AccuWeather.com – July 5, 2007
ChronicleOnline – May 30, 2007
I first learned of this story on AccuWeather’s global warming blog but their coverage of it is fairly sparse so I am going to quote their sources as well.
I am concerned that Mr. Gore didn’t choose student engineers and scientists that could give presentations (yes, engineers can be trained to speak to a crowd as well). I would have thought that being able to effectively communicate would be only one criteria – the other being able to effectively understand the chemistry and physics involved. But then this program is being run by a politician who, at one time, claimed to have invented the Internet. Communication skills are probably the most important to him.
Interestingly, the ChronicleOnline reference that AccuWeather mentions does list a person with a technical background.
According to the project director, Jenny Clad, applicants were chosen on their ability to commit to doing 10 presentations and reaching unique groups of people. But, there were no questions in the application about the applicants background with meteorology, climatology or any kind of science.
With all the sobering projections about the Earth’s climate, former Vice President Al Gore probably wishes he could clone himself a thousand times to present slide shows about warming temperatures and rising greenhouse gases, such as the lectures documented in his award-winning 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Trainees were chosen from applications made through the Climate Project’s Web site that included questions about prior experiences with presenting, organizing and outreach.
…scientists estimate that to reverse warming trends, atmospheric carbon dioxide must be reduced by 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050, which can be reached with 2 percent reductions per year. “It’s a lifelong commitment for me,” she said. Three simple ways people can help reduce global climate change, she said, are driving less, eating local foods and buying only compact fluorescent bulbs, which use less than half the energy of conventional bulbs and last seven times longer. [Editor’s note: will that reach the goal of 80% reduction?]