Stripping Greenwash

Al Gore’s Greenwash is stripped away as repeated note of his energy hogging, extravagant lifestyle is taken. Heres an excerpt from an article on Green Hypocrisy:

While the former veep and nouveau-$100 millionaire jets around the world squawking about the planet having a fever and demanding that we all lower our standard of living, his own personal electricity use is 20 times the national average, including an indoor pool costing $500/month to heat.

While Gore deflected criticism of his inconvenient electric bill during March congressional testimony by saying he purchased green electricity, the truth is, he didnt start doing so until 2007.

Is it just me, or does Al Gore strike anyone else as someone who may “talk the talk“, but who is completely unwilling to “walk the walk” – all the while stridently demanding that the rest of us, who have fewer resources the he does, do so in his stead?

I’m not going to discuss Global Warming in this post because it’s secondary to the point of Al Gore’s hypocrisy. Let’s suppose though that Global Warming is terribly real. Let us also, for the sake of this particular discussion, suppose that human actions are the primary cause of Global Warming. Is a grandstanding hypocrite really the icon people should want for the issue? Think about it.

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10 Responses to “Stripping Greenwash”

  1. Christy Says:

    Glad you’re asking the question.

    I am just befuddled at how people around me seemingly put him on such a pedastal when the discrepancies seem so apparently clear. I have yet to see from Gore what should demand or command my respect.

  2. jonolan Says:

    Same here – he doesn’t seem any different than any other dilettante celebrating making a name for himself by shilling some cause.

  3. Christy Says:

    Right. But at least he invented the internet.

  4. Mangimosbi Says:

    Hypocrisy is an all too human trait.

    Fortunately its so much easier to see it in other people than in ourselves.

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  6. jonolan Says:

    Mangimosbi,

    True – it’s far easier and more palatable to see any faults in others than to see the same in ourselves. While most times this is a good thing to remember, when the person in question – Al Gore in this instance – has the power to enact change on a wide scale it is necessary to reveal these faults because they impact the effect of his agenda upon the world at large.

  7. Mangimosbi Says:

    I agree but at least the message is getting out there.

    Where I come from (Papua New Guinea) we have islands that are literally sinking into the ocean resulting in whole communities being forced to leave their ancestral home. If the former VP of the worlds only super power wants to advocate change that will benefit us then I’m willing to overlook a few blemishes.Dr. King was no angel either but the net effect of his life has been to enable a better life for African Americans in your country.

  8. jonolan Says:

    Yes, but since Al Gore’s hypocrisy is made public, I’m afraid that will discredit his message.

    I’m not sold on mankind being the prime cause of global warming; the science supporting that assertion is not conclusive and social pressures and politics are preventing proper peer review. I am completely sold on the fact that Global Warming is happening. My concerns are that a “failed champion” will hurt any process for addressing the effects of the condition.

  9. Pat Says:

    I forgot who said it but “It is only a crisis when the people who say it is a crisis start acting that way.” nuff said.

  10. jonolan Says:

    Pat,

    So true…on the other hand, Nero played while Rome burned.

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