and the possible effect that continuing drought in California might have on the world’s food supply.

“Think about that,” he said. “The Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act.”

Gore presented animation from his 2006 film depicting water pushing into the streets of lower Manhattan — much mocked at the time, Gore said — followed by images of water filling New York City subway tunnels during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Gore conceded the possible fatigue some may have with his warnings, as well as the possible sense of powerlessness as to what any one individual can do to affect what appear to be vast, unchangeable trends.

“Do we really have to do this and — if the answer is yes — can we do it?” Gore said, repeating two questions he routinely hears.

“The answer to both of those questions — spoiler alert — is ‘yes.’ ”

Gore cited what he considered the increasing momentum with which renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power have been embraced.

Just as one telephone company study 25 years ago underestimated the huge increase in the use of cellphones, estimates on the acceptance of wind and solar technology also have been conservative, Gore said.

Among the countries or states turning to renewable energy strategies, Gore mentioned the Vatican’s increasing use of solar technology. Vatican City, Gore said, wants to be the first CO2-neutral sovereign city-state in the world.

“They have two advantages,” Gore said. “It is very small, and they have God on their side.”

He urged his listeners to act on an individual basis.

“The one missing ingredient may well be you, no kidding,” he said.

And, given how he was addressing a room filled with folk music admirers, Gore framed his remarks with references to two singers: Bob Dylan and the late Pete Seeger. Reciting a phrase from “The Times They Are a-Changin’ ” and later invoking Seeger’s memory, Gore urged those in attendance to write songs and spread a renewable energy message “all over this land.”

Folk music, he added, “played a positive role in resolving the central question in civil rights, as to what was truly right and truly wrong.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/22...#storylink=cpy
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:30 PM   #31
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:32 PM   #32
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Predictions can't honestly be made. Not accurately. We know what is/will happen, how it will likely play out, but not specific events. We can't even tell which current weather events are definitively the result of global warming. We can see global trends and inconsistencies, and attribute then to the phenomena. That's why it's being studied, we want and need to know more.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:35 PM   #33
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:35 PM   #34
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Predictions can't honestly be made. Not accurately. We know what is/will happen, how it will likely play out, but not specific events. We can't even tell which current weather events are definitively the result of global warming. We can see global trends and inconsistencies, and attribute then to the phenomena. That's why it's being studied, we want and need to know more.
Apparently you have missed the meme...all the storms or lack thereof are a result of global warming. That is the tune that has been sung for the last several years now.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:37 PM   #35
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Predictions can't honestly be made. Not accurately. We know what is/will happen.
Forgive me, but is the second part not a prediction?
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:47 PM   #36
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Predictions can't honestly be made. Not accurately. We know what is/will happen, how it will likely play out, but not specific events. We can't even tell which current weather events are definitively the result of global warming. We can see global trends and inconsistencies, and attribute then to the phenomena. That's why it's being studied, we want and need to know more.
You do get that Al Gore doesn't want to 'know more.' He wants us to change our energy consumption, which, due to the immutable laws of physics, dictates that everyone pay more for the energy they consume and that everyone consume less of it.

Possibly the most comprehensive and regressive burden on our society ever levied.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:51 PM   #37
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Predictions can't honestly be made. Not accurately. We know what is/will happen, how it will likely play out, but not specific events. We can't even tell which current weather events are definitively the result of global warming. We can see global trends and inconsistencies, and attribute then to the phenomena. That's why it's being studied, we want and need to know more.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #38
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Did he announce the new EPA guidelines that will ban burning wood for heat?
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #39
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I am actually starting to believe that the people who claim that global warming/climate change is actually akin to religion may be right. I suppose the science geek in me didn't want to believe it, but every time I see "denial," it makes my skin crawl now.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:58 PM   #40
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:59 PM   #41
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:00 PM   #42
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:23 PM   #43
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What caused the first Dust bowl? And did Man's actions cause it to end?
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:23 PM   #44
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Of course climate change is real. The question is how much, if at all, man contributes to it.
I think the questions are:

How much, if at all, man contributes to it.

How dire the consequences of the current rates of change will be, and on what time scale.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:24 PM   #45
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