Vieira Relentlessly Presses Gore about Presidency
Al Gore says that most important issues facing the United States is global warming â€“ not the war on terrorism, health care, immigration or anything else. â€śTodayâ€ť show anchor Meredith Vieira pointed to that as reason enough for him to run for president.
â€śBut if this is the number one moral issue and the president is the key player here, then why wouldnâ€™t the man whose face â€“ is the face of the issue be running for president?â€ť Vieira asked. Gore insisted the â€śAmerican peopleâ€ť were the key players, but Vieira continued to press the question on July 5. â€śBut, the president sets the agenda,â€ť Vieira interrupted.
Vieira insisted that Gore would have public support if he ran for president:
â€śIt seems to me that there is â€“ on the one hand, the polls show in this country at least, people agree with you â€“ a majority of people agree this is the number one issue in terms of our environment. And yet we [the
As it turns out, Vieiraâ€™s facts were wrong.
Gore warned viewers of the catastrophe to come if humans keep pumping carbon dioxide into the air like an â€śopen sewer.â€ť
Vieira asked Gore what is going to make global warming â€śmore significant to the American public than the war in
â€śWell, both the war in
In just two days, on July 7, NBC will air Goreâ€™s Live Earth concerts â€“ from seven locations around the globe. Although the vice president was presumably on â€śToday,â€ť to promote the concerts, Vieira was more concerned with the 2008 presidential race trying to get Gore to weigh in on the other Democratic candidates.
â€śIf I do my job right, then all of them [the presidential candidates] will make this their top issue,â€ť was all Gore would say about the subject.
However, Gore did not mention the costs of how to â€śsolveâ€ť the â€śclimate crisis.â€ť
On July 1, in a New York Times op/ed Gore advocated pressuring the U.S. government to sign on to an international â€śclimate crisis treatyâ€ť by the year 2009, that would require a 90 percent cut in â€śglobal warming pollutionâ€ť for developed nations in addition to a 50 percent reduction in the developing world.
Such a requirement would be much more severe than the Kyoto Treaty, which called for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut to 7 percent below 1990 levels. Government estimates during
Gore also told Vieira the proceeds from his concerts â€“ he estimated there will be about 2 billion people in the audience â€“ will go to the non-profit