UPDATE 13 MARCH 2008: The global warming scam has made Al Gore more than $35 million already
(For a condensed version, see also NST: Nobel Peace Prize: Another Side to Gore’s Efforts to Combat Global Warming)
Clue #1: Al Gore is one of the most recognizable and outspoken proponents of combating anthoropogenic global warming
Al Gore constantly enlightens the masses and rallies them against global warming, which he claims is caused by human activities and will soon result in tragic and devastating changes to our planet. To them, he is the True Hero of Mother Earth.
To that end, Al Gore is the chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, produced a movie documentary on global warming called An Inconvenient Truth, is a major partner of eco-group Save Our Selves, organized and supported the Live Earth climate change awareness concerts, supports the Virgin Earth Challenge to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, pushed for the Kyoto Treaty in 1990, and has plenty of lectures and books on global warming too.
And horror of horrors, Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his fearmongering, money-draining, hoax-spreading efforts! Though his solutions for global warming involve bankrupting the economy and keeping the Thrid World in poverty, his efforts are celebrated as ‘peace’.
Then again, remember that the Nobel Peace Prize is given to works-in-progress, which explains why he can be nominated even though practically zilcho is being accomplished to stop global warming. Other great examples of Nobel Peace Prize peaceful-efforts effectiveness: Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat and Jimmy Carter.
Clearly, Al Gore is strongly supportive of ordinary citizens and national governments taking real action to combat global warming.
So how does Al Gore himself take real action to mitigate the impending climate disaster? Move on to clue number two.
Clue #2: Al Gore refuses to take a Personal Energy Ethics Pledge
Back in March of 2007, Al Gore said before various assembled policians that global warming is a moral, not a political issue.
In his Oscar winning, but highly inaccurate film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore asked every viewer: “Are you ready to change the way you live?” in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus, global warming?
And in his Oscar acceptance speech, Al Gore said: “My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis. 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.”
Well, Republican Senator James Inhofe responded to Al Gore’s call to ethical morality, lifestyle change, and the will to act by asking Al Gore himself:
— “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.”
“Are you willing to make a commitment here today by taking this pledge to consume no more energy for use in your residence than the average American household by one year from today?”
Inhofe then invite Gore to take the following ‘Personal Energy Ethics Pledge’:
Predictably, Al Gore refused. – From Newsbusters: Al Gore Refuses to Take Personal Energy Ethics Pledge During Global Warming Hearing —
But why? Wouldn’t it be an excellent example, a briliant piece of motivation to all his followers, if Al Gore – the MAN himself – reduced his greenhouse gas output ion order to save the earth?
Move on to clue number three to find out why…
Clue #3: Al Gore consumes huge amounts of energy and emits massive amounts of greenhouse gases
When you take a look at Al Gore’s consumption and emission habits, you’ll realize why he and all other celebrity global warming proponents are so loathe to reduce their carbon footprints…
It’s basically impossible to cut down their resource use and waste output without cutting down their level of comfort and decadence!
— The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh. That’s more than 20 times the national average.
In August 2006 alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh, guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.
Since the release of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005 to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.
Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. – From Al Gore: High Priest of Global Warming Hypocrisy —
Ah, but Al Gore and his ilk have a readied defense of their lavish and wasteful lifestyles… They simply buy carbon credits and offsets.
Clue #4: Al Gore purchases carbon emission offsets
— Gore purchased 108 blocks of “green power” for each of the past three months up to Feb 2007, according to a summary of his power bills. That’s a total of $432 a month Gore paid extra for solar or other renewable energy sources.
The green power Gore purchased is equivalent to recycling 2.48 million aluminum cans or 286,092 pounds of newspaper, according to comparison figures on NES’s Web site. – From Detroit Free Press: Critics question how green Gore really is —
Meanwhile, in order to mitigate the obscene amounts of energy sucked up and carbon dioxide spewed out by Al Gore’s Live Trash – I mean, Live Earth, the organizers and jet-across-the-world-to-perform-at-Live-Earth music artistes also buy some carbon offsets, spending a fraction of the vast riches at their disposal.
So the next investigative question is: Where does Al Gore get all his money to purchase carbon offsets with? And what mysterious source might he buy those offsets from?
Clue #5: Al Gore purchases his carbon offsets from companies he himself founded, owns, controls and profits from!
— Al buys his carbon offsets from Generation Investment Management LLP, which is “an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 and with offices in London and Washington, D.C.,” that, for a fee, will invest your money in “high-quality companies at attractive prices that will deliver superior long-term investment returns.” Generation is a tax-exempt U.S. 501(c)3. And who’s the chairman and founding partner? Al Gore.
So Al can buy his carbon offsets from himself. Better yet, he can buy them with the money he gets from his long-time relationship with Occidental Petroleum. See how easy it is to be carbon-neutral? All you have do is own a gazillion stocks in Big Oil, start an eco-stockbroking firm to make eco-friendly investments, use a small portion of your oil company’s profits to buy some tax-deductible carbon offsets from your own investment firm. – From Chicago Sun-Times: How Gore’s massive energy consumption saves the world (a well satirizing read) —
So, after all the fact finding on motive and ability, here are the deductive steps and the conclusion…
Al Gore stirs up paranoid fears about global warming through concerts, speeches, books and a film.
Al Gore strongly urges listeners and viewers to cut down their carbon footprint, or if they are unable to, to purchase carbon offsets.
Al Gore pushes for mandatory, government enforced carbon emissions caps to limit carbon dioxide output from industry. If they cannot do so, they may instead purchase carbon credits as a form of trade with less CO2-emitting companies and carbon trade brokers.
Al Gore founded and chairs a carbon trading company which – completely by coincidence of course – provides the required guilt-assuaging, carbon penalty-avoiding carbon offsets and credits.
Al Gore meanwhile lives and splurges extravagantly, consuming obscene amounts of resources and energy while polluting the atmosphere with much more carbon dioxide than ordinary folk. He justifies this by purchasing carbon offsets from himself. (This is like eating at your own restaurant.)
The above shows how Al Gore doesn’t seem to follow his own heartfelt call to live change the way we live in order to stop global warming. Neither does he act as if global warming is really the dire and impending doom he publicly and loudly warns it is. (This is like warning everyone that the water tank is nearly empty while taking an hour-long shower…every few hours.)
Al Gore is using global warming hysteria – which he himself doesn’t really believe in – to rake in huge profits through his carbon traing company, at the expense of individuals, businesses, industries and government.
So is spreading global warming paranoia and promoting carbon dioxide carbon dioxide cap-and-trade REALLY merely a huge money-making scam? A latter day Charles Ponzi, only on a global scale?
Or am I being a smear-tactic using, attack the messenger ad hominem, religiously motivated global warming denier?
In answer to this query, you might be shocked to find out how the Kyoto Protocol was born, and just who helped give birth to it…
From Investigate Magazine, 5 Oct 2006, The Kyoto Conspiracy (which has references at bottom of original site):
About 20 years ago Enron was owner and operator of an interstate network of natural gas pipelines, and had transformed itself into a billion-dollar-a-day commodity trader, buying and selling contracts and their derivatives to deliver natural gas, electricity, internet bandwidth, whatever.
The 1990 Clean Air Act amendments authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to put a cap on how much pollutant the operator of a fossil-fueled plant was allowed to emit. In the early 1990s Enron had helped establish the market for, and became the major trader in, EPA’s $20 billion-per-year sulphur dioxide cap-and-trade program, the forerunner of today’s proposed carbon credit trade. This commodity exchange of emission allowances caused Enron’s stock to rapidly rise.
Then came the inevitable question, what next? How about a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program? The problem was that CO2 is not a pollutant, and therefore the EPA had no authority to cap its emission.
Al Gore took office in 1993 and almost immediately became infatuated with the idea of an international environmental regulatory regime. He led a U.S. initiative to review new projects around the world and issue ‘credits’ of so many tons of annual CO2 emission reduction. Under law a tradeable system was required, which was exactly what Enron also wanted because they were already trading pollutant credits. Thence Enron vigorously lobbied Clinton and Congress, seeking EPA regulatory authority over CO2.
From 1994 to 1996, the Enron Foundation contributed nearly $1 million dollars – $990,000 – to the Nature Conservancy, whose Climate Change Project promotes global warming theories. Enron philanthropists lavished almost $1.5 million on environmental groups that support international energy controls to “reduce” global warming.
Enron then started to finance everything related to the global warming hype, including grants to scientists – but asking for results favorable to their interest – “proof” that humans were responsible for the excessive emissions of CO2 through fossil fuel burning.
Enron CEO Ken Lay realised that as the main if not the only international and domestic trader in the new barter world of carbon credits, Enron could realise hitherto unimagined wealth. Such credits, of course, would only become bankable pieces of paper if governments, particularly the US Government, established and policed a global policy of decarbonisation under which a global tax on carbon was to be enforced.
The gargantuan rents which Enron energetically sought could be realized only if the Kyoto Protocol became established as part of US and international law.
As the movement to establish the Kyoto Protocol developed momentum, it was necessary for Ken Lay to build up alliances with the green movement including Greenpeace. A 1998 letter, signed by Lay and a few other bigwigs asked President Clinton, in essence, to harm the reputations and credibility of scientists who argued that global warming was an overblown issue, because these individuals were standing in Enron’s way. The letter, dated Sept. 1, asked the president to shut off the public scientific debate on global warming, which continues to this date.
Enron commissioned its own internal study of global warming science. It turned out to be largely in agreement with the same scientists that Enron was trying to shut up. After considering all of the inconsistencies in climate science, the report concluded: “The very real possibility is that the great climate alarm could be a false alarm. The anthropogenic warming could well be less than thought and favorably distributed.”
One of Enron’s major consultants in that study was NASA scientist James Hansen, who started the whole global warming mess in 1988 with his bombastic congressional testimony.
If the Kyoto Protocol were ratified and in full force, experts estimated that Americans would lose between $100 billion and $400 billion each year. Additionally, between 1 and 3.5 million jobs could be lost. That means that each household could lose an average of up to $6,000 each year.
That is a lot to ask of Americans just so large energy companies can pocket millions from a regulatory scheme. Moreover, a cost of $400 billion annually makes Enron’s current one-time loss of $6 billion look like pocket change. Little wonder Americans and the incoming Bush administration did not want a bar of it.
So am I, kitty. So am I.
“I’ll believe there’s a crisis when the people who keep saying there’s a crisis act like there’s a crisis.” – Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit
“Do as I say, not as I do.” – paraphrased into Al Gore’s mouth from the title of the book Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy by Peter Schweizer
See Al Gore 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Editorial Cartoons for more cartoons regarding Gore’s win.
And dozens more instances of visual mockery at Global Warming Editorial Cartoons!