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Gore gives environmental lecture at Duke

Posted April 8, 2010
Updated April 9, 2010

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— Former Vice President Al Gore shared his thoughts on environmental issues Thursday night during the 2010 spring Duke Environment and Society Lecture.

The 1,200 seats at the auditorium quickly filled, but the speech was also shown on closed-circuit television to those in overflow seating.

Solar, wind and geothermal energy are the answers to fixing the climate crisis, Gore said.

The Year in Entertainment Gore gives lecture at Duke

Gore shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of environmental causes. “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary on Gore’s environmental campaign, won two Academy Awards in 2007.

Some agreed with Gore's message that global warming will drastically change life on Earth.

"There are signs pointing to that, that we only have a finite amount of time to continue on the direction we are going," graduate student Harry Jones said.

Others were not supportive of Gore's message. A handful of protesters gathered nearby the auditorium.

"You are giving Al Gore a venue to promote his film and his notoriety without any chance of debate," said David Degerolamo, of the group NCFreedom.

Protesters said the data Gore uses to make his points have been disproven. They also argued that proposed fixes for global warming would be costly.

"I despise what Al Gore is doing. He is enriching himself at the expense of poor people," said Hans Mentha, with NCFreedom.

Members of the media were allowed to record video and audio of only the first five minutes of Gore's talk at the Page Auditorium on Duke University's West Campus. Photography was also limited.

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said Tuesday the restrictions are standard for his talks, but she wouldn't say why they were in place.

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  • jet2rdu Apr 9, 2010

    Al is right. It sure pays to be green. Al Gore was supposedly worth only about $1 million when he watched, at Bill Clinton's side, George W. Bush get sworn in as the president in January 2001. Gore's net worth exploded to over $100 million in 2008. He was, by selling, with the help of the Hollywood and the MSM, his “Green” agenda, able to increase his net worth 10,000 percent in less than 7 years!

  • WolfPackAlum Apr 9, 2010

    "and you fail to realize these "scientists" are not unbiased as they know the source of their income and will not lose their source of imcome"

    There is plenty of bias on both sides of the debate, however scientists are held to a much higher standard than politicians. As I stated before, the scientific method is there for a reason- much of that reason is to keep personal bias out of the picture. The point of science is to be objective, not to follow some hidden agenda.

    Global warming deniers pay their own scientists too, but they have not presented evidence with would overwhelmingly negate the currently accepted theory. Climate scientists are not out to protect their income (they can easily get just as much or more money from global warming opponents), they are just there to make obsevations about a very real problem. Let the politicians duke it out on what to do about that problem, and stop trying to discredit the scientists, who for all intensive purposes have a very high ethical st

  • WolfPackAlum Apr 9, 2010

    "following your "logic" they woould be opposed to expanding drilling as that would increase the cost of oil dramatically!!"

    This cost increases due to off-shore drilling are passed directly to the consumer, and US based oil companies will increase their market share (and thus profits) due to increased availablity of resources.

    Far reaching use of energy-efficient and alternative fuel technologies will reduce the global demand for oil, thus reducing their profits. There are two choices here -- oppose or delay the new technolgies, or attempt to pursue them and gain a foothold in the market. Oil companies seem to be doing a bit of both, but they still need to protect their cash cow.

  • Mojo Apr 9, 2010

    colliedave,

    Why does anyone who attended or graduated from UNC automatically "liberal"? A friend of mine graduated from UNC and she said it is about 50/50 among Conservatives and Democrats. Just look at all the Christian groups you can join there. UNC's one atheist group does not even have enough members so it cease to exist. UNC just had an anti-immigrant group called Youth for Western Civilization, a national organization with direct ties to hate groups and white nationalist websites. They are the group that invited former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.

    Click on "religious" then "search" on link below
    http://cf.unc.edu/dsa/union/studorgs/search.cfm

  • colliedave Apr 9, 2010

    Big Oil knows where the money is at, this is why BP can become Peyond Petrol

  • colliedave Apr 9, 2010

    Oil companies do what they can to keep this from happening (they are protecting their own interests after-all,
    WolfPackAlum

    following your "logic" they woould be opposed to expanding drilling as that would increase the cost of oil dramatically!!

  • colliedave Apr 9, 2010

    Nothing is proven for either side, but I would tend to agree with authorities on the subject rather than politicians and the overblown rhetoric of "news" outlets. to it, because they are protecting their own interests.
    WolfPackAlum

    and you fail to realize these "scientists" are not unbiased as they know the source of their income and will not lose their source of imcome; are you sure you went to State as opposed to UNC?

  • WolfPackAlum Apr 9, 2010

    "And in the year 2010, we found out that man made global was fake"

    No, we didn't. The few items from the IPCC report that were in question, do not negate the entirity of the evidence supporting man-made global warming. The IPCC report was not debunked and was backed up by independent review. Nothing is proven for either side, but I would tend to agree with authorities on the subject rather than politicians and the overblown rhetoric of "news" outlets.

    "So you think the opposition to all the global warming hype is entirely rooted in the oil companies? "

    I said nothing of the sort. I just stated that they contribute to it, because they are protecting their own interests.

  • batcave Apr 9, 2010

    sorry I missed it , I haven't slept well lately

  • Mojo Apr 9, 2010

    US oil company donated millions to climate skeptic groups

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/30/us-oil-donated-millions-climate-sceptics

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