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article imageAl Gore: Media scared to death to use the word 'climate'

By Karen Graham     Oct 9, 2013 in Environment
During an interview with James Bennett of the The Atlantic Cities magazine on Monday night, Al Gore, continued to champion global warming, and at the same time, condemned news media coverage on climate change, calling it "pathetic."
Al Gore, author of "An Inconvenient Truth," published seven years ago, brought his crusade to New York City Monday night, with a message for the planet, pointing out "climate change remains the most important issue the cities of the world can invest in."
Gore made his comments during an interview with Atlantic Cities magazine Editor-in-Chief, James Bennett. The interview was part of the "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges," summit held October 6-8 in New York City. The summit was hosted by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The event brought together 300 global city leaders, mayors, architects, city planners, urban theorists and artists for a gathering that turned into group conversations on the latest urban ideas at the center of shaping the metro-world. Economic development, transportation, the environment, sustainability, public safety and the deterioration of the urban infrastructure were but a few of the topics discussed.
Gore painted a frightening picture of our world in the not-so-distant future, with rising ocean temperatures, rising sea levels and increasingly more violent hurricanes and wind storms. “The cumulative amount of man-made global warming pollution is trapping enough extra heat each day to equal the amount of heat energy that would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima bombs going off every single day. That’s a lot of energy,” he said.
In the shaky political climate we as a country are experiencing today, climate change and global warming legislation has been put on a prolonged hold. President Obama, in keeping with a pledge made in his State of the Union address in January took action against global warming in September. The Environmental Protection Agency releasing the first of four major regulatory steps as part of a package of regulations that will limit the carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.
The administrations draft regulation almost immediately was faced with opposition, legal, legislative and political. The GOP looks on the stricter emission standards as a "declaration of war," and with the chilly atmosphere already freezing relations on Capital Hill, it doesn't appear that any further action will be taken in the near future.
Gore pointed out that the political issues surrounding climate change in Washington are also affecting global efforts to address global warming. “The dysfunction and paralysis of our government now radiates paralysis and dysfunction into the global system," he said. "The negotiating process has produced these zombies, neither alive nor dead: Kyoto, global trade agreements, and right down the list.”
While Gore said he was optimistic about the public's perception on climate change, he had very strong words when when describing the doubters and deniers, likening them to "gay bashers," and racists from the 1960's. But Gore had been saving his harshest words for the media. Besides saying the news media "is largely scared to death to say the word ‘climate."
Gore compared the news media's response to a family with a drunken father who flies into a rage when a problem is mentioned. The family learns to keep everything and everybody calm by not talking about it. This is what the news media has done, and like the family with the ranting drunk for a father, they stopped talking about climate change, and it disappeared.
When it comes to solutions, Gore had an answer there, too. Create a carbon tax for companies, and publicly shame those that would continue to deny what is right in front of their eyes.
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