There has been a wildfire raging in the mountains behind our home for almost two weeks now. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if there weren't so many dead white fir (pine) trees up there - set to burn as soon as conditions became bad enough.
But, this area has seen years of drought. And the bark (pine) beetles have killed a third of the trees in some areas. In a way, this was just a disaster in the making... And what is responsible? We can't ignore global warming. The effects of climate change have been brutal and continue to get worse.
There are some people who want to ignore the effects of global warming. But I can't. The forest behind my home is on fire.
If you think you know who Al Gore is from what you've heard on TV; you're likely wrong. If you haven't heard his speeches, please get to know Al Gore. This is one of the most inspirational speeches I have ever heard.
"We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet," Al Gore said in this speech. "Every bit of that's got to change." For the first minute, Al Gore thanks a few people, but it's well worth the wait.
If you don't have a fast enough internet connection click here to read about his speech.
Al Gore was also on Meet the Press. You can watch his interview - click here.
To see Al Gore's update to An Inconvenient Truth - click here.
Once you see these videos, it becomes so much more apparent how much we've really lost in the past 8 years.
In contrast; George Bush has viscously insulted every responsible country (and person) on the planet at the G8 summit. Bush ended the meeting saying "Goodbye, from the world's biggest polluter." And then he punched at the air.
Also in contrast; a smoking gun has been found that shows, on paper, that Dick Cheney has been responsible for the suppression of evidence that global warming will harm us.