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Going green is all the rage now. Interior designers, car companies... Even McDonald's is doing the green thing. I have family members working for Greenpeace now. Green, my friends, is the way to be.

And Robert Redford agrees. We all know him as an Oscar-winning actor and director, but Redford has also been an environmental activist for over 30 years. He's done everything from lobbying Congress to producing documentary films about solar power. And, perhaps as an attempt to make Green seem hip, his most recent endeavor involves youth. Slam poets, to be exact. Sundance has teamed up with Youth Speaks, a presenter of spoken word performances, to get the message out, in rhyme.

Robert Redford joins us to talk about his work, and we'll also hear slam performances from two poets.

What have you done recently to get the message out about going green?

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I believe Lauren Whitehead epitomizes what is unique and fresh coming out of an emergent slam poetry scene. Big up!!

Sent by Jacob | 3:13 PM | 7-16-2008

So Mr. Redford is becoming the Pied Piper of the Church of Global Warming! He has to reach out to kids since only they will believe him.

Sent by Steve_G | 3:18 PM | 7-16-2008

There was a good documentary on Youth Speaks which was on PBS in 2001, Poetic License

http://www.itvs.org/poeticlicense/

And this is a 2004 five minute profile of a Youth Speaks poet

http://www.archive.org/details/youth_speaks_poet

Sent by Steve Rhodes | 3:25 PM | 7-16-2008

I appreciate that you guys can attract such a wide fan base. I'm a 19 year old student from Boise, Id and going to school in Bozeman, Mt. As far as youth getting involved in the "Green Movement" I think that there are certain aspects that we are more readily able to take part in. For example much of the time we are economically driven to take the greener route in life. I ride my bike because not only am I trying to do my part but I also don't mind having the extra cash I save on petrol. My friends and I have also developed a kind of game in conserving power and water in our house, going by such old bathroom rules as "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." The only people in my life that I have a hard time biting onto the green movement are my parents. In my perspective it is the older generation that is not necessarily doing there part.

Sent by Steven Hoffman | 3:28 PM | 7-16-2008

Sure, green is trendy... when it's defined by just another kind of consumerism. Recycling, riding your bike, turning the lights off at home, turning the AC down, etc. -- these are all personal actions/choices that nobody else really sees you do. Actually living your life green is a lifestyle change.

Sent by Sarah H. | 3:32 PM | 7-16-2008

Dear "Talk",
I am just an ordinary guy of 59 years old. I want to say that your first poet today was so incredible in composition and insight that my eyes welled up while listening. It is important that the "Green" focus be picked by those that will inherit this earth but aside from that, your first poet showed such talent that I believe she is destined for great things, not necessarily fame but greatness in the lives that she comes in contact with every day. And that is how the Green message will be spread.

Sent by Rick Sabral | 3:34 PM | 7-16-2008

Since there are many people coming to the Youth Speaks Poetry slam by airplane, is anybody paying for carbon off-sets for these flights????

Sent by Amy Ehrlich | 3:36 PM | 7-16-2008

I would like to ask Mr. Redford if he has calculated his ecological footprint and what it is?
Would Mr. Redford be willing to publish the details of his ecological footprint?
I am very dubious of actors and celebrities preaching the rights and wrongs of environmentally friendly life style when they are jet setters around the planet.
It is disrespectful to preach the sins if you can walk the talk.
Thank you.

Sent by steve broyles | 3:37 PM | 7-16-2008

Why does everything come down to an race issue? Global warming is everyone's problem. While you may not be able to purchase a hybrid car you can certainly purchase a CFL or even a $.99 bag to eliminate some plastic grocery bag. I'm middle income and I cannot afford a hybrid but I seek other ways that I can make a difference. Everyone can do whatever they can instead of sitting back and complaining. On another note, many states have energy efficiency programs budgeted with $1000's of dollars to help the lower income citizens to become more green. For instance, in addition to free CFLs, there's also programs that provide air blower tests, weatherstripping, cash rebates for more efficient equipment, (A/C, washers, etc.) Much can be done but people need to get off their rumps and participate.

Sent by janine pittman | 3:37 PM | 7-16-2008

The ultimate irony might be that "living sustainably" has historically been the domain of the poor - only the rich could "afford" to waste anything.

Now, it seems that only the well-off can "afford" to "conserve"- buy solar panels, hybrids and more.

Odd, eh?

Sent by Morf | 3:38 PM | 7-16-2008

Hi,

I'm writing to address the often-raised issue of environmental elitism - that is, that only those with enough wealth can afford to be green. I've thought a lot about this, and it's true, to be a "green consumer" costs more. But, in reality, it's very cheap to be environmentally friendly. If you flip that equation around, you have what my dad always preached to me - turn out the lights, reuse ziplock bags, don't buy single-use stuff, focus on classic clothes that you can keep longer...The idea wasn't to save the environment, but to save money. As I am living at a low income level, this has become reality for me, and it's just a way for me to live more simply because I have to save money. So, I just wanted to point out that there are certainly ways to be green on a small budget, even if that's not the original purpose

Sent by Elizabeth | 3:41 PM | 7-16-2008

I teach middle school science and saw student's eyes glaze over when I mentioned global warming and other environmental problems.

However, they sat forward and became engaged when I started talking about what local groups are doing to "fix" environmental problems in our area, and when I mentioned all of the new sciences that are starting up in order to address these problems.

I now finish my unit on current environmental issues by making a list of the problems, and then making a second list of all of the things we are doing to address the problems. I think we have to empower our youth and not just expose them to all of the problems, otherwise they feel helpless and check out.

Sent by Alison Charbonneau (shar-bo-no) | 3:41 PM | 7-16-2008

I am listening to this wonderful program and one young woman said- "we never learned this" meaning recycling or environmental awareness from her parents or in school.
I am 50 and have been very green all my life...my parents simply taught my sister and me economy of consumption and respect...respect for our bodies (and what we put in them) and respect for the world we inhabit. Are those concepts archaic now in the 21st century. It is almost as if we need to teach lessons in common sense and sensibility! Thank you for your attention!

Sent by Tillie Styles | 3:41 PM | 7-16-2008

Enjoyed the show

Sent by suzanne | 3:42 PM | 7-16-2008

America has always set the stage it seems. I think it would be wonderful if our youth could somehow reach the youth of India and China considering their rapidly growing economy.

Sent by Patricia Clemente | 3:43 PM | 7-16-2008

I disagree with the guest's claim that cost prohibits the poor of society from being "green". Because they consume less, six poor people living in a one-bedroom apartment (the guest's example) may actually have a smaller carbon footprint than one person who lives in a house and driving a Prius.

The real tragedy is the disadvantaged groups are the first groups to bear consequences of those who do not go green.

Sent by Brandon | 3:46 PM | 7-16-2008

As a consumer advocate for utility customers, my frustrated colleagues and I have written a little poetry too--about the unending and often futile battle to keep utility rates reasonable. We do it to fight the tension of losing a lot more than we win. While it's wonderful that young people--and older people, for that matter--are becoming interested in the environment, those of us involved daily in utility matters often dread dealing with environmental activists because they are so woefully ignorant of economics, utility ratemaking procedures and what I would call the whole political and subpolitical process of distributing the costs of cleaning up the environment to the public. While Wall Street may be making money "going green," utility customers are picking up a large portion of the tab, at a time when utility rates were already on the rise. Please urge young people interested in being activists for the environment to educate themselves about utility regulation, economics and the realities of the political process: wind power is not free; clean air comes with a high price tag; and politicians afraid to impose taxes are insuring that the costs of environmental remediation are buried instead in the ever-rising costs of gasoline, electricity and natural gas. We who advocate for utility customers are not opposed to going green, but we are often accused of being negative because we, more than a lot of the public, understand the true costs of going green, which is now making and will continue to make a tremendous impact on utility rates, and on the families who pay the bills.

Sent by Niki Christopher, Staff Attorney, Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board, State of Kansas | 3:49 PM | 7-16-2008

The trendy, pop-environmentalism, green movement totally ignores the real work done by scientists and engineers to fight climate change. They make a fuss about how Leo DiCaprio now travels on commercial airlines to save fuel, but bash nuclear power and try to sell us wind and solar which are the most inefficient power sources available. It seems to be more about neo-hippies reciting slam poetry about environmental racism than real research and development. Industry is not the enemy, the world in the next decades will be cleaner and greener because of scientists and engineers. While the "go green" people are patting each other on the backs for carpooling in their hybrids to a showing of An Inconvenient Truth, we unsung, in R&D will be busy fixing the world.

Sent by J Fuerst | 3:55 PM | 7-16-2008

Please put Simone's poem on your site. My students have participated in a slam at our local library. It was a great opportunity for an intergenerational exchange. Adults applauded their work. I teach in a small rural high school on the Columbia River in Washington. I live in one in Oregon. These rural kids KNOW what they have around them. They have great insight about the challenges presented by wealthy boomers changing it, too. They care. It is important for us all to juxtapose rural and urban voices and support them.

Sent by sheila dale | 4:01 PM | 7-16-2008

I just happened to listen to your show as I was driving with my kids - 5 and 2 yrs. old - back from their swimming lessons. They're my life and as such the world we leave to them, as well as to all the other children their age is important to me. I must admit that before I became a mom I wasn't so concerned about the state of the earth. yeah, I did recycle, because I thought that was important. I did wonder about the weather for instance, why in 1997, we didn't get any snow during October and November, and December when we usually had snow then. Everybody blamed it to El Nino. To this day, many people still think is because of that.
In 2003 I truly worried, in 2005 in the midwest we had a heat wave like no other I had experienced and they say that the hottest summers have been the summers of 03, 05, 06, and 07. Pattern?
Every time I take my kids to the zoo I make an emphasis to go and see the polar bears. Magnificent animals that many say are in direct threat due to global warming.
I don't thing going in green is a trend. No if you want a better world for our children and grandchildren, and all the other generations that have a right to enjoy this beautiful place God gave us.
With my children and husband we try to help in what is accessible to us: We recycle, instead of using plastic bags at the grocery store we use fabric bags, that can be used a trizillion times, we try to limit the amount of water we use, as well as electricity.
My husband takes the train to work from our suburb home to the St.Louis. I know we still have a lot more that we can do, but is a start. In your show someone said that living green can be discriminatory, since you need money to go green. It can be if you want to do drastic, humongous changes; however, you can still make an impact, if you do such small things as recycling, using less electricity when possible, walking or taking public transportation when possible.
Today my son said something that surprised me: "Look mommy, is the recycling sign." Maybe is not much, but he is becoming aware, and he is only 5. Maybe he is becoming green.

Sent by Cristiane Bramble | 4:04 PM | 7-16-2008

I would like to thank Robert Redford and YouthSpeaks for bringing up the issue and involving the youth with environmental activism. I have worked with inner-city kids in Oakland that focused on empowerment through performing arts and international community service in developing countries. I am also in the midst of establishing a social justice group for at risk-youth in San Francisco. From both experiences, I can tell you that it is hard for the youth to be concerned or passionate about global warming. There are too many basic competing demands and issues that are more important to voice out in the community such as poverty, violence, racism, lack of good teachers and even the unavailability of books and pencils in public schools! For this reason, I think the trend to "fashion" green seems to be more of an action that can be afforded by kids who do not experience the same struggle in their communities. However, I think it still can be done. It will just take an enormous amount of effort to educate underprivileged youth about global warming and how it directly affects them. We have been fortunate to have kids performed spoken word with great passion and conviction condemning the war in Iraq, racial profiling and social inequality. I still yet have to see a kid performing and screaming on top of his or her lungs about global warming in East Oakland. Perhaps Mr. Redford's and Youth Speaks effort and movement will motivate all youth regardless of background.

Sent by Pablo Soledad | 4:31 PM | 7-16-2008

Listening to todays broadcast with Robert Redford, I found it frustrating to hear people claiming that "being green" is more costly than the alternatives. Pundits repeatedly use the hybrid vehicle as an example of how environmentally responsible, i.e. sustainable, lifestyles are "too expensive" for the common citizen. This is a false and manipulative claim.
First, the idea that we have to buy certain items in order to be "green" is erroneous. In fact, not buying items may be the real key to being "green." Or, in the case of vehicles, how about a bicycle? The "green" label on everything from food to fashion has become a marketing tool that distracts people from truly responsible choices.
Second, recycling is only one of the three "R's" and perhaps the least important. Reducing and reusing items is paramount to shrinking our carbon footprint. Our consumptive lifestyles have led us to believe that tossing our trash into the recycle bin will absolve us from our wasteful behavior.
While it may take some big bucks to transition our national energy grid from oil to whatever comes next, living more simply and perhaps literally "walking the talk" more often, costs less, not more for everyone.

Sent by Katherine Darrow | 5:37 PM | 7-16-2008

As a high school Environmental Science teacher, I was thrilled at your topic and guests today, and dismayed at how incessantly Neal kept bringing the discussion back to global warming. Our political candidates, the media, and even most environmental groups over-emphasize global warming, ignoring the many other important environmental issues.

The young female poet on your show was absolutely right when she said that there are MANY other environmental issues of more immediate concern for inner city youth, often connected to the social & economic problems of our time:

- Toxins and pollutants
- solid waste and water, air, soil, noise, and light pollution pollution.
- Environmental racism / environmental justice (disproportionate exposure to the above problems, disproportionate proximity to industries and waste sites; lack of access to natural areas or to healthy, sustainably-produced foods, etc.)

I taught in an inner city high school in Rochester, NY. Many of my students had NEVER been to the shore of Lake Ontario, just a few miles away. Youth in impoverished inner cities are as disconnected from a healthy environment as they are from healthy social environments. It shouldn't require too much encouragement for them to express their justifiable outrage about both.

- Fred Werner
Oakland, CA

Sent by Fred Werner | 6:21 PM | 7-16-2008

Let's see...the planet is not warming, it's cooling. So Redford and the rest of the tree hugger enviro-Marxists can say all the poetry they want to. Since there's no warming, their poetry won't have any affect on anything....except maybe all that hot air they keep putting out into the environment.

Sent by Stephanie | 6:49 PM | 7-16-2008

I wonder what Redford's "carbon footprint" is?

Sent by Chef | 6:50 PM | 7-16-2008

phony crap! If he really believes in the environmental movement then why does he drive a car, live in a house, and use electricity. All you Liberals are fake and most of you have fake ones too

Sent by James | 6:51 PM | 7-16-2008

Finailly someone is doing something to STOP global warming. Poetry!!! Who would have ever thought poetry would be the answer. Well I guess throwing poetry at over hyped non existent problem can't hurt since the problem isn't really a problem.

Sent by tmmt | 6:56 PM | 7-16-2008

Most of the green movement, including Redford and his anti-even-the-war-that-will-protect-us attitude... is a bunch of BS. Al Gore's facts are not facts, they are a Joseph-Goebbels presentation.

Sent by BigPoet | 7:08 PM | 7-16-2008

You must vote for obama www.muslimsforobama.com

Sent by Hussein | 8:20 PM | 7-16-2008

redford is a glorified mental midget and personifies classical marxism.

Sent by tom richards | 9:10 PM | 7-16-2008

Mr Redford is an elitist with all the money he could ever spend. He doesn't care who the global warming scam effects, the working people of America. So go ahead and and wright poems only your fans will ever read. The rest of us will suffer with your misguided policies

Sent by Al Gore in a liar | 9:11 PM | 7-16-2008

Well ... as a matter of fact some friends and I got together about 5 months ago because we wanted to do something that would reach kids at a very young age and teach them about going green in a fun, musical fashion. (We're all professional musicians and have children ranging in age from 3 - 11.) The result is Let's Go Green Kids! A ten-song CD with really fun, catchy and intelligent songs about going green, Let's Go Green Kids! has been met with such enthusiasm I had to share. The web site is www.letsgogreenkids.com. We encourage you to take a look at the site and see how we're reaching these kids through music, fun and laughter.

Thanks so much for providing a vehicle for this kind of awareness! And please feel free to contact us if you feel there's any way we can help the cause!

Sincerely,

Scott Urquhart
Lets Go Green Kids!

Sent by Scott Urquhart | 9:27 PM | 7-16-2008

I have been following the lead of Al Gore.....I run up the highest home energy bill possible. I drive a BIG SUV. I laugh at all the Gullible Warming folks that think there is anything that they can do that will change the earths climate. This earth has survived every attack possible for 4 1/2 Billion years. We have only been able to attack it for 200 years.

Sent by Alan Wiese | 9:30 PM | 7-16-2008

Wouldn't it have been great if they had awarded a poet who's grammar was good?

Sent by Kim Stein | 10:49 PM | 7-16-2008

I am a real environmentalists and when pseudo-environmentalists like Redford claim nuclear power is "dirty" I point out that in total contrast to the highly controversial atmospheric pollution from fossil fuels, including mercury and all of the other toxic metal and gaseous pollutants - implicated in the premature deaths of about 100,000 people per year in the U.S. alone - the total radioactive waste produced from the back-end of nuclear power operations (40,000 tonnes per year in the entire world), is 100% managed and controlled and injures no-one, not even those who work closely with it. NO ONE!

Sent by Peter Grynch | 10:51 PM | 7-16-2008

It is Written
by Gary William Croft

When Earth is bereft
of "the birds and the bees"
and we must move away
from the rising seas,

What will our children's children
say about us
throwing them under
the proverbial bus?

That we laid low and laughed
in the face of death,
drinking oil like a drug
while we held our breath?

Intimations of doom
in Nature are writ ...
Heed Her warning
or She will write our obit.

Sent by Gary William Croft | 11:04 PM | 7-16-2008

One of my colleagues and I received grant funding to establish an outdoor classroom and a school lunch composting program where we teach. We are a language arts/visual art teaching duo in Tennessee. At our groundbreaking, 25 of our teachers came away from summer vacation to build and plant garden beds and learn about composting and companion planting. This outdoor classroom is to be the second step in environmental ed at our school--the first being to establish a school recycling program in a town that doesn't recycle. (Hard to believe, but true).

Sent by Amanda Rigell | 11:10 PM | 7-16-2008

Redford has it exactly right.Phony issues should be dealt with by poetry and national economies left alone

Sent by Joan | 11:14 PM | 7-16-2008

1. What is the perfect temperature?

If we are to embark on a lifestyle-altering quest to lower the temperature (or at least minimize its rise), what is our goal? I don't ask this flippantly. Can we demonstrate that one setting on the global thermostat is preferable over another? If so, what is it, and how do we get there? And, once there, how do we maintain it? Will we ever have to "heat things up" again if it drops below that point?

2. Just what is the average temperature of the earth?

At any one time there are temperature extremes all over the planet. How do we come up with an average, and how do those variations fit in with our desire to slow global warming?

3. What factors have led to global warming in the past, and how do we know they aren't the causes of the current warming trend?

Again, I don't ask this in a judgmental way. There is no argument that warming cycles (or cooling, for that matter) have been a part of earth's history. Why are we so sure this one is different?

4. Why is there such a strong effort to stifle discussion and dissent?

I'm always troubled by arguments that begin, "Everybody agrees..." or "Everyone knows..." In fact, there is a good deal of dissent in the scientific world about the theory of man-made global warming. A large (and growing) segment of those who study such things are questioning some of the basic premises of the theory. Why should there be anything wrong with that? Again, this is a big deal, and we should have the best information and opinion from the best minds.

5. Why are there such dramatically different warnings about the effects of man-made global warming?

Predictions of 20-foot rises in ocean levels have given way to talk of a few inches over time. In many cases, those predictions are less than the rises of the past few centuries. Whatever the case, why the scare tactics?

6. Are there potential benefits to global warming?

Again, I don't ask this mockingly. Would a warmer climate in some areas actually improve living conditions? Would such improvement (health, crop production, lifestyle) balance any negative impact from the phenomenon?

7. Should such drastic changes in public policy be based on a "what if?" proposition?

There are some who say we can't afford to wait, and, even if there's some doubt, we should move ahead with altering the way we live. While there are good arguments for changing some of our environmental policies, should they be based on "what it?"

8. What will be the impact on the people of the world if we change the way we live based on man-made global warming concerns?

Nothing happens in a vacuum; there are always unintended consequences to our actions. For example, if we were to dramatically reduce our need for international oil, what happens to the economies of the Middle East and the populations that rely on oil income? There are thousands of other implications, some good and some bad. What are they? Shouldn't we be thinking about them and talking about them?

9. How will we measure our successes?

Is the measuring stick going to be temperature, sea level, number of annual hurricanes, rainfall, or a combination of all those things? Again, do we have a goal in mind? What happens when we get there?

10. How has this movement gained such momentum?

We've faced environmental issues throughout our history, but it's difficult to remember one which has gained such "status" in such a short time. To a skeptic, there seems to be a religious fervor that makes one wary. A gradual "ramping down" of the dire predictions has not led to a diminution of the doomsday rhetoric. Are these warning signs that the movement has become more of an activist cause than a scientific reality?

Just asking.

Sent by Sam | 11:18 PM | 7-16-2008

i think man made global warming is bunk. give me a break. its hurting many low income people, but it makes the rich feel good about themselves. so to answer your question as to what i have done to go green is try to help people who have been damaged by this lie.

Sent by jeff | 11:27 PM | 7-16-2008

what a bunch of freaks! I love my gas hog and I do not want anyone to tell me what I can or cannot drive

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Now on to your take of a "Great American".

"Going green is all the rage now. Interior designers, car companies... Even McDonald's is doing the green thing. I have family members working for Greenpeace now. Green, my friends, is the way to be."

And Robert Redford agrees. We all know him as an Oscar-winning actor and director, but Redford has also been an environmental activist for over 30 years. He's done everything from lobbying Congress to producing documentary films about solar power. And, perhaps as an attempt to make Green seem hip, his most recent endeavor involves youth. Slam poets, to be exact. Sundance has teamed up with Youth Speaks, a presenter of spoken word performances, to get the message out, in rhyme.

Robert Redford joins us to talk about his work, and we'll also hear slam performances from two poets.

What have you done recently to get the message out about going green?

Bob, please stop portending to be an american.

If it was not for Paul Newman, no one would know who you are.

Your "Clinton" buds are gone, and like them, please just go away.

It's like the "Sting" all over, except for the real talent, which you were never a part of.

You are so irrelevant,

(Like this will be kept)

Sent by Chris Austin | 1:11 AM | 7-17-2008

When it comes to global warming, science just doesn't support the claims. CO2 is about .004 percent of the atmosphere and mankind's contribution is less than 1/4 of 1% of all CO2. That means that more than 99.75% of all CO2 is natural. According to the ice core studies including the one Al Gore presented in his movie "An Inconvenient Truth" show that CO2 levels follow temperature level on an average of 800 years. 800 years ago the earth was entering the Mideveil Warm Period. If mankind completely stopped all CO2, CO2 level would continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Think about the fact that global temperatures haven't risen since 1998 and have been documented dropping the last few years. Is it reasonable to spend hundreds of billion of dollars to stop some thing that isn't happening, when the world has other legitimate needs. Please read the science, get informed.

Sent by Philip Verslues | 3:23 AM | 7-17-2008

Oh...nothing really....but I am so inspired by Mr. Redford that I am going to start writing poetry....and I know my poetry will save all the polar bears and the all the whales and will also help provide more clean energy so that Mr. Gore can continue to enjoy his big mansion and his private jet.....thank you Mr. Redford - you are tops in my book.

Sent by mike ferraro | 3:38 AM | 7-17-2008

Awwwww. So sweet. This really works, you know? I feel it getting so much cooler already. Wow! Fighting global warming with peotry. Who would have thought the solution so simple.

Redford, your a genius, man!

Sent by regis | 4:28 AM | 7-17-2008

We are being so overloaded with this green crap it's making us puke. Being environmentally aware and not poisoning your environment is one thing. But trial lawyers and liberals Democrats have taken this, as usual, to the extreme. And what is their goal, take get more of your money and control of your govt (power)! And the false and misleading arguments (e.g., polar bear photos) just prove how dishonest they arr.

Sent by ricardo maxwell | 6:48 AM | 7-17-2008

How can I "go green" when I have always been green? To say you are going green is admitting you have been a shallow, conspicuous consumer. Thankfully, I don't know anyone like that. Robert Redford insults my intelligence! what is with that "old windbag"?

Sent by Curlytop | 7:00 AM | 7-17-2008

Yup, the Green sheep movement is all the rage. A new fad market created for the feel good factor. All this green stuff is getting silly. Just like the mercury CF bulbs. Nobody wants to pollute but most of this has no basis in reality.
Take electric cars. Oh yeah, they sound great don't they, except what happens when in lets say, LA, where they have no excess power capacity everyone plugs in the electric car to charge it? Ok, where are you going to get the extra demand? Huh? Coal? Nuclear? Hydro? Corn? Does anyone thing corn is somehow impact free? How about starving the 3rd world? Oh I forgot, that seems to be OK.
I am always amazed that the left feels they can create a zero sum system. I guess each generation has to try to invent the perpetual motion machine? Grow up, drill now, nuclear power now! There are no other market effective alternatives in the immediate future. There is reality and fantasy. Enjoy the fantasy because they are usually short lived.

Sent by Dave | 7:29 AM | 7-17-2008

I tell people that it is a bunch of bull crap. We have been getting more efficient and cleaner since the 70's, still this is not enough. When i hear "green" i think "communist"

Sent by undecided_rocks | 7:29 AM | 7-17-2008

Being a scientist, I already KNOW this Global Warming is a bunch of political crap designed to get money out of peoples wallets and into the hands of crooked politicians. Actors and Actresses are just naive rubes that these seasoned con-men lure in..so don't blame them, they actually think we are going to burn up in 7 years time...unfortunately they never took the time to actually look at the data..we are cooling. So these con-men looked and they are afraid of jail and being exposed so if you didn't notice they are trying to shift the name from Global Warming to Climate Change...this way when it cools they feel they will have sufficient cover to avoid prosecution. Over 31,000 EXPERT scientists have signed a petition challenging the SCIENCE behind the political UN report that only 75 or so political hack scientists reviewed and released. 2500 Scientists provided input, but never got to see how it was being used. 500 have since reviewed the final report, after the fact of its release, and have issued scathing rebukes to the misuse of their data, in short they have totally REJECTED the UN claims...but the politicians and ignorant among us continue to push this fraud. Its time for us to have a Revolution and purge the crooked and stupid from amongst us, we can no longer afford to humor them.

Sent by Tom | 8:33 AM | 7-17-2008

why would redford even be brought up to capitol hill. it's like talking to arthur hawking on how to pick up women.

Sent by omahawi | 8:43 AM | 7-17-2008

"the Academy Award-winning actor is getting his message out in rhyme."
It took him 30 years to get his message out??? With a stupid poem???
Live earth...way lower viewership than the media touted and left a larger a ss print than Al Gore's mansions.
An Inconvenient Truth...the numbers indicate only the "choir" watched it, not to mention there are numerous proven errors in it.
So, what else will these libs come up with to "get the message out" despite the fact that the message has been out and no one except morons believes we cause "climate change"? Ohhhh yeahhh, increasing our income taxes and adding carbon taxes to our energy bills will get our attention. Yes, I'm sure the public will love that.

Sent by Proud carbon emitter | 9:42 AM | 7-17-2008

The temperature of the earth has fluctuated over its history. How does Redford know that this is the right time to stop it from continuing?

My guess is that the "sun" might have something to say about this...

Sent by Brian in NYC | 10:08 AM | 7-17-2008

"Natural Climate Change" Kinda ends the debate, huh?

Please feel free to flush your toilets after each use....

Sent by Eyes Wide Open | 3:54 PM | 7-17-2008

This is nothing but Robert Redford trying to get into the public eye while giving the impression that he's doing something about the supposed "global warming" problem. Hmmm - I wonder what HIS carbon footprint is? I bet its HUGE - but you won't see any of these elitists rolling back their lifestyle in the name of all that is Green And Good - they will just expect YOU to! While you sit in the sterile glow of mercury laden high efficiency fluorescent light bulbs, he will be basking in the white hot beam of 10,000 watt spot-lights telling you how to live your life. Yeah - that just isn't quite right somehow - can't put my finger on why though! LOL

Sent by 88stratocaster | 4:04 PM | 7-17-2008

Oh - In the spirit of Global Warming Poetry, I thought I would add this little poem I came up with.....

There once was a man named Al Gore
He said "Ye shall emit carbon NO MORE!"
But then the world began to cool
and he looked quite the fool
But his bank accounts sure made a score!

Sent by 88stratocaster | 4:18 PM | 7-17-2008

I drive an suv AND I keep the AC on with the windows opened. Bob Redford, Al Gore and the rest of the hypocritical people on this earth go buy and island somewhere and preach your nonsensical garbage there. I'm sweating to death with 95 degree temps and you nutz just keep singing global warming. Wake up for once.

Sent by Patty | 4:23 PM | 7-17-2008

The Chilean volcanoe produced a larger carbon footprint in one day than every automobile on earth since it's conception! The new bulbs have mercury going to the landfills. No more beach bonfires,yet millions of acres of forest fires every year. It takes tons of water to create 1 gallon of Ethanol! The world's temperature thermometers are intentionally located near hot spots,ie metal buildings,roof tops,on concrete etc...just to record higher temps! The liberals in Hollywood that live in 10,000 square foot mansions,and fly on private jets, yet scream about Global Warming are the ones to worry about! It is all a big hoax! You will all see the truth eventually!

Sent by Terry Best | 5:03 PM | 7-17-2008

Personally as I read these comments I cannot believe the hatred and viciousness and venom aimed at Robert Redford and his green mission.

It is evident to me gang warfare is on in America.

I believe Jesus Christ himself could come back again and these venom spewers would find fault with his good heart and spirituality.

I believe the trolls were trolling TALK OF THE NATION today.I believe there might be a conspiracy here on this blog.

Sent by cheyanne | 5:32 PM | 7-17-2008

I'd better grab my pen and jot down a poem, that will surely cool the planet a degree or two.

Sent by Linda | 6:08 PM | 7-17-2008

"Going Green" is a reasonable way to understand how one half of the population is of below average intelligence. The dummies need a hobby, too.

Sent by Jim Peden, Atmospheric Physicist | 9:30 AM | 7-18-2008

What a joke Mr Redford and the Green Industrial Complex are.

Sent by Scott | 4:20 PM | 7-18-2008

Note to all you "global-warming deniers" - go ahead & deny it all you want! It will help keep your mind off the problems humans (you included) are causing that you CAN'T deny - the ways we have polluted our air, land & water; The fact that yes, you CAN make a difference if you wanted to, if you were only willing to stop for a minute & learn how. And to the people who claim it's all a scam to make the rich richer - the best ways to lower your negative impact on the earth do not cost a lot. In many cases, they are free & will even SAVE us money! I know, because I'm actually making these lifestyle changes. And that's what it really comes down to - being willing to change. People are so afraid of change - but once you stop denying, whining, & making excuses & just try it, you will find it was more than worth it. Because what's good for the earth is good for us! You'll have more money, lose some weight, and your conscience won't keep you up at night anymore.

Sent by Call me Green | 8:26 AM | 7-21-2008

Living a Greener Life is what my Go Green With Celeste blog is all about. Check it out!

http://www.gogreenwithceleste.blogspot.com

Sent by Go Green With Celeste | 10:21 PM | 7-30-2008