Calling Al Gore a “dedicated public servant” and other superlatives, The Harvard Gazette announced the former vice president will address graduating seniors on May 29 as part of the annual Class Day celebration, the day before Harvard University’s 368th commencement.
Gore is a 1969 Harvard alumnus.
In the lengthy laudatory article, the publication quoted the speaker selection committee co-chair:
“It is an absolute honor to be able to welcome Al Gore as our Class Day speaker,” said Cleanna Crabill ’19, program marshal and co-chair of the speaker selection committee. “For more than four decades of service he has modeled leadership based on civic duty, commitment to the public good, and a persistent, forward-looking vision. What’s more, he has shown us the necessity of being a proactive citizen of the planet. We are unbelievably excited to have a speaker who has consistently challenged the moral imagination and continues the call to action for the most imminent issues of our future.”
The story mentions Gore’s “leadership” and environmental activism.
The Harvard Gazette failed to mention Gore’s misfires in environmental activism.
In December 2018, The Tennessee Star reported on the city of Georgetown, Texas, which Gore profiled in his “An Inconvenient Sequel” for powering itself with only solar and wind energy. In 2018, the city’s bet against fossil fuel prices cost the city-owned utility nearly $7 million this year, and prompted officials to look for a way out of their long-term contracts for solar and wind energy.
The Daily Caller News Foundation asked backers of the Paris Agreement on global warming if they would give up flying on private jets, and Gore was one of many who stayed silent.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.