The Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University was packed on Monday night. It was, of course, because of the keynote speaker at the Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs: Former Vice President Al Gore.
To paraphrase Bethine Church, who introduced the former VP, this year will be marked by two events, the Fiesta Bowl and the talk by Al.
Gore’s speech addressed issues of global warming and was very similar to his famous movie on the subject, An Inconvenient Truth, but updated with more statistics and findings from the past year. It also incorporated issues relevant to the Northwest and facts about specific climate-related incidents in Idaho, such as flooding, droughts and forest fires.
Instead of summarizing the speech or the conference, we instead just want to start a dialogue about Gore, global warming and what Americans can do to rectify the grim situation. So check out what some of the attendees said after the Gore speech:
“There was a lot more passion than the campaign, more than his movie even.”
– Saychelle Morris, Boise.
“It wasn’t robotic.”
– Zach “Yes, That’s My Real Name” Morris, Mountain Home
“I think if he ran for president in 2008, he’d have a real chance to win and make changes – he’s already made changes.”
– Gene Eilebrecht, Boise
“I think Gore represented himself very well and created a strong need for American and global change for global warming. He has statistics to back it up and provides a compelling argument. He dispels the ignorant myth that because the opposite can be said it must also be true… I don’t know, maybe we should just drive less.”
– Joey Schuler, Boise
“I agreed with (his message); I wish more people didn’t disagree with it.”
– Cynthia Davis, Boise
“Did you see that the Taco Bell Arena was selling bottled water during the speech? But as we were leaving, the trash cans outside were filled with plastic water bottles. People just threw them away after the speech; that place didn’t recycle anything. Isn’t that waste a contributing problem?”
– Luke Wilcomb, Boise
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