Waco Friends of Peace/Climate meet monthly, the third Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, at Poppo Rollo's Pizza
Westbank Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco, 76710. Free presentation and pizza/salad buffet.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Response to “Informal Report: Energy Guidance Plan” at City Council July 16, 2019





















From Alan Northcutt:

Deepest sincere thanks to our 16+ members who attended in support of our presentation.

I rebutted as much of the City energy plan as I could in 10 minutes and provided a handout covering the entire report.  Their report was written with climate denier Bryan Shaw, who has no understanding of the urgency of decarbonization.  Many errors were found.

Our basic points:

  • City rooftop solar installation should begin immediately.  All new city construction should have rooftop solar.  The report’s objections to solar are largely spurious.
  • New City energy contracts in 2021 must be 100% renewables.
  • Waco lags seriously behind in number of solar installations.
  • Switch City heating/cooling to electricity from natural gas by 2050.
  • Natural gas is not a bridge fuel.  Emissions are equal to or greater than coal, health impacts are serious, and fracking induces earthquakes.
  • Waco has only two EV charging facilities.  The City should install these at the two malls and downtown.  Apply for TCEQ grants.
  • The City should begin transition to EVs immediately.  Long range affordable EVs are available.
  • Contrary to the report, long range electric garbage trucks are available.
  • Develop incentives for residential/business rooftop solar and EVs, as Austin and San Antonio have done.
  • Complete efficiency audits of all city buildings.
  • The Shaw report does not mention that we must be carbon net zero by 2050.
  • Our formal final decarbonization report will coincide with the City’s Shaw report in September.

Complimentary dinner at Clay Pot followed the meeting.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

URGENT ACTION -- Tuesday, July 16

All members needed: 5:45pm, Tuesday, at the Bosque Theater of the Waco Convention Center, the Business Session of Waco City Council.

Alan Northcutt will provide a 10 minute Powerpoint Peoples' Response to the preliminary report of the energy consultant and climate denier Bryan Shaw.  We MUST have 10 members present for Alan to have the allowed 10 minutes to speak.

As expected, the Shaw report is weak, has many shortcomings, and does not address at all the urgency of action on decarbonization.

We have had a tremendous influence on the City, forcing it to at least begin the process of transition to a green economy.  But we must continue to apply pressure by speaking the TRUTH and conveying the science, which tells us climate change is a global emergency.

Dinner will be complimentary after the Council session.

Your presence is vital Tuesday:  without adequate numbers, our voice will be silent Tuesday.  PLEASE JOIN US TO ACT ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF OUR TIME.

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More Art Show Info

From Alan Northcutt:

1) Many thanks to all artists who attended the lunch July 11 at Bangkok Royale Restaurant in Waco.  It was great to see everyone there and discuss the 3rd Annual Show.

2) Per request of one of our artist-judges, please do not post the pieces you plan to enter in the Climate Exhibit on social media.  This will allow greater anonymity of the art, and increase the fairness of judging.

3) One of our artists asked for more information on possible topics to address in submitted art.  First, I would remind everyone that in the Instructions for Artists I included a relatively thorough list of climate change impacts, and any of those could be the theme of one's contribution to the show.  Second, I will include a link here from Scientific American entitled "Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency," which is a concise review of some major climate change impacts.   I do think it would be helpful if artists this year addressed some of the dangers of climate change that have not been focused upon in the past 2 years.  If anyone has questions about appropriate topics, please feel free to contact me at anorthc@aol.com

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/climate-change-is-a-public-health-emerge ncy/

4) I would like to request now that each of you who intend to enter the show shoot me a very quick email confirming this.  I don't need details, just a statement of plans to enter, to help in planning for space utilization, etc.  Thank you very much.

Thanks to everyone one of you planning to enter the show this year.  The Climate Art Show is unique among the many art shows in Waco:  in addition to displaying your creativity and  talent, your effort will have a positive impact on mankind's struggle to preserve a livable home on this planet.  You will be contributing to the preservation of human civilization for your children and all the children of this world.  The fact that over 600 cities/countries have recently declared a climate change emergency emphasizes how truly critical our situation is.

Alan Northcutt, MD
Curator
3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit
July 12, 2019 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Greetings Climate Change Art Exhibit Participants














Yes, contrary to popular belief--there IS a free lunch.

In appreciation of the work many of you have done in previous years of the Climate Show, and in anticipation of the 2019 Show, we are offering a gratis lunch to you all this Thursday.  In addition to expressing our appreciation, we would like to solicit your input on the Show--things you like or dislike, and any additions you might suggest.  

Here are the details:
Event:  3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit Artist's Lunch
Date:   Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time:   12 Noon.
Venue: Bankok Royal Thai Restaurant, 215 S. University Parks Dr. Waco, Tx 76701
Cost:    Free.  
Questions:  email anorthc@aol.com

We hope many of your are able to join us.  If you know other artists who are interested in this art exhibit, please invite them as well. Everyone is welcome:  those artists who entered in previous years and those anticipating joining this year.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

CLIMATE ACTION CALENDAR

From Alan Northcutt:

Now:  Because we didn't have chance to speak at City Council June 18, I emailed my support for rooftop solar on municipal buildings to the Mayor and Councilpersons.  Please email the statement you planned to give also. 

July 16 (tentative):  Save the date.  Waco City Council meeting:  we may receive "consultant" report from climate denier Bryan Shaw.  I will probably do a 10 minute Powerpoint response if the Shaw report is received early.  We need everyone to attend at 6pm.  This is HUGE:  Shaw's report is likely counterproductive to decarbonization.  We must be prepared to fight misinformation.  Details to follow.

July 29:  Regular monthly meeting at Poppa Rollo’s, 6 pm.  Program of lecture or documentary to be announced.  Since Monday won out in voting, we are doing this Monday on a trial basis.  If anyone has a favorite climate documentary to suggest, please email me at anorthc@aol.com.

August 25-26:  Drop off of climate art at Waco Winery.
August 28-September 28:  3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.
September 14, 6-8pm:  Reception for Climate Art Exhibit.  Music by Frank Exum. 

December 2-December 13:  COP 25 in Santiago.  Possible contingent from Waco FOP/C.  














YARD SIGNS
We are currently working on a design for an eye-catching yard sign.  One consideration is a background of flames with the words "Climate Emergency NOW."  We request all ideas from our members in order to obtain the best possible yard sign.  We think these are powerful, and will help create more awareness.  Please email your ideas:  anorthc@aol.com

MEATLESS MONDAYS
Now that the campaign is underway, please spread to your schools, churches, neighborhoods, colleagues, friends and families.  Bring your ideas as this movement grows with time.  Please record the names of any institutions which adopt this campaign.  Remember that a "Plant rich diet" is ranked # 4 of 100 climate change solutions in the amazing reference text Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken.













THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019
For all our members who could not attend the City Council action June 18, we were not able to give our comments in support of the City installing rooftop solar on municipal buildings.  (About 60 people were there to speak on an agenda item before us.)  We felt our speeches would be too late when everyone was exhausted and it would not be a good strategy.

But I want to DEEPLY THANK the 12 or 13 members who attended, most of whom prepared to speak.  I was moved by our numbers, which increased since our similar action March 19.  Please don't think your efforts were wasted.  First, anytime we prepare a speech, we research and increase our knowledge base.  Second, the Council was aware of our continued presence, every session, and they realize we are committed and persistent.  Third, it demonstrates our cohesion and friendships.  Fourth, we enjoyed a delicious meal together at Clay Pot.

So, what do we do going forward?  First, I realize that because of my daughter's wedding out of town, I will not be able to attend the next session on July 2.  And councilpersons have indicated to me that a report from climate denier Bryan Shaw will be out later in the month.  So it may be best for us to respond to this report specifically.  And given his prior address to the Council, I expect it to promote natural gas and nix or go slow on renewables.  Thus,  I recommend we delay our organized multi-speaker action until later in the month of July.

Finally, our efforts at the June 18 Council meeting were not wasted, and I know you will all rise to the occasion when called on next time.  I will be in touch with plans for the next City Council action.  And to clarify:  I DON’T think focusing on the Council is the only possible approach, but I think if the Council were to move briskly to decarbonize it would set a direction and vision for other sectors of the city.

Please feel to email me with any questions or ideas:   anorthc@aol.com.

And again, sincere THANKS,

Alan 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Update: 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Show


Greetings 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit Participants--

We are excited about the upcoming climate show and are greatly appreciative of your participation. Here we would like to discuss a few important issues.

Students. Since we now have a Student Division of the show, with a separate judging and prize, we have a section on the entry form with the choice of "Adult" or "Student."  If this is completed by our artists, it will be easier for us to assign pieces for judging and prize distribution.

Extinction Rebellion.  As a bit of good news, it appears the climate movement finally has a recognizable symbol.  The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has done myriad climate protests and other actions throughout Europe and in the United States.  Their symbol is that of an hourglass within a circle, representing the very short time the science says we have to complete decarbonization.  And we mention it here also, as we think some artists may wish to incorporate the XR symbol in their art.  Here is the symbol:













Spread the Word.  We know that anthropogenic climate change is an existential threat.  Therefore, it is important that our art show reach as many citizens as possible.  Thus, it is vital that all artists spread the word about the show to their colleagues, students, friends and family.  This is one of the most effective methods of increasing entries in the event.  The flyer below is very useful for this effort.  We are very appreciative of your help in this work.

















Installation/Interactive Display.  We hope to use the accessory stairwell and landings at the Waco Winery for a larger exhibit, designed to be educational and hopefully interactive.  We have some scientific ideas but we would like to collaborate with one or more of our artists on this project.  We will offer some funding to cover the costs.  If interested, please email immediately at anorthc@aol.com.

We hope everyone is busy visualizing their piece or constructing it, and we wish all participants the best of luck.  Please remember that relevance to anthropogenic climate change is an extremely important criterion in the judging.  Please feel free to email anorthc@aol.com with any questions.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

JUNE MEETING/ACTION: SPEAK CLIMATE TRUTH AGAIN AT CITY COUNCIL: Install Rooftop Solar NOW

DATE:  Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

TIME: 
 Arrive 5:45pm, Session at  6:00pm.


WHERE:  Waco City Council meeting at the Bosque Theater of the Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue.  Bosque Theater is adjacent to the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel and City Hall.  Ample parking in these lots.  As soon as you enter the doors the Bosque Theater is evident.

LOGISTICS:  A table is present in front of the Theater doors.  Fill out a white card stating your demographics and your topic (municipal rooftop solar).  Enter Brazos Theater.  After short business items, individuals will be called by name to speak. 


SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER:  Each person has 3 minutes to speak, and a yellow light comes on the podium at 2 minutes 30 seconds. Given the short time for each speaker, there is absolutely nothing wrong with writing down your speech--this is very helpful when a talk is brief and has no associated slides. We are pushing the City of Waco to take a concrete step toward decarbonization by doing rooftop solar on some municipal buildings.  I suggest that each person talk about the part of solar energy that is most important to them.  Possible areas of discussion include:  cutting of GHG emissions, eventual monetary savings on energy, cleaner air, water conservation, improved citizen health, health cost savings, improved building resale value, creation of solar technician jobs, setting example for the public sector, improved Waco's image, impact on our children's future, and City demonstration of positive action NOW. 


STUDENTS/CHILDREN:  No students should be required to speak, but if they feel strongly about climate change and wish to speak, they should be encouraged to do so.  The presence of babies would help emphasize how critical climate action is to the next generation. 


SUPPORTERS:  We need everyone present in the Council auditorium:  those who don't feel able to speak, your presence and solidarity/support are critical. 


DRESS CODE:  The new Waco FOP/C T-shirts are recommended for all our members, to create a unified appearance. 


DINNER:  Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant, typically within walking distance of the Brazos Theater.  Of course, vegan options will be available. 


TRANSPORTATION NEEDED?: email anorthc@aol.com


QUESTIONS:  email anorthc@aol.com 
On March 19th, 10 FOP/C members spoke at this  City Council session and the result was very powerful.  We hope those 10 members will speak and that others will join.   The Go Renewable Waco campaign is ongoing, and we must continue the pressure for climate action.  Since the campaign began, the Sustainability Board did pass some recommendations for the council, but these were relatively weak, and not followed by action, to my knowledge.  Thus we will demonstrate our ongoing concern about anthropogenic climate change and demand  action.


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PROTEST AT EXXON-MOBILE ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS' MEETING, DALLAS

On May 29, Serena Teakell Rigby, her newborn daughter Elowyn, and Alan Northcutt joined about 50 other activists protesting  outside the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, where the shareholders of the climate criminal corporation Exxon-Mobile were meeting.  Excellent chants and short speeches ensued. It felt great to participate, knowing that the deception of this company is a major factor that has positioned our planet in a struggle now to avoid destruction of modern human civilization.   





























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Waco Friends of Peace/Climate table at Democratic Party "Blue Bench Training: Texas" June 8th, at University High, Waco


Provided business size cards with climate change action suggestions, contact info, references for further reading.

Gave out flyers for our September 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit. Interested artists please go to www.friendsofpeace.org

Slide Show on continuous loop describing 15 impacts of climate change.

Distributed free reusable shopping bags: we know the lifecycle of single use plastic bags yields a large amount of GHGs.

Gave a brief summary of our work on climate action & education to the attendees at lunch.

Thanks to Mary Mann for inviting us to participate.



















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SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS?


The April meeting ended early with no time for discussion of climate or renewables, the May 2nd and May 9th meetings were cancelled and reportedly there will be no meetings in June or July.  That will mean this Board will have done nothing on our existential threat issue for 5 months.  And this is from a Board that claimed it wanted to handle climate change.  We remained committed to the formations of a new Climate Action Board:  we have spoken at City Council and written about this.  It is truly an unbelievable and deeply disappointing situation.  If your house is on fire, you don't wait 5 months to put it out.  If the Board does meet again, we will be there!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

CALL FOR ARTISTS



NOTE TO ARTISTS
Below are the instructions for the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, to be held in September 2019. To enter the exhibit, please hit reply to this email and fill in the appropriate fields  which describe your art. The reply email is to anorthc@aol.com. We will accept late entries on August 25 and 26, if space allows.

CALL FOR ARTISTS
3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave., Waco, Tx September 2019



OVERVIEW
The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is a local non-profit organization dedicated to direct action and education to combat anthropogenic climate change. The goal of the art show is to raise awareness of climate change, emphasize that climate change is a global emergency, portray the ongoing effects, and suggest hopeful solutions. We believe that art, through its emotional/spiritual/mystical impact, enhances the scientific understanding of the subject. All submitted art should address some aspect of climate change. To encourage all artists, professional and amateur, to consider submitting their work, this 3rd annual show will take place in a larger, beautiful venue, requires no entry fee, and offers cash prizes.

The following are aspects of manmade climate change that could serve as topics for submitted art:
• Temperature increase of air, water, land
• Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, death
• Melting polar sea ice with loss of habitats (polar bears)
• Melting glaciers
• Sea level rise
• Flooding, submerged island nations
• Increased heavy rainfall with freshwater flooding
• More severe hurricanes (superstorms)
• Increased tornado clusters and more Eastern US tornados
• Flooded cities around the globe
• Worsening wildfires with longer wildfire seasons
• Coral bleaching and death, worldwide
• Ocean acidification with damage to shelled creatures
• Ocean dead zones
• Deforestation
• Forest damage due to increased temperatures
• Drought
• Crop failure
• Air pollution secondary to burning fossil fuels
• Famine
• Emigration and internation conflict
• Water shortage
• Loss of species, the 6th mass extinction, biodiversity collapse
• Spreading diseases, especially spread by mosquitos, ticks, other insect vectors
• Melting permafrost with methane release
• Fossil fuel company funding of misinformation to delay regulation of greenhouse gases.
• Impact on the military, with flooded bases, threat “multiplication”
• Renewable energy, including photovoltaic (solar panels), solar thermal (concentrated solar), hydropower, wave, tidal, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, waste-to-energy
• Geoengineering, including atmospheric aerosols (sulphates), carbon capture and storage, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
• Electric cars, electric busses, electric trucks, hybrid cars, hydrogen fuel cell cars
• Solar and electric aircraft.
• Batteries
• Plant-rich diet
• Soil and forest restoration including regenerative agriculture
• Green buildings, including green roofs, LED lighting, smart thermostats
• Household recycling and composting
• Alternative cement
• Refrigerant management
• Floating cities

This list is not comprehensive, as the climate system is extremely complex. Any topic related to mitigation of or adaptation to anthropogenic climate change is welcome.

TIMELINE 
Entry of Art by email: May 21 through August 24.
Entry Deadline: August 24 (please email by this date if possible so that we may plan our exhibit. We will accept pieces on August 25 & 26, however.)
Delivery of Art to Waco Winery: Sunday August 25, 2pm until 8pm & Monday, August 26, 2pm until 5pm.
Hanging of Art by Our Staff: Monday, August 26, 2pm until 6pm
Official Show Opening: Wednesday August 28, 2pm.
Voting for Peoples’ Choice Award: Wednesday August 28, 2pm, until Friday September 13, 12midnight.
Artist Reception with Awards: Saturday, September 14, 6pm until 8pm.
Closing Date of Show: Saturday, September 28, 12 midnight.
Pick-up of Art: Sunday, September 29, 2pm until 8pm & Monday, September 30, 2pm until 5pm.

PRIZES
The adult art will be judged as one group (all media), and given 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with a People's Choice award. The Student Award will include all entries by those 18 years of age and younger. Judging will be performed by members of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and a professional artist, and results are final. The following prizes will be awarded at the Reception: 1st-$1000, 2nd-$600, 3rd-$400, People's Choice- $400, Student $500. Art will be judged on relevance to the topic of climate change and on artistic merit.

RULES
• Age: there are no age restrictions in entering this art exhibit.
• Geography: entries are limited to those with residence within the state of Texas.
• Size: most sizes of hanging art (of any medium) are acceptable, except for murals. Space is           available for a few small to large sculptures. If a large sculpture is anticipated, please check with me to confirm space is available (anorthc@aol.com).
• Capacity: the venue size will allow approximately 65 pieces of hanging art, and multiple sculptures.
• Number of entries: three (3) entries are allowed per artist.
• Hanging requirements: all entries should be ready to hang, with a metal wire across the back of the piece. If received without this wire, the artist will be required to come to the venue to attach the wire.
• Each piece should be delivered with an 8.5X11 inch piece of white paper containing title of piece, medium, and name of artist. (A typed sheet is preferred) An artist statement is also allowed and must be typed and printed.
• Insurance: since the venue is a public place, the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate cannot guarantee there will be no damage to the artwork. The venue does not provide insurance for the art. Artists should consider purchasing their own insurance policy.
• Shipping: if the artist needs to ship her/his piece to the venue, the cost will be paid by the artist.
• Sales: Sales are between the artist and the buyer. No commission is received by the host of the show or the venue. It is requested that all art which is sold during the exhibit remain in place until the end of the show, September 28.
• Public Relations: the host of the show reserves the right to use images of any submitted art for PR purposes.
• Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is assisted by local artist Julie Milstead. We are deeply grateful for her expert consultation.

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate encourages all artists to consider entering this exhibit. There are many art shows in Waco. However, this climate art exhibit allows artists to utilize their artistic skill to play a role in combating mankind’s greatest challenge of anthropogenic climate change. Artists can take action to help preserve a livable biosphere for their descendants and for all the children of this world. For any questions or concerns, please email the Director of our organization, Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com

Art Show Entry Form

NOTE TO ARTISTS:
Thank you for your interest in the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.  Immediately below this Note are the Instructions for Artists. Please read carefully. To enter the show, please fill out the "Art Show Entry Form" below.  To do this, copy and paste the Form into an email.  Fill out the few fields with Artist Name, Name of Piece, Medium, etc.  Then email to anorthc@aol.com.  Please email by August 24 if possible.  We can accept late entries on August 25 and 26, as space permits. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me also at this email address.  Many thanks for entering the exhibit, and thus contributing to the fight against anthropogenic climate change.


All art should relate to mitigation of or adaptation to climate change.  Any medium is accepted, except for murals or very large sculptures.  Three (3) pieces may be submitted by each artist.  There is NO entry fee and top prize is $1000.  Please send your reply email by August 24th, and as soon as possible.  If the venue becomes full, we will accept pieces according to the date the email was received.

Since the 2018 show, climate science tells us that our situation is even more dire, and that action to combat climate change is urgently needed.  A recent UN report also informs us that biodiversity is extremely threatened, with 1 million species at risk of extinction.  Thus by entering this exhibit, you are using your skills to help  combat mankind's greatest challenge, which is an existential threat.

Questions: anorthc@aol.com
Thank you for entering.

Alan D. Northcutt, MD
Curator
Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
May 20, 2019


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ENTRY FORM FOR 3RD ANNUAL CLIMATE CHANGE ART EXHIBIT

Entry #1
Title of Art:
Medium:
Artist Name:
Date:
Email address:
Phone number:

Entry #2
Title of Art:
Medium:
Artist Name:
Date:


 Entry #3
Title of Art:
Medium:
Artist Name:
Date:


By submitting this entry form and by my name below, I release the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and the Waco Winery and their representatives of all liability and responsibility for any injury, damages, or loss sustained by exhibitors, guests, or works of art before, during, or after the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit as a result of the display of my artwork or materials.  I agree  to deliver and pick up my artwork during the dates and times specified in the attached Instructions for Artists.  I, an artist, certify that the work I submitted is original and produced solely by myself.

Name:                                                (typed)
Date:                                                  (typed)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE on the Lynn Woolley radio program, Friday, May 17, from 2 to 3pm


From Alan Northcutt:

Thanks to Lynn Wooley for providing time for the most important issue facing mankind. Lynn debated strongly but was fair, giving me equal time and never cutting my microphone (to my knowledge).

I believe I addressed adequately the issues Lynn brought up, except for one:
 
Lynn feels Al Gore, especially his lifestyle, is very important in this debate. Other conservatives bash VP Gore as well, and use this attack as a justification for rejecting climate science. I did not fully address the Gore question, since I had not really paid attention to his lifestyle, as it was irrelevant to me. This is my more complete response:

  • Mitigating climate change will depend primarily on POLICY changes, such as a carbon fee and dividend, or the Green New Deal. Individual choices are important, but policy is key. 
  • To create international policies, meetings of diplomats and scientists are necessary, and will require airline flight. The emissions from airplanes are an investment in creating policies which will produce the required massive slashing of GHG emissions. Thus VP Gore flies to international meetings to participate in these crucial negotiations. (And if deniers do not accept the connection of GHG emissions to temperature, why would they care about his airline flight history?). Further, Gore DOES purchase carbon offsets when he flies. 
  • By creating worldwide awareness of anthropogenic climate change, Mr. Gore did deserve the NOBEL PRIZE.
  • Analogy: if a researcher informed the entire world about a new deadly disease, would you reject his breakthrough because he drove a Mercedes and lived in a mansion? 
  • Most important, the greenhouse effect is a principle of physics discovered over 100 years ago. It will not be altered by rejection based on politics, or the personal habits of an individual, such as Al Gore.
However, personal actions DO affect GHG emissions, so it is important to look at the truth about Gore's lifestyle [data from Snopes]:
  • Gore does live in a very large house, but it was used as a home and as offices for Gore's business and his wife's business. 
  • Gore purchases his electricity from a provider that sources renewable-generated electricity.
  • Gore has installed solar panels on his home. 
  • Gore, in addition, has a rainwater collection system, geothermal heating., LED lighting.
  • Gore's home was rated 2nd highest category by US Green Buildings.
  • Gore purchases carbon offsets when flying.
I am certain this information ends any attempt to use VP Al Gore as a reason to reject the science of anthropogenic climate change.

Thanks again to Lynn and I hope we will discuss this vital issue on his show again very soon.