March 22, 2007
Highlights of Gore's Return to the Hill
Josh Dorner, RAW Contributor
Yesterday, Al Gore made a historic return to Capitol Hill to address committees in the Senate and the House about global warming. The usual suspects -- Inhofe, Barton, Hastert, and their ilk -- did their best to make themselves look like complete fools in face of Gore's reasoned, passionate discourse. Their tired soliloquies do not bear repeating here. Instead, here are some of the more choice quotes from hearings:
"Rin Tin Tin was a movie star. I just have a slide show."
-- Gore, responding to a derisive comment from Mr. So-Not-Speaker-Anymore Denny Hastert.
"It is possible to be a conservative without appearing to be an idiot…My wife says there ought to be some relationship between conservative and conservation."
-- Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
"It is an opportunity to talk and just not really do anything."
-- Gore, referring to the Asia-Pacific Partnership, the Bush administration's signature (voluntary) global-warming partnership with Australia, China, India, and others.
"Unlike Sen. Inhofe, we believe in science."
-- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
"The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don't say, well I read a science fiction novel that tells me it's not a problem. If the crib's on fire, you don't speculate that the baby is flame-retardant. You take action. The planet has a fever."
-Gore, mocking Barton's attacks on the science of global warming.
And, finally, in response to Sen. Inhofe's bad behavior:
"You're not making the rules. You used to when you did this [waves gavel]. Elections have consequences. So I make the rules."
-- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
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