Friday, March 05, 2010

FOX NEWS: We Don't Like Reading

Al Gore had an op-ed in last Sunday's New York Times called, "We Can't Wish Away Climate Change." FOX News' first criticism of the piece was that it was too long. At 1900 words it is just barely longer than a Freshman college student's first English 101 assignment, which according to FOX News is way too many words for the Oscar-winning, Nobel Peace Prize-receiving 45th Vice President of the United States to use on a topic like climate change.

Wouldn't a sound bite have sufficed? Why did he have to use all those words? And come on, doesn't he know that it snowed this winter in New England?

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I'm an Al Gore fan. I voted for him in 2000; it was my first time voting. I appreciate all the work he has done raising awareness of Climate Change and I think the world we live in would be very different if Florida hadn't given George W. Bush a 537 vote edge over Gore.

When I read about people criticizing Climate Change I think about Majuro Bridge, which connects the Majuro International Airport to the main port of Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

Majuro Marshall Islands BridgeAt its highest point the Majuro Bridge is about 12 feet above sea level, making it the highest point in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a nation of just under 60,000 people.

The United States is going to be the last nation on Earth to deal with the effects of Climate Change. We are rich enough that we can pay for any damages and big enough to absorb most of the negative effects.

Majuro? Not so much.

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