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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Gorepocrisy

Pope Carbon Al I is a hypocrite. Please, please contain your shock people; maintain the decorum of the blog. Let's round up the CO-poo shall we?

From a column by Marlo Lewis, Jr. published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (one of the nation's most liberal daily newspapers):
Now that Al Gore has won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth," he's headed to Capitol Hill today to perform before an even more important crowd: lawmakers who could pass legislation that would make energy unaffordable for many Americans.

Gore never considers the obvious moral objection to his agenda — its potentially catastrophic impacts on the world's poor. Stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels is not even remotely possible unless China, India and other developing countries restrict their use of carbon-based energy.

Carbon dioxide, which Gore demagogically calls "global warming pollution" (it's plant food, after all), is the inescapable byproduct of most of the energy that fuels the world's economy.

The Kyoto Protocol's advocates view the treaty as just a "first step" in a long march toward a de-carbonized future. But the global economy is moving in exactly the opposite direction. Demand for fossil energy is growing, especially in developing countries.

The real inconvenient truth is that nobody knows how to meet current, much less future, global energy needs with low- and non-emitting technologies.

Even in wealthy countries like the United States, energy taxes or their regulatory equivalent can inflict hardship on low-income households. A Kyoto-style system would make energy even more costly for consumers.

Many U.S. politicians professed outrage in 2005 when gasoline prices spiked above $3 a gallon. Consumers pay twice as much for gasoline in some European countries, due to heavy motor fuel taxes. Yet from 1990 to 2004, EU transport sector CO2 emissions increased almost 26 percent and are projected under current policies to be 35 percent above 1990 levels in 2010.

How much higher than European-level gasoline prices does Gore think Americans should have to pay? He should at least admit that the pursuit of carbon stabilization has the potential to do more harm than good.

Gore calls global warming a "moral issue," notwithstanding the fact that his own energy consumption at home turns out to be 20 times higher than the average American household, a fact recently unearthed by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. There is nothing moral about putting an energy-starved world on an energy diet.
From the Washington Times article "Gore Turns Heat On Congress":
Former Vice President Al Gore yesterday called on Congress to create a polluter tax and immediately freeze carbon emissions during a much-hyped appearance before House and Senate panels tasked with finding ways to halt climate change.

The Democrat, who starred in the Oscar-winning global-warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," outlined a 10-point plan to preserve the environment for future generations.

"We do not have time to play around with this," Mr. Gore said. "Our world faces a true planetary emergency."

He acknowledged that "the phrase sounds shrill," but insisted that it is no exaggeration.

Democrats lauded the politician-turned-environmental activist, but some Republicans accused him of using faulty science to sell movie tickets and cautioned that his proposals could cripple the economy.

"You're not just off a little, in fact, you're totally wrong," said Rep. Joe L. Barton of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The only scientist to testify at either hearing called Mr. Gore's assertions "wildly exaggerated." Bjorn Lomborg [ed. note: Mr. Lomborg is a former Greenpeace member, prominent Green movement member, and admitted "left wing guy."], adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Consensus Center in Denmark, said Mr. Gore has "good will and great intentions," but "he has got carried away and come to show only worst-case scenarios [that are] unlikely to form the basis for sound policy judgment."
From WorldNet Daily "Gore Refuses To Take Energy Pledge":
Al Gore, who has a mansion in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, has rejected a senator's request that he take a pledge to use no more energy than the average American.

The request was put to Gore by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who is the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, during a congressional hearing this week at which Gore was asking Congress to impose new taxes to address global warming.

Inhofe showed Gore a film frame from "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore's award-winning film about the cause of global warming, where it asks viewers: "Are you ready to change the way you live?"

"There are hundreds of thousands of people who adore you and would follow your example by reducing their energy usage if you did. Don't give us the run-around on carbon offsets or the gimmicks the wealthy do," Inhofe told Gore.

But the record shows Gore refused.
There's more of course:
And yet, Gore says YOU need to change the way you live. Gore says YOU are destroying the planet. Gore says YOU are the central evil in the theology of his Church of Global Warming. I don't know about you but I'm feeling feverish... with anger, that is.

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