Live Earth, D.C. — A Last Minute Addition

By July 6, 2007Global Warming

Very curious about the security involved here, now that the Smithsonian’s American Indian museum has agreed to host a Live Earth concert.

WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) – Initially rebuffed by Washington, former Vice President Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts found a last-minute home in the U.S. capital on Friday after Native Americans offered their museum for the worldwide event.

A few blocks from the U.S. Capitol where some Republican lawmakers had tried to prevent the Washington concert from taking place, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will host one of several Saturday concerts highlighting climate change.

“A couple of global warming naysayers used parliamentary tricks in the Congress to block that,” Gore said on CNN. “Well, instead of the cavalry riding to the rescue, the American Indians came to the rescue.”

Concert promoters initially sought the expansive National Mall as its U.S. venue, but two groups already had permits for that space, forcing Live Earth to find another location….

[The] space at the American Indian museum’s plaza, where the concert will be held, can only hold about 200, but video screens will be set up for larger crowds to gather across the street near the Capitol reflecting pool.

Thing is, there’s already the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival under way on the Mall — it’s a mass public event — and you’re all of a sudden adding rock stars, politics and more crowds? Seems ill-considered and awfully short notice.

Well, good luck. Keep the preachiness, faux science and government power-grabbing on that end of the Mall, please.

UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Part of an Earth Mother celebration, featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The Washington Post has more.

Their appearances — to be televised internationally, with the U.S. Capitol in the backdrop — will be high-wattage add-ons to the museum’s previously scheduled Live Earth spinoff, “Mother Earth,” a daylong program of performances and speeches by members of the Native American community.

The concert is free and will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the outdoor plaza of the museum, at 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW.

You may remember that Gore’s original Gaia-Festival was blocked from appearing at the Capitol grounds by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who objected to the event’s obvious partisanship. Thankfully, there will be none of that at Sunday’s events. No, instead just dismissive arrogance.

“A couple of global warming naysayers used parliamentary tricks in the Congress to block that,” Gore said on CNN. “Well, instead of the cavalry riding to the rescue, the American Indians came to the rescue.”

UPDATE (12:50 p.m.): Iain Murray observes:

How bizarre. Most activists will surely have already gone to, or be on their way to, the New Jersey show. The timing seems guaranteed to provide no audience whatsoever beyond the media. Ah.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Jan says:

    Is Iain Murray blissfully ignorant of the population statistics out of Washington, DC and its surrounding areas?
    “The timing seems guaranteed to provide no audience whatsoever beyond the media.”

    Excuse me? Are you serious?
    If so, what a complete idiot.

  • Fred says:

    Check out this US Carbon Footprint Map, an interactive United States Carbon Footprint Map, illustrating Greenest States. This site has all sorts of stats on individual State energy consumptions, demographics and State energy offices.

    http://www.eredux.com/states/

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