August 28th, 2008
09:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Gergen: Worth reading Gore's speech again

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gore addressed the Democratic National Convention Thursday."]Before it gets lost in the excitement at Mile High Stadium, it is worth going back and reading Al Gore's speech tonight. While his delivery was way too rushed, the substance of his speech was something that the country needs to think and talk about a lot more: a possible catastrophe building up around us.

Watch Gore's entire speech

Gore has been trying to tell the U.S. and the world for some time now about the dangers of global warming, and to his credit, he has been honored with both an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize for his efforts. But neither of the candidates - nor have the parties - spent enough time talking about what is ahead and what we must do. Every expert I know thinks it will require sacrifice on our part - higher prices for using fossil fuels. When will the candidates level with us on what is required?

Some of you, I am sure, disagree with Al Gore and perhaps you don't even like him, but I must say that from my perspective, we need to pay attention to what he is saying.

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Al Gore is a champion, and a man with vision. 50 years from now we will ask ourselves why we didn't recognize the greatest challenge of the day when it was staring us in the face, when it was being called out by the scientists. We will look back at how science has been discredited - it could get us to the moon and split the atom, but oh, convince us of the biological necessity of curbing our carbon reliance? - and revile that generation that was us. But we are not so dumb. More than half of us gave Gore our trust and voted for him in 2000. Since then, only republican smear has held their tenacious grip on power, despite crippling ineptitude, intact. It is not a revolution we need, but a counter-revolution to a republican coup d'etat and a return to reason and competence in government. OBAMA08

    August 28, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. NotFooledbyGore (or Gergen)

    David Rodham Gergen,

    Get real. Al Gore is a snake oil salesman. He stokes the fires of climate fear while selling "carbon credits" to himself in an effort to fool others into giving him money "for nothing".

    You are such a fool. It's a free country. But, don't try to bring us along with you....

    August 28, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. J.C.

    Why do Richardson and Gore have to speak today, instead of yesterday?

    If Richardson and Bill had spoken on the same night, that would be stronger evidence for One Nation.

    August 28, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Joe

    ALL men and women of good faith must rise up for a change enough is enough. Gop and all blood suckers must go!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a challenge to Humanity!, no doubt.
    ALL the lies, ALL the spining, all the blood spill, ALL THE KILLING MUST COMES TO AN END., ALL the war mongers must be stop and put to their place.
    "Whatever goes up must come down" The time is here!
    No going back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!now or never

    August 28, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. GeeMac

    Wake up America......Al Gore's speech was another wake up call for us. He was great. Democrats continue to make the differences so obvious between these two candidates!!! We need CHANGE and need it NOW.

    Not sure about these comments that Gore was boring...they are disappointing quite thought he doesn't know what he's speaking about. He knows what needs to be done and quite frankly I hope Obama appoints him as his Energy Secretary!

    August 28, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. Gerald

    Gergen-You're on target, but if we have the leadership to start addressing the issues now the necessary changes might be made without great sacrifice. Hopefully the candidate who wins in November will have the wisdom and courage to start guiding the nation toward environmental security. We face no greater threat!!

    August 28, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. OhioGirl

    I did listen. I have master's in science. I went through an honors program. I know science. It's my life. Gore makes me sick. He just doesn't understand science or the economy. Thank goodness he lost in 2000. I can't even imagine where I economy would be now.

    August 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. henry

    I really enjoyed Gore's speech, particularly comparing Obama's experience to Abe Lincoln's experience. But since Lincoln was a republican, I fear Gore may be giving McCain an opening. I can just hear McCain saying:

    "Senator, I knew Abe Lincoln, Abe Lincoln was friend of mine. Senator, you're no Abe Lincoln"

    August 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Parker

    This is an historic night, I am happy that I have lived to see this happen.

    August 28, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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