Friday, June 20, 2008

Al Gore vs. 'Hot Air' tour

Al Gore is trying to prevent Americans for Prosperity from launching their hot air balloon at a Nashville park:
Gore spokesperson Kalee Kreider said earlier this week they were looking into whether the group was violating any ordinances. I spoke with the group about that very point.
"I don't believe Al Gore controls the air space over Belle Meade," AFP Spokesperson Annie Patnaude told NIT. "Stan Hess is our FAA licensed balloonist, and the balloon is a federally licensed aircraft. We're permitted to launch from Percy Warner Park and have been told there are no other restrictions."
Now, via Insty, the update:
Sure enough, just a few hours before our event was scheduled to kick off, the Nashville Parks and Recreation Department has been in touch, claiming that the permit they approved doesn't allow us to launch our balloon from the city park where we're holding our event -- even though we told them repeatedly exactly what we planned to do. . . .
It seems pretty clear that Gore allies in Nashville / Davidson County Metro government are trying to spare their local Oscar winner more embarassment, following this week's revelation by our friends at the Tennessee Center for Policy Research that Gore's already-high personal energy use is up 10 percent over last year -- to the point that he uses about 19 times as much energy as the typical American family.
6/19: AFP balloon visits Marietta today
6/11: Hot air over America

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