Former Vice President Gore talks global warming prevention in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Folk Alliance conference continued on Saturday night, and making a special appearance at the music festival, was former Vice President Al Gore.

Gore was talking about global warming, and asking the musicians there for help. For the last ten years, Gore has traveled across the country to talk about global warming. On Saturday he targeted people here in Kansas City, specifically folk musicians who were in town for a music festival.

The Westin Crown Center set the stage for the Annual Folk Alliance Conference. Bands and musicians from around the world came to show off their talents. But it's what happened in the Century C Ballroom which caught people’s attention.

“I`m actually a willful optimist and I believe that the future is what we make it, and we still have the opportunity to make the right choices,” said former Vice President Gore, who was at the conference asking musicians for help.

Gore believes global warming is to blame for natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the drought in Syria. He also believes we there are steps everyone can take to prevent global warming from happening.

“It`s not just the burning of coal and oil and gas. That`s the main part of it. But it`s also factory farming and industrial agriculture,” he said.

Gore encourages change, starting with conversations about global warming. For the musicians, he encourages them to sing about it.

Allie Farris, a fold musician in the crowd, called Gore's presentation inspiring. She believes it will make a difference.

“Seeing all the information compiled in one big presentation just kind of rocked me in a pretty intense way,” said Farris. “The fear that it instills, but also the hope at the end, the positive is what he ends on.  That`s the most important thing to get people moving.”

Gore hopes people will start moving toward making a change.

“We’re going to win this.  We are going to prevail.  There is hope.  But we have got to speed it up,” he said.

Al Gore also talked about the Vatican, and how it's set out to be the first CO2 neutral nation. Gore says it has two advantages; it's very small and god is on their side.

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9 comments

  • agcala

    October 9th, 2013: Los Angeles Times announced that was going to be stop publishing letters to the editor if they held a view that man-made global warming was a hoax. If they were “climate deniers,” the LA Times was no longer going to publish them because they’re just wrong. They’re not going to waste space.

    As I told you: IF YOU LIKE YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH YOU CAN KEEP IT.

  • Jan Freed

    TPartiers, deniers and scoffers have been crooning, “If you like your wishful thinking, you can keep it”.

    Al Gore has simply accepted and offers to us the central message of all our most trusted messengers such as NASA, NOAA, Dept. of Defense, the AMA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Academy of Sciences (Einstein once a proud member) the Royal Society of UK (Sir Isaac Newton once President), the World Bank, the IMF, the IEA, and every national science academy in the world.

    Their message: Climate change is real, man made, serious to the point even of possible extinction if we continue to dither. We have years, not decades to pivot to a new energy economy, and business leaders (Ceres, for example) see about 36 Trillion dollars in potential investments.

    What is needed are more responsible public servants in Congress, those who will stand up to the tyranny of the Kochs denial machine, and to others in the carbon industries who have conservatives (and some Dems) tied up in knots..

  • agcala

    This is what the NOAA has said (not exactly a denier or scoffer):

    “Near-zero and even negative trends are common for intervals of a decade or less in the simulations, due to the model’s internal climate variability. The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more, suggesting that an observed absence of warming of this duration is needed to create a discrepancy with the expected present-day warming rate” (NOAA 2008).

    “Houston, we have a problem!”

    From the Climategate emails:

    “Bottom line – the no upward trend has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried.”[Phil Jones, July 5 2009]

    The 15 years have come and gone and the warmists are crapping their pants!!!

  • agcala

    Another shot at Global Suppression:
    Brad Johnson (@ClimateBrad), the editor of HillHeat.com and a former Think Progress staffer, boasted on Twitter that 110,000 people had urged the Washington Post newspaper “to stop publishing climate lies” like the Krauthammer article about Global Warming.

    So Think Progress is about suppressing other people’s opinion?