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Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient’ concert

February 9, 2007

The Financial Times reports today that Al Gore is planning the “Live8” of global-climate-change-awareness concerts for July 7th. It will be a worldwide event with venues in London, Washington DC, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Kyoto.

Gore warms the earthAnd the former vice-prez is announcing the star-studded lineup tomorrow in London, promising a lineup bigger than Live8 because “the issue is bigger” than Live8’s global poverty push.

With supporters of global climate change (ie. global warming’s new, hotter re-packaging) now comparing doubters and skeptics to Holocaust deniers, this politically charged battle is getting more and more ugly by the day.

Scientists on both sides continue to fight it out, while politicians in power seek to punish the scientists that don’t go along with the popular view that man must be destroying the planet, and that destruction is irreversible and near at hand.

And the whole argument changes from decade to decade … remember we were worried about global cooling in the late 1970s?:

In fact, as Inhofe pointed out, for more than 100 years journalists have quoted scientists predicting the destruction of civilization by, in alternation, either runaway heat or a new Ice Age.

So, instead of presenting practical ways we can help the environment and try to curb man’s damage, Al Gore is deciding to throw a 7-city blowout concert, which could:

  • Cause mass congestion in the host cities, burning hundreds of thousands of gallons of auto fuel as cars idle and as concertgoers try to get to the concerts. This will also create more smog and pollution in those cities.
  • Burn hundreds of thousands of gallons of jet fuel and limo fuel to fly/drive your celebrities to and from the sites.
  • Use hundreds of thousands of megawatts of power to broadcast the show simultaneously from all sites, burning tons more fossil fuels from the cities’ power plants.
  • See thousands of shrimp fished from the sea and flown to the sites as celebrity appetizers, further overfishing the fragile ocean ecosystem.
  • See merchandise sellers kill thousands of trees to product overpriced “collectors” programs of the event, furthering deforestation. And think of all the oil by-products needed to create the souvenir t-shirts!!

So tomorrow, as I shiver my way to work in the record cold and worry about the approaching blizzard heading this way, I’ll remember that Al Gore says we’re going through global warming. Well, maybe we should hurry it up a little. Brrrrrr…

Another chilling thought: What if Al Gore announces his run for President in 2008 at this concert? Coming off of an expected Oscar win for best documentary for “Inconvenient Truth”, and seen shoulder-to-shoulder with top celebrities and in front of screaming fans cheering his Powerpoint presentation at this concert, why not give it another go and rally the eager youth?

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14 Comments
  1. Seth permalink
    February 10, 2007 1:28 am

    Hi,
    Your article presents an excellent argument for the need to conserve our resources in the face of global warming. Yes there are scientists who have decades of data that prove that mankind’s production of greenhouse gasses is heating up the planet. You are exactly right that burning thousands of gallons of gas waiting in traffic is horrible for the environment. It does, as you implied, cause further global warming. If you need more information on this, there is great documentary released by Al Gore that takes your prescient points about global warming and places them in a large, more historical context. Email me back if you need more information on this oscar nominated documentary. Thanks!, and keep informing your readers (wether you intended to or not) on the serious issue of global warming. dumbass.

  2. February 10, 2007 2:15 pm

    Thanks Seth for reading…

    So you have no problem with the guy who did that “excellent” documentary flying in the face of his recommendations and burn millions of gallons of fuel and tons of fossil fuels to create the energy to hold his worldwide concert, just to make more people AWARE of global warming? I guess that explains his own use of fuel-wasting private jets to fly to all of his high-priced speaking engagements?

    And if we are all doomed to die in this global warming doomsday that Gore predicts, why don’t we stop paying for endless studies on climate and start funneling money to industry to help develop technology the world will need to survive in the 10-degree increase in temperature? That is, if the most recent UN report was right and it’s irreversible damage…

  3. shazzam permalink
    February 15, 2007 7:30 pm

    it seems that the author of this article has never attended a rock concert? if so, guess what? it produced greenhouse emissions! like everything else we all do! and on the rare occasions that some C02 is released, for the purpose of raising awareness and demanding systemic change, its suddenly a problem. before you can do something about it, people have to get the message. then they have to demand action from their leaders ie. give them permission to spend their money to address it. before pointing the finger at Gore, why not take elite athletes, celebrities etc to task for their jetsetting which isn’t being driven by the greater good? furthermore, might be an idea to check to see whether the emissions from this event will be ‘offset’ – i doubt Gore would be foolish enough to expose himself to this accusation from people bent on bleating about his actions instead of connecting to the bigger picture

  4. Tracy permalink
    February 16, 2007 12:04 am

    A couple of articles i read mentioned that the concerts would set a new standard in green, and when i finally found liveearth.org i found this:

    LIVE EARTH – GREEN EVENT STANDARD
    In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Commission, SOS – The Campaign for a Climate Crisis will implement a new Green Event Standard with Live Earth that we hope will become the model for carbon neutral concerts and other live entertainment events in the future, as well as anticipate the opportunity to develop this standard into a LEED-approved certification process for entertainment venues.

    John Picard, the award-winning sustainability expert and former member of President Clinton’s Green White House task force, is leading the SOS team of sustainability expert. By embedding a team of world-class sustainability experts within the production staff, waste streams will be designed out prior to its negative environmental impact. From power generation at the concerts to garbage generated by concert goers, Live Earth will bestow an eco-friendly legacy on the live entertainment industry.

    Among the steps being taken are:

    All electricity that powers the shows will be from renewable sources, either through utility supplied renewable energy, biodiesel generators, or renewable energy credits
    Concessionaires will be encouraged to use and directed to suppliers of agricultural / biodegradable plastics (i.e. made from corn). Also, concessionaire waste will be minimized through a comprehensive recycling system organized at the venue.
    Venue offices, walkways, etc will be retrofitted with compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, where possible.
    The entire production design will follow sustainable light design principles. Production lighting will include the use of LED light bulbs and production/artist trailers will be incorporate low impact technology in areas such as air conditioning units.
    SOS staff and artist air travel will be offset through carbon credits.
    Ground travel will be hybrid or other clean fuel where possible.
    Hotels will be directed to change light bulbs to CFLs, use nontoxic cleaning products, and have recycling containers present in the rooms.

  5. February 16, 2007 7:11 am

    Of course I’ve been to plenty of concerts…and I see how much pollution and trash they create. This whole deal will just be a big fundraiser for Al Gore and his pet causes.
    And Tracy, thanks for the info on the concert. Where can I go get “carbon credits?” And I’m sure these hotels will look at Al’s demands and laugh. They might change things in one or two rooms where Gore might stay, but the roadies will have to deal with the incandescent bulbs. They won’t mind. And I have yet to see a hybrid limo…

  6. PMRC Victim permalink
    February 16, 2007 3:19 pm

    Remember Al Gores last crusade? It was about twenty years ago when he tried to abolish the “source” of teenage pregnancy, suicide, violence, murder, rape and drugs. Yes, Gore tried protecting us from “dirty rock music”.

    The greatest threat that these live earth concert musicians ever faced was from Gore, not from global warming. How ironic that they are kissing the hand that tried to silence them.

    And once again, this concert is another display of Gores hypocrisy. How dare he call it a green and carbon neutral concert! Millions of watts of energy and tons of resources will be exhausted for this concert. It doesn’t matter if part of it will be green. Concert = footprint. No concert = no added footprint.

    This concert is being compared to live aid. Back then they wanted your money to buy grains like corn to feed the worlds hungry. This concert wants your money to use that grain to power their soundsystem. How much of our food supply will be converted for music when it could have been fed to the hungry? Once again, ironic that some of the live aid players are involved.

    If Gore and these musicians wanted to make a statement with a minimum impact, they had other options. One being having each band make a new song regarding the environment, package those songs into an digital album, and have it available on itunes for $5. Imagine 50 songs from 50 acts for $5. But these days musicians prefer to make a statement on television in front of a crowd instead of with a song….

  7. February 16, 2007 6:28 pm

    Amen, PMRC!
    I completely forgot about Al Gore’s crusade (more Tipper’s) against bad lyrics.
    You have to remember….global warming is “fashionable” right now, just like global cooling was in the 70s. Give it 10 more years, and we’ll be on “global water impurity” or something.

  8. February 16, 2007 10:42 pm

    Corey — actually, Gore uses Keynote on a Mac, not Powerpoint.

    This correction has been brought to you by pedantry. Have a nice day. 🙂

    Nice blog.

  9. February 17, 2007 5:24 am

    The concerts will be an amazing collection of talent and will be hugely influential in bringing about change. I imagine you won’t be watching or listening on the TV, net, DVD, wireless. Good luck hiding away. I’d love to have your ticket. Global warming isn’t “fashionable” – it’s fact.

  10. February 17, 2007 3:31 pm

    i just dont like that he said the issue is bigger than poverty. Odd judgment to make. I’m still on his side though.

  11. Bob Brandon permalink
    February 27, 2007 6:41 pm

    Ha Haaaaa , Bunch of losers actually believe all this crap. Al Gore is wrong. For Crist sake get a figgen job and do something with your lives.

  12. John Borowski permalink
    March 6, 2007 5:17 pm

    autos, mostly commuters, are the problem. Brown air over most cities. Solution: tax rationing, a $5/gal fuel tax for purchases of over 10 gal/month.

  13. Lila permalink
    May 5, 2007 8:40 pm

    Do yourself a favor and read NOVA’s Frontline interview with Dr. Fred S. Singer, atmospheric physicist at George Mason University and founder of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, or any of the other “real” scientists before making up your mind of this subject. We are years away from knowing exactly how to measure what our impact on the planet is … why should we fix a problem we cannot even prove is happening? But it does make a nice bookend to Gore’s 1970’s “Global Winter”. Politics, politics, all is politics.

  14. Jaimee permalink
    July 7, 2007 11:37 am

    Funny.

    Yesterday I was sorting through some old CD’s and I came across one from Belinda Carlisle (Runaway Horses). On the back cover there are 2 “causes” listed, one PETA. Interestingly enough, the 2nd “cause” from a group, Earth Communications Office – anyone remember them? – lists 7 bullet points on how to save the environment. They end with this quote: “We Only Have 10 Years To Save Our Planet It Starts With You and It’s Easy”

    Anyone venture to guess when this album was released???!!!! :o)

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