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December 8th, 2009
03:42 PM ET

Al Gore answers your climate change questions

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Vice President Al Gore answers your climate change questions on American Morning Wednesday."]

By John Roberts, CNN

The intersection of the Copenhagen Climate Summit and the e-mail controversy colloquially known as “Climate-Gate” has cast new suspicion on what many people had taken to be decided science.

How much of an impact it will be remains to be seen. Professor Peter Liss, who has taken over as interim director of the prestigious Climatic Research Unit, says it is bound to have some impact, particularly among nations who are looking for reasons to resist the call for new curbs on greenhouse gases.

Supporters of anthropogenic global warming will no doubt get a boost from Nobel Laureate Al Gore, who will be attending the conference. Gore’s visit coincides with the release of his new book, “Our Choice,” in which he lays out in simple, but lengthy detail the green technologies he believes can reshape America and the world.

While Gore has legions of supporters, he also has his fair share of critics, who charge that the book is “emotionally charged propaganda” and that Gore – the venture capitalist – stands to profit handsomely from the very technology and policy he promotes.

The former vice president joins us tomorrow in the 7am hour of American Morning, and we’d like to throw open the discussion to you. What would you like to ask him about global warming, the environment and green technology?

Post your question below, call our show hotline at 1-877-MY-AM-FIX, or send us an iReport.

We’d really appreciate you being part of the discussion.

Filed under: Environment • Politics
December 8th, 2009
10:26 AM ET

Autism: A journey of recovery

Editor's Note: New cutting-edge research is helping to unlock the mysteries of the child's brain and could give autistic children a whole different future. Watch part three of our special series, Inside the Child's Mind, tomorrow on American Morning.

By Kiran Chetry, CNN

As a baby, Jake Exkorn was everything his parents hoped for – happy and healthy.

“He hit all of the developmental milestones. He walked, he talked, he played,” says Jake’s mother Karen Exkorn.

But at 17 months, Karen says the light began to fade from Jake's face.

“At first he stopped responding to his name. And then he stopped playing. And then by his second birthday, he stopped speaking entirely.”

Karen worried it may be a hearing problem, or a speech delay.

“I never expected to hear the words, your child has autism. … It was completely devastating. It meant that there was no hope for my son. And yet I was determined to help my son in any way that I could. I knew that I wanted treatment for Jake that had science behind it. And a lot of treatments don't. But the one that had the most science behind it was a treatment called ABA.”

ABA – applied behavior analysis – is an intensive approach that uses repetition and rewards to teach autistic children the things that come naturally to most kids.


Filed under: Health • Inside the Child's Mind
December 8th, 2009
09:32 AM ET

Gates in Afghanistan: 'We're in this thing to win'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Tuesday. He's there to assure our troops, "we're in this thing to win."

Secretary Gates arrived overnight – six days after President Obama announced he's sending in 30,000 reinforcements. The secretary is also there to reassure the Afghan president that America will not abandon him. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has the report from Afghanistan.

Read more: Defense secretary visits Afghanistan

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
December 8th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

1,500 Marines set to ship out

It took three months for President Obama to decide on a troop surge strategy for Afghanistan. It took less than a week for the Pentagon to announce the first deployments.

About 1,500 U.S. Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina just got the call. They're shipping out this month. Our Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence has the report from Camp Lejeune.

Related: Official: Obama discusses troop surge with general

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
December 8th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Bailout money may be used to spark employment

Today President Obama will lay out new ideas to create jobs for millions of Americans still out of work. He's expected to propose cash incentives for small businesses and for people to fix their homes with more "green" materials.

Some in Congress are already asking where the president will get the money to pay for it all. Christina Romer, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, spoke to Kiran Chetry on American Morning Tuesday.

Filed under: Economy
December 8th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Debt collectors go to offensive extremes

Buried under debt with no way out. As more consumers fall behind on their bills, some in the collection industry are going to offensive extremes to get a hold of their cash.

But you should know, there are strict laws about how debt collectors have to do business. Our John Zarrella reports in this AM original.

Filed under: Economy
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