As reported on The Lead, Al Gore is at it again, going after the sinners among us:
In a wide-ranging interview, Gore told the Washington Post that Republicans are growing weary of those who reject the notion of climate change, likening them to “an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned so everyone avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace.”
Reverend Gore, of course, doesn't deny climate change. Climate change has been very good to him, though he hasn't made any notable personal sacrifices to curtail it or, even, set an example of saintliness. Does not fly commercial or live, at last report, in a yurt.
He has, in short, the same sort of relationship with "carbon" that Elmer Gantry had with sin.
President Obama used his Saturday morning radio address to rally support for the energy/climate change initiative he announced earlier in the week. This is the plan whereby we can have it all. No more coal, more expensive electricity, better weather, and a more robust economy. One wonders why it is necessary to sell it at all.
In his State of the Union Address this evening, President Barack Obama will encourage Congress to adapt a cap and trade plan to deal with climate change. Energy, climate, and taxes are a sizable portion of Obama's speech.
This last year, 2012, was the warmest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was also "a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average."