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Al Gore Testifies

Boxer to Inhofe, "you're not making the rules."




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hah! Unbelievable.

Awww, an end to the days of people grabbing up gavels and stomping out of rooms. An end to blocking democrats from joint meetings. An end to Inofoe shutting doing an enivronmental talk he doesn't like.

It is so unfair.

To bad it took so long for the news that he wasn't in charge to reach him.

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Excellent!! That clip made my day…maybe my whole week. I live in that bug-wits state - his home town actually - and it was so gratifying to finally see someone shut him down.

Inhole, "bu…uh…I…he…uh… hrumph!"

Boxer just became one of my favorite politicians, way to go Senator Boxer!

Kick butt and take names!

Gore's testimony.

Wow.

"Elections have consequences."

TV studio audience: "ooooOOOOOOOHHH!"

Too bad "Elections have consequenses" has become the #1 soundbyte on conservative radio. It's a good line being used against her. "40 die in iraq car bomb!" "Elections have consequences" oh it made me mad...

hahahah the FOX effect is losing the stranglehold it once had. thanks BB.

How can that line possibly be used against her? curious.

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As much as Canadian politicians are dicks, they haven't gone so far as to disallow someone from testifying when they're sitting on the hot seat already.

That clip has made me fear for the States' government more than most of the clips and articles I've seen and read to date.

Boxer is so refreshingly reasonable, calm in the face of obnoxious O'Reilly-style nonquestioning.

"I want to talk to you for a minute" was perfect.

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Boxer can be a dope sometimes herself, which makes it all the more humiliating for Inhofe. "I want to talk to you for a minute," indeed. A U.S. Senator gets the fifth grade teacher treatment.

"haven't gone so far as to disallow someone from testifying when they're sitting on the hot seat already."

They didn't 'disallow' him from testifying, one senator tried to stop Gore but he was shut down. The Democrats threw Gore a bunch of softballs and had more than enough time to get his message across. In parliamentary systems like Canada and England they don't even really have oversight hearings so I don't think the comparision is very apt.

Parliamentary select committees don't appear to be particularly different from oversight committees.

Gore was invited to testify, so that the Committee could benefit from his expertise. Inhofe didn't want to hear what he had to say; he wasn't interested in evidence, or Gore's knowledge on the subject, he just wanted to make a (ridiculous, often rude) point and shut Gore up. Boxer was perfectly gracious to an obvious idiot.

BTW, Shakes has a little bit longer of a clip:

http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2007/03/go-boxer-go.html

"...elections have consequences..."

Right on, sister! I don't see how the right could use this against her, what with two Bush elections and an occupying force in the former Iraq. Oh, wait. People only want to believe what they already believe.

Well, here's what I believe:

Anyone accusing Gore of being too pessimistic on climate change might as well argue about how flat the earth is, or how large is the hole in the side of the Titanic as the ship goes down. Looking at the actual peer-reviewed science on the subject, the damage is already done. If anything, Gore is too optimistic. But it's hard to get humans to think on a time scale greater than 20 years. Did I say 20 years? Make that 20 minutes. Don't misunderstand, even though I think we're all doomed, I still enjoy life enough to get a kick out of seeing Inhofe bitch slapped.

Wow. That gave me chills. All you'll hear about on the Fox Noise Channel is about how "Gore uses energy too!!" You'll never hear about this Dick anywhere else. Thanks Keith.

Jeez, what a dick.

Boxer should've leaned over and whacked him in the head with the gavel.

I can just imagine how he deals with his kids, wife and grandkids.

Do you want cereal?

Su...

Well answer, do you or not?

Ye....

Why can't you just answer a simple question?

I was try...

Oh fine, if you're not going to answer you just won't get anything to eat.

What a dick.

Boxer is a tool. Inhofe is a power tool.

Not to be an asshole but just to add to the discussion:

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=4340135300469846467&q=global+warming+swindle

"According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn't your fault and there's nothing you can do about it.

We've almost begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon. But just as the environmental lobby think they've got our attention, a group of naysayers have emerged to slay the whole premise of global warming."

The friend who sent me this also gave me this link:

http://hallolinden-db.de/baseportal?htx=/hallolinden-db.de/Klima/Klima

Toze, I found this particular article, linked to in your second link, particularly interesting:

http://blog.sciam.com/index.php?title=pleasestoptalkingabouttheglobalwar&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

And the discussion regarding the article even more so.

If that link doesn't work (I'm not sure how to properly add long links here), just look up "Please Stop Talking About the Global Warming Consensus" in Google. The article is on ScientificAmerican.com.

Just FYI about my above post... I find it interesting not necessarily because I agree with it, but because there are arguements there that I have never heard before, and I enjoy expanding my horizons to consider that which I hadn't previously considered (regardless of whether ultimately it is true or not). And also, through knowing these varying view points, I can more carefully examine and effectively defend my own.

She was feckin awesome.

Trying to find a link to the whole thing because I think its an interesting topic, even without the drama. Seems all the blogs only care about the democrat pwning the republican, but who cares about the issue??

Quite the Julia Sugarbaker moment. Loved it!

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"According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn't your fault and there's nothing you can do about it.

What a load. Freakin Durkin wears his own bottom. Look if you have ever stated that global warming "isn't happening" then you should be sitting at the back of the bus.

"What a load. Freakin Durkin wears his own bottom. Look if you have ever stated that global warming "isn't happening" then you should be sitting at the back of the bus."

You're quoting (and attacking) something that wasn't in the actual quote:

"...if the planet is heating up, it isn't your fault and there's nothing you can do about it."

Nowhere did it say global warming "wasn't happening". I think it's you who are wearing your own bottom.. Otherwise you would have actually read what was written. Reading comprehension is so bothersome to address when you don't give a damn what the other person is saying.

But hey, everybody's got an agenda, right? I'd be happy to buy you a bus ticket =)

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As bad as she was, gratuitously waving a gavel in Inhof's face and silencing him in a democratic forum (...for silencing another man in a democratic forum), I got a kick out of it still. After getting an eyeful of O’Riley talking over, shushing and demeaning the mayor of Salt Lake City, damnit at least I can go to bed at night knowing that someone isn’t going to let that happen during testimony on the floor of congress.

And good job Gore for not taking the bait and raising your voice.

Here is the New York Times article that Inhofe quoted in his opening attack on Gore:

From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype By WILLIAM J. BROAD

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13gore.html?ex=1174708800&en=9927f5c6825a83a5&ei=5070

Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won an Academy Award for best documentary. So do many environmentalists, who praise him as a visionary, and many scientists, who laud him for raising public awareness of climate change.

But part of his scientific audience is uneasy. In talks, articles and blog entries that have appeared since his film and accompanying book came out last year, these scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous. They are alarmed, some say, at what they call his alarmism...

Obviously Inhofe did not finish this so-called attack article on Gore which concluded with the following:

"... Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton who advised Mr. Gore on the book and movie, said that reasonable scientists disagreed on the malaria issue and other points that the critics had raised. In general, he said, Mr. Gore had distinguished himself for integrity.

“On balance, he did quite well — a credible and entertaining job on a difficult subject,” Dr. Oppenheimer said. “For that, he deserves a lot of credit. If you rake him over the coals, you’re going to find people who disagree. But in terms of the big picture, he got it right.”

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the above comment attributed to me wasn't actually posted by me. that's frustrating. Sorry onegeek, my words were put into your mouth... somehow.

No one is claiming, well no one with any extensive knowledge of the subject, that man is causing global warming. The claim is that man's activities contribute to the effects of global warming.

People who claim it's a hoax usually twist the issue.

I don't know a whole lot about how usual back and forth commentary works in D.C., but I can imagine that a big reason things get done so slowly (or not at all) are because of politicians like Inhofe. They don't sincerely listen to everything someone has to say and as a result they don't get all the facts, then they don't consider things rationally, and end up believing in nonsense like global climate change is just one big hoax.

But then again I suppose Inhofe would respond that it would take just as long if you actually had to listen to people.

At least then things would get done right then, eh?

"No one is claiming, well no one with any extensive knowledge of the subject, that man is causing global warming. The claim is that man's activities contribute to the effects of global warming."

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"Global warming is real and human activity is the main cause."

-Al Gore

inhoffe is a cunt.

i think fox news has given all these neo-cons the idea that they can interview themselves while interviewing someone else. i hope this twit has his house run over by a hurricane.

Right there with Pete's comment is what I'm talking about. If you really want to discuss the issue you have to know what you're talking about. The earth has a natural cycle of cooling and warming which happens w/o human help. The issue Gore is talking about is the increase in greenhouse gasses which the earth can't compensate for which is mainly caused by man.

inhoffe is a cunt.

At what is wrong with cunts? :/

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It is so impressive that Al Gore did not go away after the Supreme Court declared George Bush the winner in 2000. Instead, Gore has dedicated himself to making a difference and caring about the world. He can even be eloquent and PRESIDENTIAL when testifying to stupid Senators.

Hi all, I'm aware that huffingtonpost and some liberal bloggers are passing judgement on the New York Times by claiming it is biased against Gore, with regards to William Broad's article:

From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype By WILLIAM J. BROAD

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13gore.html?ex=1174708800&en=9927f5c6825a83a5&ei=5070

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Personally, I think New York Times is trying to find both pros and cons in his argument.

And even in their follow up article on Gore, they still make this point clear:

As Mr. Gore concedes, he is more salesman than scientist. But most scientists acknowledge that he is absolutely right on the fundamentals: humans are artificially warming the world, the risks of inaction are great, the time frame for action is growing short and meaningful cuts in emissions will happen only if the United States takes the lead.

Warming Up on Capitol Hill Published: March 25, 2007

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/opinion/25sun2.html?th&emc=th

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