PAT: Yeah. Well, we heard that last week from him that the government has failed us entirely? You remember that?
GORE: I want to call you to action, but I have to begin by telling you what you know. In all candor the United States government in its entirety, largely because of the opposition in the United States Senate to taking action on clean energy and a solution to the climate crisis, has failed us. America is capable of great things. We always have been and we still are. We have a history of great leadership from our earliest days. The United States Senate has failed to meet the challenge of the climate crisis.
PAT: And, of course, the government has failed in its entirety. So on his blog post he linked the Australian wire service report that tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets across Australia to protest on climate change and then he said, across the world, when politicians fail to take action to solve the climate crisis, people are taking action. He added, after excerpting the news reports, it is my hope we see activism like this here in the United States.
GLENN: I wish I could do that.
PAT: So he's calling for people to, tens of thousands of people, I guess, to take to the streets of the United States and start protesting because their government has failed in its entirety.
GLENN: This goes back to Van Jones and ACORN and the unions and everybody else. They are encouraging people to get out into the streets and hold up their signs and be really angry and march and sit down and don't move and all of these things. They are encouraging them, while at the same time tea parties are gathering. And they're demonizing that, except the left has a tendency of getting violent and we've already seen it. That's why it is important that you, as an American citizen, are different. You must stand out. You must be different. This is why I say do not bring any signs to 8/28. Don't bring them. And if you see people with signs, ask them to put them down. And if they won't, I believe they're infiltrators. I'm not expecting infiltrators, quite honestly. I mean, there's enough, believe me. Believe me. There's enough that will
GLENN: Now, with Al Gore, he wants to save the planet and the government has fundamentally failed you. But that's good stuff.
PAT: Yeah, because of the climate crisis, the government has failed you.
GLENN: Hang on just a second. Climate crisis?
PAT: Yeah, there's a climate crisis.
PAT: On the other hand we just heard, what, 45 minutes ago from Barack Obama that there's no Social Security crisis.
GLENN: I think they have a hard time defining crisis.
PAT: I think they do. Crisis means a little something to them.
GLENN: No financial, no Social Security crisis.
PAT: Right. But there is a climate crisis.
GLENN: Okay, hang on just a second. Because the climate in 100 years will be out of control?
PAT: Or 1,000, whatever.
GLENN: Between 100 and 1,000 years, the climate will be out of control. But within five to ten, Social Security will be out of control.
PAT: But that's not a crisis.
GLENN: That's not a crisis?
GLENN: I don't understand the word the way they are using it. -- I don't think they know what it means. May I just give you this? Do you know what the fiscal year 2009 agency financial report is called for the Department of Energy? Do you know what they called the report in 2009?
GLENN: Department of Energy. This is actually from a book that we're releasing here soon. I'm just doing the final edits on it today. The Department of Energy, their annual report called working to save the planet.
GLENN: That's the Department of Energy. Is that a little strange? That's their new goal?
PAT: Because the climate is in crisis, Glenn. The planet, because of our SUVs, the planet is in crisis.
GLENN: Do you drive an SUV?
PAT: Of course, but that's because I have to get from Point A to Point B to save the planet.
GLENN: Yeah, but if I can't get to Point A to point B in order to
PAT: You can walk because you're not you're not fighting to save the planet. You simply are focused on destroying the planet.
GLENN: Okay. But you just take the SUV then and you don't burn up like a bunch of jet fuel to go places, do you?
PAT: Well, I plant trees in Indonesia.
GLENN: You what?
PAT: I plant trees in Indonesia.
GLENN: You plant trees?
GLENN: Okay, that's good.
PAT: That offsets the planet killing carbon dioxide that's coming out of my SUVs.
GLENN: That offsets?
PAT: That offsets the SUVs.
GLENN: Why don't you just stop using the plane?
PAT: Because I must, as I said if you'd listen to me, I must get from Point A to Point B to save the planet.
GLENN: How about using just technology? For instance, I mean, there's like video conferencing.
PAT: Do you know how much CO2 computers use?
GLENN: There's holographic images now that you can put in. It's like you're in the room.
PAT: Again you're expending energy.
GLENN: I understand that, but you're expending much less energy than you would on the Gulfstream.
PAT: That's why I plant the trees in Indonesia.
GLENN: Instead of planting the trees, because I think you have to use computers to be able to transfer funds to Indonesia.
PAT: Well, that's what I'm saying. I must, I must save the planet. And see, in all of my efforts to save the planet, I have to expend some energy. That's why I can't, I can't abide these hypocrites like yourself who drives around in his SUV just to get his fat but from Point A to Point B.
GLENN: But see, that doesn't make me a hypocrite because I don't believe in global warming.
PAT: But you are telling me I shouldn't be using my SUV.
GLENN: Well, because you are telling me I shouldn't use my SUV.
PAT: That's because you're not saving the planet. The Earth has a fever, Glenn.
GLENN: Does it seem like this might be a circular argument?
PAT: It does.
GLENN: Just a little bit?
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