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article imageGore compares climate change fight to war against Nazis

By Michael Krebs     Jul 7, 2009 in Politics
In an attempt to inspire the world's political leaders to act, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore compares the struggle for consensus on climate change to that of battling Nazi Germany.
Winston Churchill is likely growling in his grave. The existential struggle Mr. Churchill endured against the visible and tangible atrocities of Nazi Germany and the havoc that World War II represented to Britain and to the allies in general has now been compared by a former U.S. vice president to the invisible wisps and - dare one say - murky science behind fossil fuel's absolute attachment to global warming.
"The former US Vice-President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change," reported The Times. "He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions."
Gore is clearly concerned that the cap and trade bill working its way to the U.S. Senate will not pass - and he is concerned enough to attach the issue to Nazi Germany in an effort to gain maximum attention.
“We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource,” Gore said, speaking at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford.
“The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshold where political leaders feel that they must change," he added. “The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it’s a necessity.”
The climate change bill circulating in the U.S. Congress barely passed the House, and many people who wish to see it pass the Senate are growing concerned that it will not do so.
“There is a long distance in government between saying what you think needs to be said and then doing in terms of making budgets available,” said Gore.
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