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Al Gore, the first carbon billionaire

Published 03rd November 2009 - 3 comments - 1369 views -

Yesterday, here, Vitezslav Kremlik asked: "Is climate change a religion?" And he was well rewarded with scathing comments for having had the temerity to even pose the question as it seems that many people are still in denial about the sacred nature of the green cause.

Anyway, right on cue today, the Guardian has an article titled "Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sequel stresses spiritual argument on climate". In it, we learn that Gore's new strategy is "to appeal to those who believe there is a moral or religious duty to protect the planet." Is this what Vitezslav was hinting at in his post?

But the far more interesting Gore story in today's papers appears in the New York Times under the headline "Gore's Dual Role in Spotlight: Advocate and Investor". Although the writer of the piece, John M. Broder, does everything possible not to knock the green halo off Al Gore's head, he does include this snippet towards the end: "Mr. Gore is a partner at Kleiner Perkins, which has hundreds of millions of dollars invested in firms that could benefit from any legislation that limits carbon dioxide emissions."

Al Gore, the first carbon billionaire! Green is good! Gimme some of that NewTime religion!

Category: Greenhouse Gases, | Tags: money, hypocrisy, religion,


Vitezslav Kremlik on 03rd November 2009:

Thanks Eamon. The Greens are simply pushing through legislation, which will allow them to take over the(economical) power from the hands of the “old” capitalists.

In the Czech Republic it now turns out, that the state subsidies (read: unfair privileges) to solar powerplants will lead to INCREASING THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY for consumers for up to 3000 Czech crowns a year. Whereas the average Czech salary is now some 20 000 CZK.

I call this a robbery, Mr.Gore.

Adela on 03rd November 2009:

Right on the spot, Eamon.

With billions involved, green intentions are even less a guarantee of aiming the greater good.

‘Green is good!’
This reminds me of a line from Snatch ... ‘Heavy is good, heavy is reliable ... if it does not work, you can always hit him with it.’

Now replace ‘heavy’ & ‘it’ with ‘green’ & take the line in an metaphorical way.

Paul Montariol on 04th November 2009:

Hello Eamon,
Perhaps you get interest reading that:

I know that climate is a big business; someone asks protection with me at the subject of patent stolen.

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