Gore nears half a million signees, his book comes out in May

Al Gore is in DC this week, testifying before Congress, saying it's time to act on global warming. As of yesterday, Al Gore's call to action had netted 405,787 signatures. Once they reached the goal of 350,000, a new one was set of 500,000.  That's an amazing number, and in March! For reference, Dean's campaign reached 500,000 in November or December. That a tremendous number of activists, and where did they all come from?  It seems to have been very under the radar of the blogosphere or Moveon?  Also, Gore has a book coming out in May, which is sure to generate political buzz, called The Assault on Reason. This looks like a book that passes by the flowerly language of activism and gets right to the battle our political time:

A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.

At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.

We live in an age when the thirty-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.

How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste.

Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

May 22nd, Al Gore's book hits the stand. Nice timing.

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Climate Crisis Action Day

Don't know if C-SPAN is covering it but today at 11 AM there's a rally in front of the Capitol on global warming: Climate Crisis Action Day, with speeches by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry, Reps. Edward J. Markey and Henry A. Waxman, and Mayor Stanley Tocktoo of Shishmaref, Alaska.

Read more in the WaPo piece.

by The Cunctator 2007-03-20 06:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees,

Looks like a great book.  What's special about May 22?

by Go Vegetarian 2007-03-20 06:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees,

End of the school year perhaps?

by heyAnita 2007-03-20 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees,

It's the International  Day for Biological Diversity.

by Flynnieous 2007-03-20 06:50AM | 0 recs
ore nears half a million not enough
IMHO Moveon.org wasn't that surprised and actually quite pleased about all of this.  I think any American that sees other Americans figure out things by themselves, has just a little bit more faith in the idea that people can rule themselves and democracy actually works.
I know I was happy to see the signatures there! I think we should blow past 500k
by heyAnita 2007-03-20 06:25AM | 0 recs
Just for fun, here's the signature link

please feel free to sign on if you think that global warming is an issue we need to address

http://www.algore.com/index-splash.html

by heyAnita 2007-03-20 06:28AM | 0 recs
Er.. Jerome You have a BIG TYPO

TYPO Jerome. You said "Assult on Reason" . Fix it. That looks reaaally dumb.

by heyAnita 2007-03-20 06:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees

I never trust candidates or causes when it comes to number of petition signatures -- duplicates and false names are too easy.  Money, however, I believe -- though he's not raising any.

by Adam B 2007-03-20 06:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees, his book co

I pre-ordered that book in January. I can't wait. Don't forget to sign the petition and send the link to everybody you know.

by nibit25 2007-03-20 06:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees, his book co

It's a good book, and another hint-but-no-hint that he may run. Leftisphere had a pretty good writeup about how this kind of petition campaign is the beginning of a list for his Presidential run, should he choose to do it. In the comment, I asked whether this was a way just to build up his list and Luigi made a great point:

He's using AlGore.com to run the petition drive, which is strongly branding this as an Al Gore thing and not a larger organization thing.
.

With this new book coming out not about the environment specifically, I'm starting to really think he's just running a wonderfully innovative campaign that allows him to take whatever position he wants to (after all, he's not running), build up a list, stay in the public eye and do some good rather than only puffing himself up -- all from outside the normal back and forth politicking. I like it.

With that said, a lot of this strategy rests on the fact that he isn't running. I think that's what makes it so cool.

by afertig 2007-03-20 06:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees, his book co

It seems to have been very under the radar of the blogosphere or Moveon?

I've seen this get passed around e-mail lists and Facebook -- that's probably where some of its "viral" nature comes from.

by whogotthegravy 2007-03-20 07:13AM | 0 recs
Gore's coming book tour

I never go to book signings, but when Gore comes to Chicago, I'll be there to give him one of these:

http://www.cafepress.com/gore4prez2008.7 4601521

by Jim in Chicago 2007-03-20 08:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees...

Gore is our only hope for the US and the world.
Beside the book in May, he also has the concert in the summer and the Nobel nomination in the fall. I think he's playing this "un-campaign" like the master that he has become. It's being reported that he's even beginning to lose weight.(good move)

Gore/Richardson is my first choice but i'd settle for Gore/Obama (for the MSM excitement factor)...and I mean settle...other than the celebrity factor to draw crowds and the ability to deliver a good speech, I'm not that impressed.

by sammy1 2007-03-20 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees...

Gore/Richardson!

by nibit25 2007-03-20 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore nears half a million signees, his book co

Gore/Obama this is a ticket without baggage. The right will have to make stuff up and that always back fires. Gore is class Obama is class both speak the truth. Neither will lie to get elected. Please Al say it say you will be our next President!

by KevinB 2007-03-20 09:49AM | 0 recs
Gore's Draft Fund

I'll just point out that Gore's ActBlue Draft Fund has been growing at a more rapid pace the last month with more pages and extra donors popping up. That complements the work being done by groups like DraftGore.com and PledgeforGore.com.

by KTatActBlue 2007-03-20 11:51AM | 0 recs

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