Published July 07, 2009
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The Reich Stuff
Al Gore is comparing the fight against climate change to the struggle against Nazis in World War II. The former vice president told an environmental forum in England that the world lacks the political will to act. Gore encouraged global leaders to unite their nations to fight global warming.
We've reported many scientists have detailed a recent global cooling trend. The Times Online quotes Gore saying: "Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilization in World War II... We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource."
Gore admitted it is difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change is just as urgent as the threat from Nazi Germany: "The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshold where political leaders feel that they must change. The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it's a necessity."
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is admitting that an EPA study shows U.S. efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions will have no impact on the climate unless China and India do the same.
Lisa Jackson told a Senate hearing today: "I believe the central parts of the [EPA] chart are that U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels, but the race is on for us to enter into a clean energy future."
The chart shows relatively no change in CO2 levels unless other large energy-producing countries make changes.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he does not agree with the EPA assessment; a direct contradiction between two Obama administration officials asked the same question at the same hearing. The EPA says U.S. efforts to fight global warming probably won't work.
A seventh grader's mom is suing a central California school district over an order that the student take off a pro-life T-shirt. Anna Amador says her daughter was taken to the principal's office and told to remove her shirt, which displayed two pictures of a fetus growing in the womb. The complaint quotes school district officials saying the T-shirt violated the school's dress code, which bans clothing with "suggestion of tobacco, drug or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity, vulgarity or other inappropriate subject matter."
Amador claims other students at the school have been allowed to wear expressive T-shirts. An attorney for the school district tells FOXnews.com his clients dispute some of the events listed in the complaint and are fighting it.
— FOX News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.