Thursday, February 22, 2007

Richard Branson, CO2 Junkie... or Gore Groupie?

First, I promise to never use collage and gouache in one of my cartoons again. An embarrassment, but I am too lazy to re-do it.

Text below is from this news item.

VIRGIN chief Sir Richard Branson has launched what he called the world's biggest prize to inspire innovators to develop ways to cut greenhouse gases, backed by former US vice president Al Gore.

Sir Richard announced the $US25 million ($32 million) Earth Challenge prize at a joint press conference with Mr Gore, who has turned into to a global environment campaigner after losing the presidential election in 2000.

"The Earth cannot wait 60 years," Sir Richard said.

"I want a future for my children and my children's children. The clock is ticking."

It is not the first time Mr Gore and Sir Richard have teamed up to promote green issues: last September Mr Gore backed the tycoon's pledge to spend $US3 billion ($3.8 billion) on reversing global warming.

The former vice-president, who brought global warming to prominence in his documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, told the Virgin boss at the time that he was in a unique position to make a difference.