"The Godfather Of Green Greed" Posted by: Jude at 2:41 PM (via Hugh Hewitt's blog)
"Just in time for the seasonal change from 'Global Warming' to 'Climate Change', the New York Times scratches the surface of Algore's remarkable conflicts of interest, or whatever you call it when the number one advocate of ending debate, shutting down the scientific conversation and getting on with re-making the economy Kermit-the-frog style because of a so-called crisis he himself is basically the prophet of, stands to profit more than almost any person alive from doing what he says. In other words, he takes non-profit dollars, using the Alliance For Climate Protection to lobby and do huge P.R. for environmental and energy policies that will benefit him per$onally. As in, financially. A lot.
"Gore likes to admonish critics that they simply don't know him if they think he's in it for money, which is a good line in front of a sympathetic audience. Then he likes to condescend (classic Algore) by asking if his critics think there's something wrong with his 'doing business in America?' Well, not to sound like the puffed-up profiteer himself, but...sigh. Considering his overwhelming personal stake, Gore's open-ness to new information and his candor on the subjects of AGW and energy technologies should remain ever in doubt.
"Funny, there's nothing in the article about his investments in nuclear tech, or clean coal. That stuff would actually help, and much sooner than the magic machines he and his descendants are going to be living off of once they come online in, oh, twenty years or so. But those are two areas he discourages, because, you know, carbon - ick; and nuclear - ewww, scary.
"Of course, we continue to sit on enormous natural oils and gas reserves while our government refuses to open the valve to more exploration and refinement, even thoughthirty years andvancement in technology would assure that we harvest resources much more cleanly than many of the countries now supplying the world market. On this (as John Derbyshire likes to say on another matter), we are the fools of the world. Not much on natural gas, either, but that's another topic.
"Perhaps this 'climate crisis' hysteria is the greatest scam in a generation, leading inexorably toward centralized world government at a pace neither voters nor soldiers could sustain without it. Or perhaps the alarmists are right, and the main driver of global temperatures is not the huge ball of fire in the sky. Still, one scam that is no longer in doubt is the flim-flam the former Vice-President and his partners are pulling on taxpayers. No, Mr. Gore, we don't think there's anything wrong with doing business in America, at least not as America still remains, somewhat free of draconian regulations designed - as a happenstance, among other things, and rather sublimely, you must imagine - to take our money and pour it into your bank accounts. We just don't want you and you eco-regulo-thugs to do the bit of business you're trying to do to us.