Former Vice President and Academy Award hopeful Al Gore is bicycling cross country to Los Angeles for the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night, a Gore spokeswoman says. To allow plenty of time to arrive, he left his home in Nashville two weeks ago, and by the Scene’s Tuesday evening press time was outside Phoenix, Ariz.
Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is nominated for Best Documentary Feature as well as for Best Song— “I Need to Wake Up”—by Melissa Etheridge.
Some global warming disbelievers have seized on the fact that Gore is a frequent air traveler as a way to discredit his belief in the role of human activity in climate change.
“I’ve heard that some people find some inconsistency in my flying all over the world, using all that carbon-emitting jet fuel, to warn about global warming,” the former vice president says. “So I decided to make a statement by taking this trip by bicycle. I just hope, after all this, I get to see [the movie] win a couple of Oscars.”
Gore says he plans to walk up the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in his bicycle shorts, and change into his formal wear in the lobby men’s room. He is also bringing a supply of low-energy light bulbs for the theater marquee, and, if he arrives in time, will help switch out the incandescent marquee bulbs.
“I also plan to recycle my official Oscar program, and if I win an award, I’m only going to give interviews to representatives from online news organizations, which don’t kill trees to distribute their products.”
Gore, who has been criticized by right-wing bloggers for wearing darker-colored suits, which absorb sunlight and could lead to a minute level of planetary heat retention, says he will not only switch to lighter colored suits, but will shave his head to reflect more sunlight back into space.
“I’m sure that this level of commitment will completely satisfy my critics and convince them that global warming is really happening,” he says. “There is no doubt in my mind that people who criticize my personal habits as a way of attacking the work of hundreds of scientists are doing this in good faith and with a desire not to score cheap political points, but to help the planet,” he says.