Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscar-Winning Gore

Work sure gets in the way of blogging sometimes! And today has to be quick, too.

It came as no surprise that Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, won the Acadamy Award for best "documentary." For Hollywood, if it's gay, if it's green, or if it goes after mainstream America, it wins.

The Sierra Club is ecstatic, as reported yesterday by Reuters.

"The funny thing about the Oscars is, they're very intimate -- people watch them in their living rooms," [executive director of the Sierra Club, Carl] Pope said in a telephone interview. "Global warming has seemed abstract, distant, something 'for people who know more than I do.'

"I think what (the Oscar victory) really does is it puts this issue into people's living rooms," he said. "While the climatology is really complicated, they're going to see that the solutions are pretty common-sense, and people will talk about them and get excited."

I think Pope needs to make a correction: Sierra Clubbers will talk about them and get excited.

As for the rest of us, Al Gore is more interesting than his movie and its "common sense" solutions. He's the picture of hypocrisy on the whole green, global warming issue. WorldNetDaily reported yesterday that Gore's home in Tennessee uses twenty (20) times more electricity than normal people.

"My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis," Gore said after taking the stage [at the Academy Awards show]. "It's not a political issue, it's a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act. That's a renewable resource. Let's renew it."

Gore then followed with, "...And you know what: It is not as hard as you might think. We have a long way to go. But all of us can do something in our own lives to make a difference."

Last August alone, according to [Drew] Johnson' group [the Tennessee Center for Policy Research], Gore burned through 22,619 kilowatt-hours of electricity, more than twice the amount in one month that an average American family uses in an entire year.

Gore's average monthly electric bill, the think tank says, is $1,359.

Responding to critics, Gore has described the lifestyle he and his wife Tipper live as "carbon neutral," meaning he tries to offset any energy usage, including plane flights and car trips, by "purchasing verifiable reductions in CO2 elsewhere."

So Al Gore is allowed to waste energy like crazy, because he pays businesses that are willing to reduce emissions. He's rich. He can do whatever he wants, while he tells everyone else to behave. Sheesh!

Whatever the color of hypocrisy is, paint Al Gore in a vivid hue.


Michelle Malkin linked today to TigerHawk's post on "Chickengreens" (that would be Al Gore), which pointed to this excellent post at WhizBang. In it, the WhizBang post compares the green-ness of Gore's house to President Bush's house. Guess who wins?


Malott said...

Great post.

Whether it's Katrina Relief, or Environmentalism, the Libs and Celebs want us "little guys" to give until it hurts.

When they give up their private jets and move to smaller homes... I'll start listening.

Bekah said...

$1359 for one month??? That is nuts! That's five times as much (well, a little more than five) as my most expensive bill ever in the worst cold of winter! Of course I could probably also fit my house into his five times.

ChuckL said...

Hadn't seen the term "chickengreens" before. I'm behind the times, I know. (Just like getting you linked on chuckschants. I will... I promise). Anyway, thanks for the insight. I'll light up a few of my not-quite-right friends with it.

ChuckL said...

Oh, and here's a "rest of the story" if you haven't seen it...


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ChuckL said...

Oops. Sent the wrong link. Not that the one above is bad; it just has nothing to do with this issue.