Canada’s leadership on environmental issues represents an amazing potential for change,” according to Al Gore.
The former U. S. vice-president and green activist was keynote speaker at Tuesday night’s dinner gala at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition grounds.
Gore, who was expected to talk about the evolution of the clean economy and what it means for creating a sustainable future, congratulated Premier Dalton McGuinty for the province’s green energy program. He also praised Dr. David Suzuki, calling him a great leader of these issues.
The green energy program is widely recognized now as the single best green energy on the North American continent,” he told the crowd of several hundred.
Humour was not lost on the 45th vice-president. I am Al Gore. I used to be the next president of the United States,” he said as the crowd laughed. Now, I’m a recovering politician.”
The event comes at a time when the U. S. congress is considering a probe of whether prominent scientists who are advocates of global warming theories are fudging the truth about climate change. Last week,
computer hackers who got into the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in England leaked personal e-mails and documents in which researchers allegedly ridiculed dissenters and cheered the deaths of skeptical journalists. But Gore’s supporters at the dinner shrugged off the allegations. Sometimes we rely on people who are not always telling the truth, but that’s not anyone’s fault,” said Port Elgin green activist Victoria Serda, 36 It doesn’t matter who or where you are, there’s always going to be some corruption. There’s still substantive evidence we need to act as quickly as possible.”
Peter Schiefke, of Climate Project Canada, acknowledged that the incident makes it harder” for organizations like theirs to be taken seriously. It’s difficult enough, imagine the response these volunteers get in Alberta,” he said. The message is still getting out and you’re always going to have people criticizin