Hundreds came to the Mizner Auditorium yesterday to protest the speaker of the evening: Al Gore. CFACT was there in full force, not only holding CFACT signs and banners, but also encouraging all the protesters to sign our petition against Cap and Trade policies, “All Pain, No Gain”. Over the duration of the event, we were able to get tons of signatures and many participants took extra petitions with them to pass along to their friends and family. Many of the protesters in attendance were overwhelmed with excitement to see a delegation of young people that actually knew what cap and trade was and were leading the effort to make sure political leaders don’t pass legislation.
As you can see from the pictures and YouTube videos, it was a lively crowd, with many funny and clever homemade posters. Before the event even started, the police said they had received an “anonymous” complaint – and were forcing us to stop using our megaphones. This was after we had already been granted permission to use them if we stayed in the designated area outside the theatre, which we had. Despite that setback, we were still able to cause a ruckus; the greatest part of the event was knowing that Al Gore could hear our chants and boo’s of displeasure because he was speaking in an amphitheatre. Although you had to be a ticketed member of the audience to get in, there was just a mere barricade separating us from the outdoor theatre. When Al Gore was introduced on stage, the booing of hundreds in disagreement with his stance on cap and trade went on for a solid 2-3minutes.
All in all, we had a great response from activists in Florida that disagree with Cap and Trade, got hundreds of signers for our petition and were able to communicate directly to Al Gore about our disagreement with his politicized science.