Gore graced Letterman's studio yesterday, and during their exchange the talk show host uncorked this fair but pointed exchange:
Well, that answers everything.
LETTERMAN: Gas and oil. So you're selling this television network to a gas and oil supported emirate. It’s not an emirate, it’s an independent country.
GORE: One of the emirates. It's independent. And the closest ally of the U.S. In the Arab world. Our fleet is there.
LETTERMAN: Isn't that one of the problems with global warming, our dependence on petroleum-producing countries?
GORE: Yes, it is. And they have…
LETTERMAN: So you, Al Gore, are doing business with this country that's enabling your ultimate foe of climate change.
GORE: I think I understand what you're getting at, Dave, (Laughter) but I disagree with it. First of all, they have ambitious plans to develop renewables in the region. There's a visionary plan to take solar energy and wind energy from the Middle East and North Africa to Western Europe. Again, the network that they founded has become a very widely respected news-gathering organization, including on climate issues.
We'll see if Jon Stewart dares to ask such basic, unavoidable questions when Gore vists "The Daily Show" tonight.