Gore isn’t so green: Unless you count the color of money
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006
THE WEBSITE for the new Al Gore environmental film warns in no uncertain terms that “We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin.”
To Gore’s way of thinking, manmade carbon emissions are contributing mightily to global warming and Americans must take the lead in ending those emissions, even if it means paying an astronomical price and falling further behind in global competition.
So what is American Al Gore himself doing in this do-or-die effort? Apparently not much. In a column in USA Today last Thursday, a scholar reveals that the former (and future?) Presidential candidate is a rank hypocrite when it comes to saving the planet.
Gore and his wife reside in two huge homes. One is a 20-room, eight-bathroom mansion in Tennessee. The “smaller” one is a 4,000 square-footer in Arlington, Va. And they own a third.
It costs energy to run these hovels, but even though utility companies in both areas offer “green” alternative electricity programs for a few cents more per kilowatt hour, Gore hasn’t signed up for one.
Author Peter Schweizer writes that Gore’s office confirmed this last week, but said the Gores are now looking into switching utility offerings. Just now? How convenient.
Perhaps Gore was too busy cashing his oil company dividends to make the switch to all things green? That’s right. Gore’s family owns a great deal of stock in Occidental Petroleum, one of those big, bad oil companies that has been accused of drilling in sensitive areas.
“The issue here is not simply Gore’s hypocrisy,” writes Schweizer, a Hoover Institution fellow. “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?”