- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2009

Former Vice President Al Gore returned to a House committee where he began his political career to take lawmakers “Back to the Future” Friday, offering a strong endorsement of a Democratic draft bill to curb greenhouse gases and address global warming.

Mr. Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental activism since leaving the White House, and former Sen. John Warner, Virginia Republican, threw their support behind the climate bill offered by Democrats House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman of California and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts.

“Passage of this legislation will restore America’s leadership of the world and begin, at long last, to solve the climate crisis,” Mr. Gore said. “It is truly a moral imperative. Moreover, the scientific evidence of how serious this climate crisis is becoming continues to amass week after week after week.”

Mr. Markey said Mr. Gore’s appearance reminded him of a movie, but not the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” which won the former vice president an Oscar.

“I’m thinking of another movie: ‘Back to the Future,’” Mr. Markey said, noting that Mr. Gore’s testimony builds on work he began decades ago.

“It is sometimes said that a prophet is someone who is right, but too soon,” Mr. Markey said.

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich is set to continue the day’s mix of politics past and present, when he is expected to attack the Democratic draft bill before the same subcommittee.

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