Reid and Snowe Introduce Measure to Allow Gore’s Live Earth Concert on Capitol Grounds

The Washington Post reports that Harry Reid and Olympia Snowe have introduced a measure to allow Al Gore to have a concert to raise awarness about Global Warming on the Capitol grounds:

If the bipartisan resolution is approved by the Senate and the House, it will clear the way for the former vice president to produce his free “Live Earth” concert on July 7 on the Capitol’s west side…

Using popular music to bring attention to his pet issue of global climate change, Gore is planning a single-day, worldwide series of concerts modeled after Live 8. Live Earth will feature seven major concerts on seven continents, with scheduled performers to include the Police, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Fall Out Boy, Genesis, Akon, Bon Jovi and, yes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Watch for conservatives to take this article in The New York Times out of context and exaggerate the differences of a few who don’t represent the consensus of scientific thought. There’s plenty to cherry pick to claim to show disagreements between scientists and Gore. If you take the full body of scientific literature there is potential for disagreement over specifics. It is also common for scientists to find flaws in simplified presentations of their ideas by a non-scientist, even if they agree with the overall work. The bottom line is that the consensus of scientific thought is that global warming driven by human activity presents a serious problem. As one scientist said:

“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.”

Update: Media Matters, Grist, and Real Climate debunk the criticism of Gore.

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