Former vice president Al Gore warned Congress today of a "true planetary emergency" if it fails to act on global warming. He advised lawmakers to ban any new coal-burning power plants that lack state-of-the-art polution controls (such as those proposed for western Kansas) as part of an effort to cut carbon dioxide and other warming gases 90 percent by 2050, Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, critics have stepped up efforts to undermine Gore’s claims and credibility. Columnist John Fund of the Wall Street Journal noted that some scientists have said that Gore is hyping some climate-change predictions (though experts overwhelmingly agree with his concern about global warming). And in addition to the recent criticism about how much energy Gore’s house uses, the Tennessean newspaper reported that Gore has earned royalties from zinc mining on his property, though it said that "there is no evidence the mine has caused serious damage to the environment in the area or threatened the health of his neighbors."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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