John Kerry Supporting Al Gore on Global Warming

Earlier I had a post to tie in together both Obama and Kerry by looking back at Obama’s Keynote Address. With this email along with from John Kerry (along with an older picture) I can tie in yet another pair of prominent Democrats:

I admire Al Gore for his outspoken activism in the fight against global warming.

In the last year, his “An Inconvenient Truth” has brought the science of global climate change to millions of Americans in a dramatic and persuasive way. Al was an early leader and a visionary on climate change — and if he had not just been elected but been inaugurated as president, America today would be the world’s leading advocate, not the world’s leading opponent, of preventing climate change.

Like you, I share Al Gore’s grave concern about the environmental threat posed by global climate change. Teresa and I go way back with Al in our engagement on this gathering crisis. Now, within the next decade, if we don’t deal with global warming, our children and grandchildren will have to deal with global catastrophe. It is time to stop debating fiction writers, oil executives and flat-earth politicians, and actually do something.

That’s why I’m asking the johnkerry.com community to join MoveOn, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and others in sponsoring nationwide house parties crucial to our environmental future. It’s all built around the DVD release of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”

On Saturday, Americans will get together at house parties all over the country, watch the film on DVD, have a national conference call to discuss next steps, and start seriously mobilizing people. Participants will get a chance to talk to Al Gore and ask him questions.

Can you attend a screening in your town on Saturday, December 16? Click below to get started.

Find a house party near you

You know the underlying message of Al Gore’s movie. It’s not just that global warming is shaping up as a catastrophe of enormous dimensions. It’s that, together, we have the ability to stop this disaster — if we act now.

Saturday’s house parties are a great opportunity. This massive effort to organize and spread the word about “An Inconvenient Truth” is one of the best chances we’ve had in a long time to demonstrate how serious the problem is — and how serious we are about pushing Congress toward real solutions. More on that later — in this new Congress the johnkerry.com community will have our own bipartisan opportunity to make Washington stop spinning and start solving this problem.

There’s no doubt that “An Inconvenient Truth” has struck a responsive chord. The DVD of the movie sold more than a million copies in its first week. When strong leaders like Al Gore step forward to educate and organize people around vitally important issues, they deserve our full support.

Help spread the word.

Thanks for taking part in this crucial undertaking.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

P.S. We may have to wait to January until the new Democratic Congress convenes to force elected leaders to take real action on global warming. But, we can start organizing public support for real leadership on this vitally important issue right now. Let’s get started.

Update: The Boston Globe picked up this link, and going back to a their story provides both more information on Kerry and Gore being together, along with a new picture. Both are noted in this post.

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7 Comments

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    Marjorie G says:

    Where did that come from? Gore in 2000, looking to two terms, with enough visibility of a Kerry to present him with that peace offering at not being his VP?

    Many beltway Dems did not see 2004 as attainable because of the strong Bush hold on fear and war. Wish our netroots understood how really difficult that hurdle, and how wonderful that a lot of the populace got their voice. However misinforming those early methods.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Marjorie,

    Yes, the original idea was Kerry after eight years of Gore. I’m not sure of the exact date but I suspect that this was done taken Gore chose Lieberman as it would have been awkward to suggest someone other than his VP choice would follow him once the choice was made.

    While in a sense 2004 was attainable if everything had gone perfectly(considering how close Kerry came), I agree with your overall sentiment that Kerry had a very difficult task beating in incumbent President during time of war, and his loss should not exclude him from consideration in 2008.

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    democrafty says:

    I signed up to host a house party, and I wouldn’t have known to do so without the email from JK. Thank you, Senator!

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    TayTay says:

    The picture at the top of the screen is from the March 1998 St. Patrick’s Day roast. Here is a write-up of the event and another pic of VP Gore from it.

    Link

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    Ron Chusid says:

    TayTay,

    Thanks for the link.

    Would you care to post any stories of your own–such as JK’s birthday party this weekend?

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    Erica says:

    I love this bit here:

    “and if he had not just been elected but been inaugurated as president, America today would be the world’s leading advocate, not the world’s leading opponent, of preventing climate change.”

    We’d be in so much better shape if Gore had been inaugurated. Heck, we’d have been in really good shape if KERRY had been inaugurated.

    I’d love to see both of them get a second chance. Gore/Kerry or Kerry/Gore, anyone? Two really good men.

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    Otter says:

    I can’t imagine any meaningful progressive political way in which a pairing of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Gore would not kick some serious asterisk.

    (And yeah, so maybe the birthday party was kinda sorta just-a-little-bit wicked fun, and TayTay deserves a lot of the credit for that from our end. But hey, that’s not the story here. It’s not about us, it’s about him. And that is as it should be.)

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