Former Vice President Al Gore has written a 7,000-word essay for Rolling Stone magazine posted online Wednesday in which he criticizes President Obama for failing to take “bold action” on climate change. Gore contends the Obama Administration has made little progress on the issue. The former VP is a strident believer carbon dioxide created from burning fossil fuels is the overwhelming cause of climate change, an undeniable scientific fact according to him. I am not going to debate the science, the reasons of changes in weather, finger pointing at climate change deniers, discuss climate data fabrication or the plight of the polar bears. The interesting question raised: Is Gore right or he is wrong on the President’s actions or lack thereof?
The history of climate change policy or global warming legislation in this country and attempts to address it are far more complicated and involved than the 7000 words penned by Gore. By way of disclosure, let me say, I worked on climate change legislation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the past 5 years.