According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Al Gore has used enough hydrocarbons to circle the globe while presenting over 1,000 Power Point presentations on climate change. Gore’s presentation was entitled “An Inconvenient Truth” and asks, “Are you willing to change the way you live?”
Movie includes footage of Gore and his constant air travel with two CO2 meters running at the bottom of the page that compare Gore’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with those of an average person. CEI also revealed that he recently used five large SUVs to haul his movie entourage a mere 500 yards at the Cannes Film Festival in France, all the while admonishing others to curtail their own energy use. Gore’s “Saturday Night Live” appearance can’t top that kind of comedy. Perhaps Gore would get more respect if he stopped lavishly using the hydrocarbon based products he preaches against?
Gore may be an energy hypocrite, but at least he was “honest” when interviewed:
Q: There’s a lot of debate right now over the best way to communicate about global warming and get people motivated. Do you scare people or give them hope? What’s the right mix?
A: I think the answer to that depends on where your audience’s head is. In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.
I was always thought that the end never justified the means. Gore’s crying wolf might not have the desired impact if his credibility is lost due to misrepresentation of the facts. I do care about the environment, but do have to laugh at the chicken little approach.