Tuesday, August 15, 2006

How inconvenient...

Al Gore: Do as I say, not as I do.

So Mr. Conservation himself has a few enviro-skeletons in his closet. After reading this, I knew it HAD to go up on the blog. Here are a few tasty morsels from Al’s "environment-friendly" lifestyle:

he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.)… In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.

But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up…Gore's office confirmed as much

The DNC has not signed up to pay an additional two pennies a kilowatt hour to go green why, then, didn't Gore dump his family's large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum? As executor of his family's trust, over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oxy stock. Oxy has been mired in controversy over oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas.

Gore's home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River

Hmmm…Seems to me that Al wants us to be friendly to the environment, but only follows his own advice when it’s convenient and not costly. I love it when stuff like this pops up. It erodes his credibility as an environmental activist and shows his true colors as nothing more than an alarmist who obviously doesn’t truly believe the earth’s environment is being destroyed…either that or he simply doesn’t care enough to change his own life.


confederateson said...

There is no end to the number of hypocrites out there.

Dan Trabue said...

I, too, find Gore's lack of follow through disconcerting.

I'd prefer to have statesmen and women who live what they say they believe. Unfortunately, right now, the system doesn't allow for those type of folk to be elected (and they may not be elected even with a better system, as they're a minority).

So faced with a choice of someone who is saying the right things but not actually living them or someone who is saying the wrong things and living the wrong way, I'll take the one who is saying the right things. There is at least the possibility that he/she believes it but doesn't have the fortitude to live it at this point.

And make no mistake: Those who are not encouraging us to break our addiction to fossil fuels ARE saying the wrong things, they are a greater threat to our national security than any terrorists out there.

John The Patriot said...

I agree with you for the most part, Dan. But, I don't know of any political leader or party who is not encouraging us to break our addiction to fossil fuels. I'm ALL for it. I say build more nuclear power plants, encourage more research into hydrogen power and concert to a grain-based fuel system while we transition to hydrogen power. The problem is the environmentalists are actually the ones putting up the road blocks to these ideas. SOMEONE has to give some ground if we're going to end our dependence on fossil fuels.

Dan Trabue said...

Yes, someone does have to give some ground. We ALL do. We are living beyond our means. If everyone lived at the level the West does, no one could live. It would take multiple planet earths to fill those needs.

Switching to other dependencies will not change the fact that we're living beyond our means, THIS is what needs to change. If we can't afford our 10,000 sf houses, then we must reduce.

It's basic personal fiscal responsibility.