Inhofe vows to stop Goracle from using Capitol for Live Earth concert

posted at 11:55 am on March 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

They could have done this anywhere in America but the Gorebot evidently wants an imprimatur of American sovereignty on him and his pet cause. Even as the organizers assert that there’s nothing political at all, no sir, about the event.

Here’s hoping Inhofe gets it moved, if only to spare us the national trauma of the Dome appearaing as a backdrop in a Bon Jovi set.

Inhofe’s parliamentary powers can block indefinitely the resolution that would permit Gore to choose the capitol’s West Front for the U.S. leg of his seven-continent Live Earth concert tour — a collaboration between Gore and promoter Kevin Wall, who masterminded previous blockbuster charity concerts Live Aid and Live 8.

“There has never been a partisan political event at the Capitol, and this is a partisan political event,” Inhofe said yesterday…

Inhofe appeared to see little room for an accommodation that could allow the concert to go forward. “There’s no compromise. Either we change the rules or we don’t.”

Inhofe added that other members share his concerns, including unnamed Democrats as well as Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), ranking member of the Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over the concert resolution…

Chad Griffin, an adviser to Live Earth, was taken aback by Inhofe’s objections to using the Capitol to promote environmental health. The West Front was used to inaugurate Earth Day in a 1990 event, for which Gore, a former senator, sponsored the authorizing resolution.

“This is a totally non-partisan event,” Griffin said, noting that Reid cosponsored the concert resolution with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Actually, this is a partisan issue at the moment notwithstanding the involvement of centrist Republicans. But laying aside that fact, does this moron sincerely not grasp that making Manbearpig the face of the movement, given the unusual shrillness with which he’s attacked the administration and the treacherous depths to which he’s sunk to do so, makes it ipso facto polarizing? Not to mention that people are trying to draft him for president, which means the concert will also double as a campaign appearance? Not to mention the sheer visceral annoyance in Gore once again trying to marry his political pretensions to the entertainment industry, this time by coopting the Capitol for something as self-consciously cheesy and undignified as a rock concert?

In fairness to Gore, though, it’s a Republican who provided the dumbest quote on this:

Snowe, a longtime supporter of carbon emissions curbs who co-chairs an international climate-change group, said yesterday that she was surprised the concert idea had become controversial among her colleagues. She expressed hope that concert organizers would not be forced to move the U.S. performance out of Washington if the Capitol proves impossible.

“That would certainly provide an unfortunate message on behalf of the U.S., that somehow we’re languishing in our desire to combat the problem,” Snowe said. “We should be a leader in this endeavor.”

We’ve neglected our obligation to reduce global warming if Al Gore doesn’t get to rock D.C.? What?


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The spread of Goregellon’s disease is a concern.

bloggless on March 28, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Snowe’s a RINO. But it doesn’t matter. We’re better off celebrating now than when the Earth is destroyed as all life migrates to the poles.

Nethicus on March 28, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Snow, McCain, … so many RINOs in Congress these days. It amazes me how limp wristed some elected Republicans get when the polls turn against them. As much as I wish it weren’t true, without the Iraq war, Republicans probably still would control both houses of Congress. Kissing Al Gore’s behind won’t win them back. My point is, that a majority Americans still support conservatives politics, and they will want to vote for real conservatives. But if Republicans act like Democrats, voters will see no reason to vote Democrats out of office.

doufree on March 28, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Inhofe could start by posting up the carbon footprint of the proposed concert and graphing it in terms of electrical consumption, fossil fuels, trash, trees chopped down, water wasted, etc. etc. The way the Left does – something like this:
One AlGore concert in DC: five hours: Enough joules to electrify 10,000 African village huts for one year. Paper consumed: 5,000 new textbooks for poor inner city kids.
The Democrats do it all the time. “Hoe can we justify spending money to send men to the moon when we have people on welfare right here on Earth?”
Killed the space program and did nothing useful for the welfare problem.

naliaka on March 28, 2007 at 12:07 PM

I hear there are some beautiful places in northern Alaska they could use. Of course Canada or Mexico, being part of North America, might feel left out. So maybe they should have the concert in one of those countries instead. Better make that Mexico -the last Canadian I talked to liked the idea of things being a couple degrees warmer.

taznar on March 28, 2007 at 12:09 PM

How many carbon units/credits will Gore buy from his own company to cover the cost of this event? Or will they power all the lights, amps, giant TV screens with generators running on the good intentions of those watching?

Neo on March 28, 2007 at 12:12 PM

In fairness to Gore, though, it’s a Republican who provided the dumbest quote on this:

Great. Thanks, Olympia!

Maybe I should have done a write-in last year…

Slublog on March 28, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Hey, didn’t Bon Jovi already do that, for the NFL kickoff “event” a couple of years ago?

Steve LLamabutcher on March 28, 2007 at 12:18 PM

When did snowe become a republican? :confused:

lorien1973 on March 28, 2007 at 12:19 PM

In fairness to Gore, though, it’s a Republican who provided the dumbest quote on this:

Everyone who thinks Snowe is a Republican please raise your hand……..anyone?……….not one person?………guess not.

Capitalist Infidel on March 28, 2007 at 12:22 PM

…for the U.S. leg of his seven-continent Live Earth concert tour

Damn, I hope they’ve left enough time between dates to load all the solar-powered amps into a Prius for transportation to the docks.

Not sure which lucky city in Antarctica gets an appearance.

SPAM
If you haven’t checked out my audition tape for the tour on YouTube, please give a click. I promised myself a new Telecaster if I hit 10,000 views. (Or, if more, maybe even one made out of endangered old-growth wood!)
/SPAM

saint kansas on March 28, 2007 at 12:22 PM

When did snowe become a republican? :confused:

Mea maxima culpa.

But in my defense, her opponent was worse.

Slublog on March 28, 2007 at 12:24 PM

Rock the Cashbox Casbah

Tru2my2 on March 28, 2007 at 12:36 PM

Screw Gore.

georgej on March 28, 2007 at 12:40 PM

I’m still waiting for the scientific evidence of Global Warming.
I hate music concerts with political agendas. Bon Jovi Sucks.
Manbearpig is not transparent as he would like to be, he’s riding a emotional political gravy train and he knows it and he milking it for all it worth. And the Oprah, View, Dr. Phil crowd is sucking it up.

I rather see Pink Floyd, as soon as I find out which one is pink.

Kini on March 28, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Hey AllahP – you misspelled “leftist” as “centerist.” HTH.

jeffshultz on March 28, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Maybe we can get some nasty thunderstorms that day.

JammieWearingFool on March 28, 2007 at 12:50 PM

How many carbon units/credits will Gore buy from his own company to cover the cost of this event? Or will they power all the lights, amps, giant TV screens with generators running on the good intentions of those watching?

Neo on March 28, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Probably hoping that some good ol’ tax dollars will play a role in funding at least some of this “non-partisan” event.

Rick on March 28, 2007 at 12:55 PM

Why is the south the only part of the country capable of voting sane, america first people into washington? Is it really that bad elsewhere in the country?

lorien1973 on March 28, 2007 at 12:56 PM

This is beyond just being a partisan issue… we are talking about use the Capitol as part of a fundraiser for the Church of Climatology. Where are all the people who are forever screaming about the separation of church and state?

Watcher on March 28, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Why is the south the only part of the country capable of voting sane, america first people into washington? Is it really that bad elsewhere in the country?

Like I said, her opponent was much, much worse.

Plus Olympia is good on some issues – the war, land rights, second amendment (she has to be in Maine). I personally don’t like her, but when you consider the demographics and political leanings of this state, she’s pretty darn good.

Slublog on March 28, 2007 at 1:01 PM

I sincerely believe that these landmark concerts can do for climate change what Live 8 did for climate change.

I suspect John Kerry is pressuring them not to move the concerts because he’s so looking forward to Snoop Dogg’s and Akon’s sets. Because, as you know, he’s “fascinated by rap and hip hop.”

saint kansas on March 28, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Maybe we can get some nasty thunderstorms that day.

JammieWearingFool on March 28, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Oh that’s rich. A good old fashoined cold front on a hot and humid day in the Mid Atlantic region is a wonderful thing to behold. All that wind and rain. Maybe Bush can get Rove on that right away. Better yet, have the President direct a hurricane up the Chesapeake Bay. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Oh well. One can dream, can’t they?

JohnnyD on March 28, 2007 at 1:05 PM

Oh that’s rich. A good old fashoined cold front on a hot and humid day in the Mid Atlantic region is a wonderful thing to behold. All that wind and rain. Maybe Bush can get Rove on that right away. Better yet, have the President direct a hurricane up the Chesapeake Bay. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Oh well. One can dream, can’t they?

JohnnyD on March 28, 2007 at 1:05 PM

If I’m not mistaken, Lords Cheney and Rove have issued directives to us to start up our Republican issued global warmers.

Rick on March 28, 2007 at 1:08 PM

Chad Griffin, an adviser to Live Earth, was taken aback by Inhofe’s objections to using the Capitol to promote environmental health. The West Front was used to inaugurate Earth Day in a 1990 event, for which Gore, a former senator, sponsored the authorizing resolution.

In other words: “My boss has done crazy partisan events in DC before, so why stop us now? Our fevered world needs big money concerts with partisan shills now more than evah!”

And he’s wrong that 1990 was the inaugural Earth Day event. The first Earth Day event was in 1970, which by the very definition (as per the Merriam-Webster dictionary) of this transitive verb is “to bring about the beginning of.”

I’m sure Chad will roll his eyes with exasperation and condescendingly say that when he said the DC concert in ’90 was to inaugurate Earth Day he meant it in the sense that it was to inaugurate annual resource-draining rock concerts to raise awareness of how evil RethugliKKKans are draining Mother Earth of her natural resources….

This is why it’s tough to take anyone named Chad seriously.

ScottMcC on March 28, 2007 at 1:11 PM

JammieWearingFool, JohnnyD – There IS a history of bad weather chasing America’s enemies out of DC. Just ask the Brits, who found themselves on the wrong side of a tornado as they were trying to torch the place back in the War of 1812.

steveegg on March 28, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Hey stevegg, thanks for reminding me. I’ve always thought that was an Act of God. I guess I’ll be praying a little harder until then.

Now, just where the hell did I put that global warmer?

JohnnyD on March 28, 2007 at 1:33 PM

saint kansas on March 28, 2007 at 12:22 PM

Not bad Saint Kansas… when are you announcing your tour?

dalewalt on March 28, 2007 at 1:34 PM

SPAM…audition tape…/SPAM
saint kansas on March 28, 2007 at 12:22 PM

I think that’s a great audition tape, sk. But the odds of your being picked up for the concert?…uhdunno…

However, since I didn’t have to go to Cleveland to see it, that’s about a 600 mile offset, and I gladly give it to you! So if you happen to feel the embarrassing need to break wind today, relax, the methane offsets are already in.

eeyore on March 28, 2007 at 1:43 PM

I’m still waiting for the scientific evidence of Global Warming.

Kini on March 28, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Here ya go, Kini! Take a look at this. And by a Democrat, no less. Read the whole thing. The goracle should be brought up on fraud charges, not giving global concerts that are nothing more than pre-campaign appearances.

techno_barbarian on March 28, 2007 at 1:54 PM

Not bad Saint Kansas… when are you announcing your tour?

As soon as I get my coal-fired tour bus back from the shop; I’m having the seats upholstered in polar bear fur.

saint kansas on March 28, 2007 at 2:03 PM

I wanna be a saint kansas groupie!
I’ll paint my VW bus with global warming climate change slogans, greatful dead pictures, and live like a gypsy following path being lead by the nose and told what to do. Bathing optional.

Pretty much sums it up, huh?

Kini on March 28, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Good idea on thunderstorms! Can Karl Rove maybe get a hurricane to manifest itself?

wryteacher on March 28, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Maybe we should have a global cooling concert if you are talking about the 60′s and 70′s.

right2bright on March 28, 2007 at 3:46 PM

Bon Jovi? I mean, Bon Jovi? That guy’s hair care product use in the 80′s alone probably did more damage to the environment than the Exxon Valdez.

Good luck to Imhofe in stopping this farce. The Capitol isn’t there just to promote the Gorifice’s personal cult/business venture/indulgence racket by giving the illusion of U.S. government endorsement.

ReubenJCogburn on March 28, 2007 at 3:53 PM

They could go rock on one of those shrinking ice blocks floaitng in the North Atlantic. Now THAT would rock.

Mojave Mark on March 28, 2007 at 5:49 PM

My Senator made a stand worth standing for. Well he’ll make us Okie’s proud if he sticks to his guns. “Not a partisan event”…LOL!

thedecider on March 28, 2007 at 8:13 PM

My favorite from the comments over at Saint Kansas’ auditition
“Sadly, Sgt. Albert’s Warming Farts Club Band is issuing “hotwas” which are scaring gullible people. “

PattyAnn on April 11, 2007 at 9:02 AM