Gore compares global warming cause to civil rights movement

April 17, 2011

By Ben Geman, The Hill

Al Gore told young green energy advocates Friday that progress on global warming must come from a strong grassroots movement that can counter the oil and coal lobbies, which he alleged have “paralyzed” governments.

Gore – who compared action on global warming to the Civil Rights movement – was the keynote speaker at Power Shift 2011, a Washington, D.C. conference attended largely by college students.

“It’s true that governments by and large have been politically paralyzed because the energy companies, the coal companies, the oil companies, the coal-burning utilities, they have spent enormous amounts of money and they have succeeded in many countries in paralyzing the political process,” the former vice president said.

“There are four anti-climate lobbyists on Capitol Hill in this city for every single member of the House and every single member of the Senate,” Gore said Friday night at the opening of the April 15-18 conference.

“What is the answer for this?” Gore asked. “It has to come from you. It has to come at the grassroots level. It has to come from young people, and I believe that you are up to it and that you can do it.”

He lauded the work of the young advocates but said they need to build a more powerful political movement, which is largely the aim of the conference, which includes scores of workshops and training events.

To read more, visit:  http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/156445-al-gore-to-youth-battle-industry-lobbyists-to-turn-the-tide-on-climate

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • 2nd Supporter says:

    Gore has become largely (no pun intended!) marginalized lately. He says these innane things just to get attention… but take a closer look at the groups that were represented at that “Power Shift 2011” conference… marxist, facist, progressive orgs that want to deny our rights and tear up the Constitution.

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