Vieira Relentlessly Presses Gore about Presidency
Al Gore says that most important issues facing the United States is global warming ‚Äď not the war on terrorism, health care, immigration or anything else. ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ show anchor Meredith Vieira pointed to that as reason enough for him to run for president.
‚ÄúBut if this is the number one moral issue and the president is the key player here, then why wouldn‚Äôt the man whose face ‚Äď is the face of the issue be running for president?‚ÄĚ Vieira asked. Gore insisted the ‚ÄúAmerican people‚ÄĚ were the key players, but Vieira continued to press the question on July 5. ‚ÄúBut, the president sets the agenda,‚ÄĚ Vieira interrupted.
Vieira insisted that Gore would have public support if he ran for president:
‚ÄúIt seems to me that there is ‚Äď on the one hand, the polls show in this country at least, people agree with you ‚Äď a majority of people agree this is the number one issue in terms of our environment. And yet we [the
As it turns out, Vieira‚Äôs facts were wrong.
Gore warned viewers of the catastrophe to come if humans keep pumping carbon dioxide into the air like an ‚Äúopen sewer.‚ÄĚ
Vieira asked Gore what is going to make global warming ‚Äúmore significant to the American public than the war in
‚ÄúWell, both the war in
In just two days, on July 7, NBC will air Gore‚Äôs Live Earth concerts ‚Äď from seven locations around the globe. Although the vice president was presumably on ‚ÄúToday,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúIf I do my job right, then all of them [the presidential candidates] will make this their top issue,‚ÄĚ was all Gore would say about the subject.
However, Gore did not mention the costs of how to ‚Äúsolve‚ÄĚ the ‚Äúclimate crisis.‚ÄĚ
On July 1, in a New York Times op/ed Gore advocated pressuring the U.S. government to sign on to an international ‚Äúclimate crisis treaty‚ÄĚ by the year 2009, that would require a 90 percent cut in ‚Äúglobal warming pollution‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď he estimated there will be about 2 billion people in the audience ‚Äď will go to the non-profit