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Thursday, August 10, 2006

An Inconvenient Al Gore


Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. "Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb," warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. "We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin."

For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little.

Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.

Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.

But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths.

Maybe our very existence isn't threatened.

Gore has held these apocalyptic views about the environment for some time. So why, then, didn't Gore dump his family's large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum? As executor of his family's trust, over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oxy stock. Oxy has been mired in controversy over oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas.

Living carbon-neutral apparently doesn't mean living oil-stock free. Nor does it necessarily mean giving up a mining royalty either.

Humanity might be "sitting on a ticking time bomb," but Gore's home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River.

The issue here is not simply Gore's hypocrisy; it's a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn't he made any radical change in his life? Giving up the zinc mine or one of his homes is not asking much, given that he wants the rest of us to radically change our lives.

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Blogger prying1 said...

"carbon-neutral lifestyle."?

I thought life as we know it is carbon based? Should we destroy evertything carbon based?

I'm so confused!!!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Prying, you aren't nearly as confused as the soft-bellied appeasers of The Left.

10:24 PM  
Blogger joe said...

What we really need is to stop spending millions on paying mercenaries and spend it on wind and wave farms and getting solar panels on every rooftop to help decentralize our power, and reduce our need for carbon fuels, and hey, if we stopped causing wars in oil rich areas to maximaize profits we'd have less terrorism and a more stable world. Unfortunately it would reduce the profits of big oil and the governments that support them, so it wont happen until after the revolution.

Gore is talking about policy changes we have to make, not what personal sacrifices we should make, though I agree with you that that is where to start, on the other hand, a good energy policy and programs to integrate alternative electrical generation would do more than every american reducing its carbon footprint, regardless of what a ridiculous phrase that is. Besides, look how helpful those dinosaurs carbon footprint has been for us, if we keep up as we are, I'd imagine the lemurs that evolve after we're gone will have plenty of ours to work with.

It certainly makes sense for folks who advocate these things to do them themselves, but as mathew said: Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Words to live by. Assuming you put any stock in that kind of liberal nonsense.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Senor said...

Joe, we could become isolationists, completely pull all of our business and political interests out of every corner of the world, and the jihadists would still want to kill us.

Why cant you understand that? The fact that they have a culture that worships death is not going to change.

Why hasnt Al Gore gone the wind and wave farm route? He can certainly afford to. Because he is a lying hypocrite. Its not about Earth. Its about power for the Left.

6:50 AM  
Blogger joe said...

no its about policy.

I agree he should make an example, I have solar water heating, it didnt even cost much, a bit of wood, some paint, a lot of hose and a bit of work was all. I'll get solar cells if i can ever afford it, I'm dying to retrofit this place with dc circuits, it'd sure make my pc run cooler to not have to convert that ac, my flourescent lighting would be more effecient, and there'd be less heat all around for all my electronics with no ac to dc conversion, not to mention being more energy efficient.

I dont advocate pulling our businesses out of the rest of the world, but we have to stop raping other peoples land (or aquiesing to it from governments like the UAE)if we ever expect to start working on the problem of why anyone might hate people like you.

You are the one in a culture of death, you've admitted to hiding and lying in wait in hopes of killing a guy who isnt even a threat to you.

Unless you mean to say their willingness to die for their cause makes it a culture of death, But if that's your argument, how are our soldiers any different? They believe in something strong enough that they are willing to die on the fields of battle. Most of them believe they will go to heaven afterwards, the christians anyway, our muslim soldeirs also think they get rewarded in their version of paradise, and they are working for us. People are the same all over, they all act in what they perceive as their best interest, or their ideological best interest.

3:46 AM  
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