Posted by Brad @ 1:25 am on February 26th 2007

Oscar Gore

ďMy fellow Americans, people all over the world ó we need to solve the climate crisis. Itís not a political issue. Itís a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started with the possible exception of the will to act. Thatís a renewable resource. Letís renew it.Ē


  1. “It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue”?

    What the hell does that even mean?

    Of COURSE global warming is a political issue. It’s a matter which will call for choices to be made which will provide some people with benefits and others with disadvantages. The process of evaluating competing claims of that sort is what politics IS.

    Gore’s statement seems to reflect the “Captain Planet” view of environmental issues. You know, that old cartoon, where the supervillians produced pollution not in the course of making things, but as an end in itself. Sure, through that lens, warming might be a strictly moral issue, but most of us outgrew that sort of cartoon a long time ago.

    There’s been a lot of scorn heaped on President Bush for viewing international relations in terms of a struggle between good versus evil. I wonder if any of those same people decide to call Gore out on his statement?

    Comment by Rojas — 2/26/2007 @ 10:57 am

  2. It’s an dual-pronged appeal to the pantywetting hysterics and also the ‘values voters’ (who are apparently starting to think about global warming). He should at least have said ‘It’s not JUST a political issue…’ because, as you say, all moral issues are political issues (indeed, nearly every issue can become a political issue, at some level of government, which is pretty much the lesson of populist 20th Century US politics).

    Comment by Adam — 2/26/2007 @ 12:09 pm

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