TEXT OF STORY
MARK AUSTIN THOMAS: Former Vice President Al Gore will testify on global warming before two Congressional panels today. His Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” has given Gore both popularity and credibility. But will his appearance make any difference in the climate change debate in Washington? Sarah Gardner reports from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk.
SARAH GARDNER: Al Gore’s had a rough couple of weeks.
After winning an Oscar just last month, the former vice president has been fending off charges that his Tennessee mansion consumes too much energy and that his movie exaggerated the global warming science. His hometown paper then bashed him for profiting from zinc mining.
But Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists says despite the recent backlash, Gore has the power to influence lawmakers’ opinions.
ALDEN MEYER: He has been tracking this issue longer than any politician I’m aware of. He’s studied it very seriously. I think he’s got tremendous credibility as a policy maker.
Republicans will try to counter Gore’s testimony at the House hearing with another witness.
Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg is author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist.” Lomborg says climate change is a serious problem, but “the cacophony of screaming doesn’t help.”
I’m Sarah Gardner for Marketplace.
We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.
Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.
In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.
Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.