I enjoyed Dana Milbank's column about the "Goracle." Worth a read:
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) begged the Goracle to look further into the future. "What does your modeling tell you about how long we're going to be around as a species?" he inquired.
The Goracle chuckled. "I don't claim the expertise to answer a question like that, Senator."
It was a jarring reminder that the Goracle is, indeed, mortal. Once Al Gore was a mere vice president, but now he is a Nobel laureate and climate-change prophet. He repeats phrases such as "unified national smart grid" the way he once did "no controlling legal authority" -- and the ridicule has been replaced by worship, even by his political foes.
Gore has certainly become quite the celebrity of climate change.
Heh I liked this part
The lawmakers joined in. "There are a lot of ways to skin a cat," contributed Isakson, who is unlikely to get the Humane Society endorsement. "And if we have the dire circumstances we're facing, we need to find every way to skin every cat."
If it really went anything like that, it's a good sign that most Republicans aren't still denying the science. Of course when it comes to legislation like carbon tax or cap and trade, they still drag their feet for "economic" reasons.
The whole Goracle thing is irritating though, because Gore is nothing more than a spokesman. He becomes an easy target for people when he's no more than a messenger, and the message is coming from climate scientists. Then people use Gore's behavior (i.e. his home uses a lot of energy) as an excuse for their own poor behavior too.
I thought the Goracle stuff was a hoot. I'm a fan of Gore's since his Earth in the Balance days. It wasn't so long ago the man could not convey humor to save his life. All of this serves to publicize the issue, and the man is finally seen as human, with credentials that impress.
The skin a cat reference, on the other hand, didn't play well for me, but then as a naturalist I love using the one about killing two birds with one stone, so hey.