Friday, April 03, 2009

The Hippies at LDSHQ: Gore Meets With Monson, Ballard, Cook

Had this been a few days ago, I would have thought it was an April Fools' joke.

However, it's no joke:

Al Gore met Thursday with LDS Church leaders in Salt Lake City.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.S. vice president requested the dinner time meeting to discuss climate change and its solutions, sources said.

Gore had a brief courtesy visit with President Thomas S. Monson before talking with other church leaders.

Gore did not make a public appearance or speak with reporters.

Church spokesman Scott Trotter called it "a cordial meeting" attended by Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elder Quentin L. Cook and other members of the church's Public Affairs Committee.

Gore "gave a 30-minute presentation and expressed his concerns about CO2 emissions, which was followed by several minutes of questions and answers," said Trotter.


last Saturday, church officials participated in the worldwide "Earth Hour" campaign to draw attention to climate change. The Salt Lake Temple's outside lights were darkened for an hour along with those in 88 countries and more than 4,000 cities.

"Prudent stewardship and wise use of resources are principles that church leaders have emphasized throughout the
history of the church," Trotter said in announcing the LDS involvement. "The church encourages its members to join with their fellow citizens in supporting worthy programs that will make their communities better places to live and raise their families."

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