BREITBART: Lose global warming now

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LOS ANGELES — The leaves on the trees outside my office - once a marvelous shade of green - have begun to turn red, brown and yellow, the frightening hues not coincidentally found on the flag of Hades. Thousands of these leaves lie on the ground dead, martyrs of human excess. I predict many more to fall to the ground as “la Dia de la Muerte” approaches.

Something in the Los Angeles air has the strong whiff of local warming, the feverish son of global warming, the vengeful godfather of climate change and the unforgiving stepfather of the coming weather apocalypse.

Yet sadly, while presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama drone on about some financial-bailout plan and a war in a very, very hot place, the No. 1 issue facing our planet - cataclysmic, life-altering, irreversible climate change, according to the true president, Al Gore* (see Diebold, 2000) - is being completely ignored by the two presidential contenders.

Someone needs to go to jail.

“We are entering a period of consequences,” Mr. Gore warned in 2005. Yet we ignore him three years later - after a summer filled with 90-degree days. And winters filled with snow falling like volcanic ash on the mountaintops. The flowers in the spring only create a false calm that summer eventually incinerates. It’s a yearly cycle we ignore at our own peril.

Though Mr. Gore endorsed him, Mr. Obama barely pays lip service to the crisis. And Senator John McSame … well, he’s just another Bushie in the bushes bushing with the other Bushes crafting a deal to drill under the Liberty Bell. While President Bush and family continue to hoard Utah oil shale in their Prada bags - America watches TV instead.

No one wants to deal with climate change because everyone understands that Hollywood is mostly to blame. That’s right - Hollywood. Even the sign is made of dead trees.

Just last week, the Nobel Prize-winning and Academy Award-adjacent (“An Inconvenient Truth”) Mr. Gore told students, “The world has lost ground to the climate crisis,” and made a dramatic call to action:

“If you’re a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration.”

But even if those coal plants are in foreign lands like Ohio and Pennsylvania, it doesn’t mean we Southern Californians must stand still and let the planet implode in front of us. That’s why I’m taking Al Gore’s lead and starting Code Green, a Hollywood organization whose purpose is to use civil disobedience to thwart the unnecessary use of energy in the entertainment industry.

Inspired by Jodie Evans, who started the antiwar group Code Pink, the menopausal performance artists known for interrupting public debate, Code Green will demand oversight over her group because, after all, her tidy little rage club is based in L.A.

No more trips from L.A. to Minneapolis on Northwest Airlines to protest the Republican National Convention. (I saw you wearing that tiara - in first class!) Mother Earth coughed up some smog while you chanted at the GOP, “Not one dollar, not one more, Don’t you dare buy Bush’s war.”

You are now not free to move around the country.

From now on, Jodie and Arianna, too, will be bashing their Bushes from home, telecommuting their unrequited anger by way of solar panels and the Internet.

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Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is the chief political correspondent for The Washington Times, the author of five books and a nationally syndicated columnist. His twice-weekly United Feature Syndicate column appears in newspapers across the country, including The Washington Times. He received the Warren Brookes Award For Excellence In Journalism in 1995 and in that same year was the host and co-writer of ...

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