If Gore Were Arrested is the title of an article at The Nation online. According to this report Al Gore has been invited to participate in civil disobedience with the Rainforest Action Network and he is considering it!
The article finishes its headline sentence this way:
If Gore did end up getting arrested during a protest against a coal-fired power plant, it would make front-page news throughout the world and put a spotlight on what some climate scientists and activists consider the single most important priority in the fight against climate change: halting the use of coal as the world’s top source of electricity production.
Yes it would make headlines, but it seems to me it also runs the risk of sidelining Gore in an issue in which he is arguably the most significant US figure. He could instantly plummet from Nobel laureate to dirty hippie. I don’t know what I would do in his situation. Al Gore has said ‘Why [aren’t there] rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them constructing new coal-fired power plants?’ Maybe this is just for young people howling from outside establishment walls and not for suit-wearing, middle aged insiders wispering in the ears of the powers that be.
What do AFTIC’s readers think? Would this be PR gold, or the kiss of media death?