Al Gore is asked the tough questions on 60 Minutes...
GLENN: Cut 2, please.
STAHL: He hired the agency that made the caveman and talking lizard ads for GEICO to create global warming commercials.
GLENN: Stop. He's going to spend $300 million on global warming commercials. May I ask Lesley Stahl, did they do any homework on who's paying for these commercials? Where did that $300 million come from? Can I ask Lesley Stahl, did she talk to him about the hedge fund that he started with his own money so he's going to profit on this particular cause? He's going to make money? The more people buy into it? It's almost like what he charges ExxonMobil with. It's weird, except that's not a giant corporation. This is a private individual that is personally being called the prophet of it and I'm wondering how you spell prophet, Al Gore.
All right. So he's hired all these people to make commercials.
VOICE: Now, the first thing we run on television... we didn't wait for someone else to storm the beaches of Normandy.
STAHL: The ads will start running this week --
GLENN: Stop. We didn't wait for somebody to storm the beaches of Normandy. I'm sorry. Is he advocating a "Go it alone" policy? I thought a "Go it alone" policy was what's wrong with George W. Bush. We can't go it alone, we shouldn't go it alone. We didn't wait for someone else to storm the -- well, not because of the frickin' liberals and Democrats, I'll tell you that. You can bet that Al Gore and -- that's William Macy, isn't it? Isn't that William H. Macy that's doing that? That's William H. Macy. You can bet that all the Progressives in Hollywood would be screaming that we shouldn't go it alone in Normandy! And here's the other problem. Normandy was Normandy. Normandy, America could go in and take care of it. Of course, we didn't take care of it by ourself, did we? We did it with allies. But even if we did it with allies, it was part of the world against another part of the world. With global warming you can't do that unless you'd like to separate all the airspace with giant walls. No, we can't build any walls or anything in this society, either, because of the Progressives. So I don't know how we're going to keep our air separate from the rest of the planet. I don't know how that's going to happen. I don't know how you go it alone in this particular issue and win because it affects the entire planet and we all have to do it or it's meaningless. We just cripple our economy -- or maybe that's the plan -- we just cripple our economy and not the rest of the world's economy. It doesn't work like Normandy but I know that's probably a little complex for people to understand who are trying to tell us how to regulate global temperatures.
STAHL: The ads will start running this week on the broadcast networks and cable channels in a blitz as sweeping and expensive as a big corporation's rollout of a new product.
VOICE: We can't wait for someone else to solve the global climate crisis. We need to act. We need to act now.
GLENN: Who's paying for it?
GORE: Don't tell me we can't solve this. We can solve this if we put our minds to it.
STAHL: Now, the rest of the future ads are going to stress this bipartisan coalition that's coming together on this.
GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. What a surprise, a bipartisan effort. Who would have ever guessed that a popular cause where there's profit in front of it and lots and lots of money to be made by gigantic corporations, who would have seen that politicians would line up to help? When there's votes to win or power to be gained? Who would have seen that one coming?
STAHL: Now, with some surprising pairings.
GORE: Yeah, Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, two people who don't agree on much at all are doing an ad together.
STAHL: And several other unlikely couples like pat Robertson and Al Sharpton.
VOICE: We strongly disagree except on one issue. Tell them what it is.
GLENN: Global warming?
SHARPTON: Tell them what it is, Reverend Pat.
ROBERTSON: That would be taking care of our planet.
GLENN: Stop! Play that again. Can you play that last? They all agree on one issue. What was it?
SHARPTON: Tell them what it is, Reverend Pat.
ROBERTSON: That would be taking care of our planet. It's extremely important.
GLENN: Oh, my goodness, taking care of our planet. I thought we were talking about global warming. Oh. Because I disagree with global warming but I agree with taking care of our planet. Who doesn't agree with taking care of our planet? Oh, my gosh! That's like, "You know, Barack Obama and I disagree on many things but when it comes to George Bush, we agree. He should wear shoes. We agree on shoes." Taking care of our planet is not the same as what Al Gore is shopping, but maybe that's just me and a little too deep for the surface reporting you seem to get from 60 Minutes.
GORE: We all share the exact same interests in doing the right thing on this.
GLENN: We do.
GORE: Who are we on human beings? Are we all --
GLENN: We do. We all agree. We have all -- so much to lose if we don't do the right thing. Where we disagree is what the right thing is that we should do.
GORE: Are we destined to destroy this place that we call home, planet Earth? I can't believe that that's our destiny. It is --
GLENN: Stop. Are we destined to do that crazy thing like destroy our planet? I can't believe it. I'm a messenger of hope. Thanks, Al. I don't believe we're the ones to do that, either. I guess we agree on taking care of the planet.
GORE: Not our destiny, but we have to awaken to the moral duty that we have to do the right thing and --
GLENN: Stop. So now it's the moral duty. I'm sorry. I thought the moral majority was a bad thing. Now he wants to teach us about morals. Now it has gone from something that people like me have called a religious cult for a while to a cult of celebrity, back to a religious cult because now they are getting all these religions in. Oh, yes, the religions. We need to get -- it's a moral imperative. You're a bad person. God sees you as violating his commandments and his covenants if you don't do this. You have Al Gore teaching you about the moral imperative. Isn't that fascinating, from people who have hated the moral majority, who have said you've got to get religion out of politics. Now they're going too religion, to save something that's surely not a political move. It's global warming that's our moral imperative. The most important thing morally we've had to face in this, at least in this generation maybe of all time.
GORE: And get out of this silly political game-playing. This is about survival.
GLENN: This is about survival. It's about survival. Really? All of the ideas that they have proposed, Stu, will buy us in 100 years, how much will it buy us?
STU: Well, it depends on which, you know, one of the idiotic programs you're talking about but typically in 100 years it will buy us about a year, give or take if we're talking about Kyoto, that sort of thing. It's a year or two in about 100 years.
GLENN: So it's about survival. No, it's not going to save the human race if this is happening. It will buy us a couple of years. So that's what we're really talking about. Politicians working together, taking care of our planet, to do the right thing. Let me ask you something, Al. Who are you to decide what the right thing is? The people have decided what the right thing is. They believe in it. They just don't believe we can do anything to really effect it or change it in a sensible way. That's why you're mounting a $300 million ad campaign. $300 million ad campaign. Wow, that's a lot of money. I wish 60 Minutes would have told us where that money was coming from but we'll save that for another journalist some other time, maybe 100 years in the future.