My Gut Tells Me Al Gore is Going to Run

Thanks to howardpark, at the Breaking Blue page, I was alerted to this story.  In a nutshell, Al Gore is going to train 1000 people to give his global warming presentation around the country.  The article also says that Al Gore has no intention on running for President in 2008.  Yeah, right.

I am of two thoughts regarding this news.  Both thoughts lead me to believe that Al Gore will be a presidential candidate in 2008.  Either Al Gore is lying and has every intention of running for President and will be using his 1000 presenters as a Al Gore 2008 infrastructure (a pretty smart move by the way).  Or, Al Gore is serious about not running, but the groundswell that he's creating will pull him in.  More after the jump.

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Nature and the American Revolution

(Cross-posted at the Appalachian Voices blog...a story of Nature and the American Revolution.)


In discussing the causes of the American Revolution, we are all familiar with the American colonists desire to break away from an "oppressive" and "tyrannical" British grip over modern day New England. We ALL know about the red coats, the Boston Massacre, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, the tea parties, and the overriding trend of increasing democratization of American society. What a comprehensive modern understanding of the American Revolution often lacks however, is a general understanding or awareness of the importance of nature's role in the conflict. It is often forgotten that man's interaction with nature and nature's impact on man are necessary factors in creating that class of hungry, dissatisfied peasants which are pre-requisite to any good revolution!

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My Review Of An Inconvenient Truth

After waiting over thirty years myself to see this issue where it should be, last night I saw a movie that changed my life. A movie EVERY politician in this country needs to see. My review of it below.

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Government Blocks Wind Farm Plans

Why do you think this is happening?

Via ScienceDaily
May 31, 2006

http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.ph p?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-2006053 1-17405200-bc-us-windfarms.xml

Government blocks wind farm plans

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has ordered work stopped on more than a dozen wind farms, saying the giant turbines might interfere with military radar.

But supporters of wind power say the reason for the actions is political and has little to do with national security, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

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Federal officials have refused to say how many stop-work orders have been issued, but developers told the newspaper at least 15 projects have been shut down by the government so far this year.

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And why is this happening too?

The Christian Science Monitor
May 31, 2006 edition

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0531/p02s0 1-uspo.html

By Mark Clayton | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

A few years ago a little-known US Energy Department program helped produce a design technology for lightweight cars and trucks that in 2004 alone saved the nation 122 million barrels of oil, or about $9 billion.

Even without that breakthrough, the tiny Industrial Technologies Program routinely saves the United States $7 worth of energy for each dollar it spends, proponents say.

So, with energy prices spiking and President Bush pushing for more energy research, the ITP would seem a natural candidate for more funding. In fact, its budget is set to get chopped by a third from its 2005 level. It's one of more than a dozen energy-efficiency efforts that the Energy Department plans to trim or eliminate in a $115 million cost-saving move.

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Logging bill House floor vote this week

Now, I'm not commenting on the merits of the bill, HR 4200, the Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act.

Someone at Kos is very exercised (though she/(he?) hasn't exactly caused a tidal wave of fury over there, like those Kossacks do so well).

The comments do identify as Dems (so you don't have to) around 15-20 of the 147 sponsors.

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