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Live Earth: a free political ad for Gore?

This weekend, there will be 8 Live Earth concerts across 7 continents. The tagline for the event is "Concerts for a Climate in Crisis." The goal is to raise awareness of the realities of global warming, raise money, and get people to take individual and collective action. Sounds pretty non partisan, right? Especially because it's taking place around the world, and not just in the United States.

Not so, according to Fox's John Gibson. According to him it's "unequal time of just one side of a controversial issue." To beef up his contention, he has a drone from an organization called the "Media Research Center" named Clay Waters on his show with him. The Media Research Center is a right wing group that somehow obtained non-profit status, even though their only goal is to expose "liberal" media coverage. Over the course of the conversation, they wonder "does anybody think the Live Earth concerts are not a political statement by Gore's supporters that will end up benefiting Al Gore?" and speculate that it "could be the largest in kind contribution in American political history."

I'll be the first to say that if Al Gore runs for president, the Live Earth concerts might help him a bit. But is it free political advertising? Only in the minds of neanderthals like Gibson and Waters who still think global warming is "controversial" and scientifically debatable. Of course, that's not true. Only a few scientists, unworthy of the name, argue that global warming isn't happening and/or not caused by man. Is it a political issue? Sure it is. But only because most Republican legislators still believe it's not real, and fight any attempts to address the issue. They forget that addressing global warming doesn't just benefit Democrats, liberals, and their children. John Gibson's children will benefit, too. So will Clay Waters'.

Raw Story has the video.



Fox is accusing somebody else of giving unequal time to a specific set of viewpoints - talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

John Gibson should be shot.

Of course, these two aren't alone. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) fought to block the concert altogether.

And why did he block it, Derek? Could it be because the tradition is to have non-partisan events on the mall?

And Mike2, who are we kidding about the non-profit status?

Media Matters and the Center for American Progress are both groups that push a liberal agenda as it applies to the media. The former has tons of clips of conservative "blunders". They were both granted non-profit status.

Live Earth isn't a partisan event either. Republicans are the only people who seem to think global warming is a partisan issue.

If one group of people think one way and another group of people think another, then I think we may have reached the definition of partisan.

Beyond that, while the issue of global warming doesn't necessarily have to be a partisan event, this group is certainly partisan. Gore's Live Earth pledge is a very political message and one that is neither reasonable nor pro-business. Can't imagine why more conservatives are on board.

Merriam-Webster defines "partisan" as: 1 : a firm adherent to a party , faction, cause, or person; especially : one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance

People who believe in global warming and that something can and should be done about it are not "partisan" even if they are political. I suppose those republicans and [very few] conservatives who believe in global warming are Democratic operatives too.

As for the Live Earth pledge not being reasonable nor pro-business, please tell me you're kidding. Here is the Live Earth Pledge:

1. I will change four light bulbs to CFLs at my home.

2. I will ride public transit or carpool one or more times per week.

3. I will shop for the most energy efficient electronics and appliances.

4. I will forward a Live Earth email message to 5 friends.

5. I will shut off my equipment and lights whenever I'm not using them.

How DARE they!!!!

No I was more talking about the pledge that Al mentioned at the DC Live Earth Concert I attended (#1 most of all):


1. To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;

2. To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”

3. To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;

4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;

5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;

6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,

7. To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.

As for conservatives (and thank you for rightly separating that group from Republicans), it's not "very few" that believe in global warming. It's a fair amount. For many, its a question of "can you prove that humans are causing this warming" and/or "how can this be predicted accurately the weather guy can't predict the weather a week in advance.

As for partisan, those advancing the global warming frenzy (not necessarily the normal Joe who buys new light bulbs and recycles is definitely partisan. And if you don't think so you're kidding yourself. Al Gore has declared that "the debate in the scientific community is over" a fact that is far from true. (http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110008597)

"For many, its a question of "can you prove that humans are causing this warming" and/or "how can this be predicted accurately the weather guy can't predict the weather a week in advance."

I can prove it as far as cause and effect have been proven. Yes, I agree that the earth has natural cooling and warming cycles. I also believe that we can exacerbate the effects of those cycles by adding literally TONS of metals into the air. You don't think that has any effect on the environment? I think that's nuts.

When I think of what could happen as a result of a major climate shift on this planet, I think it's worthy of a frenzy. That said, I WISH people would go into a frenzy and change their behavior. But we need Yukon XLTs and McMansions, don't we.

"how can this be predicted accurately the weather guy can't predict the weather a week in advance."

You're confusing "weather" for "climate." The weather can and does change dramatically from day to day. Climate is a pattern developed over years, decades, centuries. Just as you can look back at the patter the Dow Jones has set over years and get an accurate account of the health of the economy but you can't predict what tomorrow's index will be.

Tell me that if you saw the Dow slipping in a steady pattern over several months (with occasional spikes) that wouldn't tell you something.

Oh, and I have to take any citation from the WSJ opinion page with a massive grain of salt.

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