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Posted: Apr 17 2011, 11:26 AM
Member No.: 45
Joined: 18-June 04
Gore to Young Advocates: Battle Industry Lobbyists to Turn the Tide on Climate
by Ben Geman
Al Gore told young green energy advocates Friday that progress on global warming must come from a strong grassroots movement that can counter the oil and coal lobbies, which he alleged have “paralyzed” governments. Gore – who compared action on global warming to the Civil Rights movement – was the keynote speaker at Power Shift 2011, a Washington, D.C. conference attended largely by college students.
It’s true that governments by and large have been politically paralyzed because the energy companies, the coal companies, the oil companies, the coal-burning utilities, they have spent enormous amounts of money and they have succeeded in many countries in paralyzing the political process,” the former vice president said.
“There are four anti-climate lobbyists on Capitol Hill in this city for every single member of the House and every single member of the Senate,” Gore said Friday night at the opening of the April 15-18 conference.
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Posted: Apr 17 2011, 05:13 PM
Member No.: 2253
Joined: 20-March 07
Thanks for the link, Erin,
Our government is "paralyzed" because they allow these companies to run the show.
When Gore last ran as President, he spoke of campaign reform. This is something we really need so these businesses don't have that kind of influence on our government. Of course, the Citizens United ruling didn't help either. <_<