I think this is comically retarded: Think Tank Blasts Gore for Hypocrisy
First of all, I suspect that if you compared Gore’s resource usage with people in his tax bracket, he is not above average. Second, he claims that he offsets his usage through various means (as the article above describes). Third, neither Gore nor the rest of the “hey, let’s be smart about global climate change” movement are saying that we should live off the grid. They are saying we, as a society, should embrace things which reduce our impact on global climate change and reject those things which do not. For example, the pussy, lobbyist-written energy policies of George W. Bush, which are soft on mercury emissions, provide incentives to not modernize coal-fired plants and subsidize big oil, with our dollars and our military, are wrong-headed and leading us in the wrong direction. The only time Bush does anything remotely “green” is during his state of the union address, in between a bunch of pie-in-the-sky bullshit. You wanna talk about walking the walk?
The fact is, if you compare Gore with any rich Right Winger, there is no question who stands for “green” policies more, in words and in deeds. This is a hatchet job designed to undermine someone who has been very successful in educating people on the data and risks of global climate change.
And I’m not necessarily a huge Gore fan.
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I guess these scientists don’t count in your so-called consensus.
And Michael, you should know that science is not based on “consensus, it’s based on facts. Politics are based on consensus and that’s exactly what this global warming scam is, politics. Socialists looking for another reason to tax the rich and give to the government.
And I’m still waiting for you to defend the practice of purchasing “carbon credits” and defend the method which Gore uses to purchase carbon credits. Turns out he’s, in essence, paying himself for the carbon credits by using a company which he set up that invests in green/alternative energy producing companies and then all his fear-mongering drives up the stock prices of those same companies, which then give Al the hypocrite a tidy return on his “purchase” of carbon credits. That, to me, is indefensible.
All Gore is a hypocrite of the first order and if you fall for all his “carbon credit” bullshit, you’re a serious koolaide drinker. This is the largest scam ever perpetrated on the American people and frankly, I’m glad he’s doing it because all but the most seriously deluded of my liberal friends are falling for this obvious “hypocrisy of privilege.”
Global warming is the trojan horse of socialism.
I’ve copied the following from other sources…
The Tennessean reported that Gore buys â€œcarbon offsetsâ€ to compensate for his homeâ€™s use of energy from carbon-based fuels. As Wikipedia explains, a carbon offset â€œis a service that tries to reduce the net carbon emissions of individuals or organizations indirectly, through proxies who reduce their emissions and/or increase their absorption of greenhouse gases.â€ . . .
But how Gore buys his â€œcarbon offsets,â€ as revealed by The Tennessean raises serious questions. According to the newspaperâ€™s report, Gore buys his carbon offsets through Generation Investment Management:
Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe . . .
Gore is chairman of the firm and, presumably, draws an income or will make money as its investments prosper. In other words, he â€œbuysâ€ his â€œcarbon offsetsâ€ from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself. To be blunt, Gore doesnâ€™t buy â€œcarbon offsetsâ€ through Generation Investment Management–he buys stocks. . . .
Meanwhile, Gore runs around the country and the world trumpeting â€œclimate crisisâ€ and blaming manâ€™s use of carbon-based energy–burning thousands of gallons of jet fuel as he goes. His efforts have served to put climate change at the top of the national and even global agenda, driving up the value of the stocks and companies viewed as â€œgreenâ€ or environmentally friendly. Companies like those his investment management firm invest his own and other peoplesâ€™ [sic] money in. (You can see a list of Generation Investment Managementâ€™s holdings here, courtesy of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.)
Another Volunteer State blogger, Bob Krumm, looks at Goreâ€™s demands for the suppression of dissent. Yesterdayâ€™s Tennessean reported on a speech the erstwhile veep gave in Murfreesboro:
â€œI believe that is one of the principal reasons why political leaders around the world have not yet taken action,â€ Gore said. â€œThere are many reasons, but one of the principal reasons in my view is more than half of the mainstream media have rejected the scientific consensus implicitly–and I say â€˜rejected,â€™ perhaps itâ€™s the wrong word. They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead have chosen . . . balance as bias.
â€œI donâ€™t think that any of the editors or reporters responsible for one of these stories saying, â€˜It may be real, it may not be real,â€™ is unethical. But I think they made the wrong choice, and I think the consequences are severe.
â€œI think if it is important to look at the pressures that made it more likely than not that mainstream journalists in the United States would convey a wholly inaccurate conclusion about the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced.â€
Gore would not answer any questions from the media after the event.
Krumm notes that Gore was complaining as early as 1992 about excessive balance in the media. Yet in a speech at the October 2005 We Media Conference, Gore seemed to urge government-mandated balance, at least on other topics:
As early as the 1920s, when the predecessor of television, radio, first debuted in the United States, there was immediate apprehension about its potential impact on democracy. One early American student of the medium wrote that if control of radio were concentrated in the hands of a few, â€œno nation can be free.â€
As a result of these fears, safeguards were enacted in the U.S.–including the Public Interest Standard, the Equal Time Provision, and the Fairness Doctrine–though a half century later, in 1987, they were effectively repealed. And then immediately afterwards, Rush Limbaugh and other hate-mongers began to fill the airwaves.
Gore is mistaken on two out of three points: Although the Federal Communications Commission abolished the Fairness Doctrine (which regulated the presentation of â€œcontroversial issues of public importance”) in 1987, the Public Interest Standard (which is part of the law that created the FCC) and the Equal Time Provision (which applies to political candidates) remain in force.
So, letâ€™s sum this up: Here we have a major American politician who is calling for policies that would impose huge costs on society but appears to be profiting handsomely himself; who is leading an extravagant lifestyle while demanding sacrifices from ordinary people; and who is calling on the media to suppress the views of those with whom he disagrees, while at the same time urging more government regulation in the name of â€œfairnessâ€ to his partisan and ideological allies.
Why is it left to think tanks and bloggers to investigate and expose all this? Why arenâ€™t the mainstream media all over the story? Could it be . . . bias?
Al Gore is a fucktard.