Tilting at windmills

Former US Vice-Pres. Al Gore recently gave a speech indicting the Bush adminstration for what he termed its inaction on global warming.He gave the speech in New York on Jan. 15, a day that many areas of the US Northeast recorded the coldest weather in a half century.On Jan. 14, the Drudge Report said that Gore planned the speech against the counsel of senior advisers "in what political watchers are calling possibly the biggest gaffe in years."However, subsequent coverage of that speech as a gaffe proved underwhelming. Newswire stories even dutifully noted that Gore claimed the brutal cold afflicting the Northeast then was indicative of the weather extremes that would accompany the planet&...

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