Live Earth, D.C. — Oh, C’mon. Who Are You Kidding?

By July 7, 2007Global Warming

The media bought — and so did we — the sales job that had a last-minute “Live Earth” concert being held in Washington, D.C. The storyline: Gore showed those dastardly Senators who tried to block the huge, righteous concert on the Capitol Grounds. They had the concert after all!

Hardly. Nothing of the sort. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian had already scheduled a day of events — including the Indian Summer Showcase 2007, which appeared to be absorbed into “Mother Earth — In the Spirit of the Live Earth Concerts.” There were already going to be performances, drum circles and spiritual/environmental speeches by tribal leaders. Al Gore and the Smithsonian’s organizers just figured a way to add Gore’s overtly political address and the Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood performance to an existing event.

Perhaps a few thousand people were there, with only a few hundred seeing the celebrities. (This photo was taken from pretty close in, actually.) It appeared that the Al Gore fans got closer to the stage than the Garth Brooks fans.

Anyway, excellent PR sleight of hand. We suspect the announcement of this supposed “Live Earth” concert in Washington, D.C, was delayed until yesterday in order to prevent questions. We can think of a couple, especially since the Smithsonian’s governance has been under lots of scrutiny lately. Off the top of our head: “Does promoting a political event, which argues for legislative action and the signing of international treaties, fit the Smithsonian’s charter? Will some Smithsonian’s donors object to the institution being made part of a controversial worldwide campaign for social and economic change? Did the Board of Regents — a political group, to be sure — know about the arrangements?”

And given more time, reporters surely would have been a little more skeptical and inquisitive, right? They might have checked with the National Park Service to see if and when additional security had been requested. Or asked Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) what he thought (Inhofe promised to block a Capitol Grounds concert as a partisan event).

Seems like a lot of questions should be asked. But “Live Earth” — despite being a radical movement to restructure the world’s economy — usually escapes probing questions, at least from the mainstream media.

UPDATE (4:20 p.m.): From Gore’s remarks:

“Some who don’t understand what is now at stake tried to stop this event on the Mall. But here we are, and it wasn’t the cavalry who came to our rescue, it was the American Indian.”

Whittaker Chambers:

Therefore, resistance to the Message cannot be tolerated because disagreement can never be merely honest, prudent, or just humanly fallible.

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Dexter Westbrook says:

    Mr. Disinterested Party:

    If Al Gore had his way, his greenboots would kick in your factory doors, and his carbon Nazis would make sure the only thing you produced would be assembled by hand. Cheap electricity? Forget about it.

    The self-righteousness of Al Gore and his ilk is the greatest danger to modern life since the Luddites.

  • Essex says:

    Some doth protest too much.

  • disinterested party says:

    I’ve been reading the NAM blog since it started, and subscribed to it as a feed, but it seems like (besides the “cool stuff being made” which is consistently great) every single post these days is something about Al Gore — why don’t you start actually advocating for manufacturers and do something positive instead of wasting your and my time on this? WHO CARES ABOUT A BUNCH OF CONCERTS? Get back to advocating and arguing about manufacturing!

    If this is what today’s NAM stands for, I will probably stop my support of NAM and take a harder look at AAM.
    Either way I won’t be reading this blog anymore. You just lost a manufacturing reader.

  • Poetry says:

    Local, city, county, state and the federal governments should be first to “go green.” Politicians should not be elected to public office unless they agree to convert every government building and vehicle to renewable energy. There are at least three reasons why this should be so.

    When all levels of government are taken into account, they control 40% of the economy. With that kind of economic incentive anyone who wants to sell to the government will hasten to meet the demands of its largest single buyer. Government will no longer have to pass laws to enforce cafe standards for instance. Rather the Government will simply tell auto companies, we want to replace our fleet of vehicles but will not buy anything that does get at least 50 mpg if it is gasoline based, or it must be a hybrid, or it must be fueled with renewable fuels.

    Another reason Government should go green first is national security. Part of every oil dollar paid for Middle Eastern oil goes directly into the pocket of terrorists. If we convert to renewable fuels that we control, we defund terrorism and protect ourselves simultaneously.

    Yet another reason to heed Al Gore’s clarion call on global warming is economic security. OPEC can not ruin our economy if we convert to renewable fuels that we control.

    And finally, suppose Gore is right? When anyone hypes anything as much as AL Gore hypes global warming, I have my doubts. But I can’t see what is harmed by going green so why not? The military is doing some research on alternative and renewable energy. Whoever is the next president of the United States should institute a “Go Green or Go Home” policy for the military. Those who come up with energy saving devices or methods as well as those who implement alternative or renewable fuels should rise quickly through the ranks. Those who don’t should be encouraged to seek employment elsewhere. As resourceful as marines are, for instance, I would bet they could make surprising advances in fueling everything from jeeps to an entire base through alternative means if left to their own devices. The military has through it’s contractors developed the most effective weapons in the world. If this same level of effort is turned toward greening the military we will be a safer, more secure, and more independent nation. We will create new jobs and industries and the air and water will get cleaner as a benefit.

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