Al Gore Hurting Environmental Crusade?

Criticism of activist's approach to global warming


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Man on a Mission

Al Gore's "24-Hours of Reality" climate change program ended Thursday night. The online presentation consisted of one-hour slide shows in 13 languages, highlighting the supposed dangers of man-made climate change and ended with a speech by the former vice president.

However, some are wondering if Gore is actually hurting his own crusade. One Guardian editor compares the slide shows to -- quote -- "death by power-point" and asks -- quote -- "Despite all his efforts over the past three decades to raise awareness on this issue, is Gore now a help or a hindrance to the cause he cares so passionately about?"

A Huffington Post writer notes -- quote -- "Not everyone has been a fan of Gore's approach to these issues, suggesting that he has been too bookish or increasingly, too shrill."

However, Gore defends his involvement by telling Huffington that when people don't like the message they often criticize the messenger.

Going Green

Updating a story for you in our Friday Follow-up segment, with all the solar talk in the wake of the Solyndra scandal some of you have asked about the promised green energy upgrade at the White House.

Last year, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed at the White House by this past spring.

But that deadline came and went in June, when the Energy Department said it was still in the active procurement phase of that project.

We reached out again today, but did not receive a response.


And finally, Tennessee has rejected a driver's vanity license plate request because of the potential for misinterpretation.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says one of its employees asked for a plate to illustrate her feelings for bean curd that would read "I love tofu."

However, the state read it a different way that's not exactly family friendly if you move the dashes around.

Apparently, similar plates have been rejected in Florida, Colorado and Virginia.