OK, let's start with the part where Big Wooden Al does good first. On Sep. 1 former VP Al Gore chartered two flights that evacuated patients out of Charity Hospital in New Orleans. In all, 270 people were rescued. Al paid for half, and the founder of California Pizza Kitchens paid the other half. The total bill was $100,000. Perhaps even more importantly, Al used his connections (and not with Chinese monks) to get landing rights and such. A much longer version is here.
Now, here's where it gets more Al-like.
Remember how he spoke about global warming on the coldest day in NYC history or some such?
Well, Al was scheduled to speak last weekend before state insurance commissioners. In New Orleans. About global warming.
Thankfully, that conference was cancelled so, having nothing better to do, Al decided to speak to the Sierra Club. Break out your robotic-but-impassioned Tennessee minister voice and testify along with Al:
"When the corpses of American citizens are floating in toxic flood waters five days after a hurricane struck, it is time not only to respond directly to the victims of the catastrophe, but to hold ... the leaders of our nation accountable... The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis, it is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences... What happened was not only knowable, it was known in advance, in great and painstaking detail. They did tabletop planning exercises. They identified exactly what the scientific evidence showed would take place..."