Conservatives are jumping all over Al Gore because he has a big house that uses lots of energy. Doesn’t that make Gore a hypocrite? After all, isn’t he telling everyone else to conserve while he lives the high life in a 20-room mansion that costs $1,000 a month just to heat?
I suppose you could call Gore a hypocrite, except
- He pays for “green” electricity that doesn’t generate any greenhouse gases.
- He pays for carbon offsets to compensate for his extensive air travel.
- He invests in companies that make efforts to create sustainable growth.
In short, he’s footing the bill for his impact on the environment, and he’s going beyond that by trying to get others to do the same.
Now let’s take a look at what the other side is doing:
- Publicizing lies and misinformation about global warming.
- Paying off scientists who publish work critical of global warming studies.
- Fighting government efforts to promote conservation and sustainable energy.
- Fighting the Kyoto accords.
- Doing all this because they believe it will make them personally richer.
So who’s the bigger hypocrite — the person who takes responsibility for his impact on the environment and encourages others to do the same, or the people and organizations who deny there’s a problem, who get richer through encouraging inaction, and who are happy to foist whatever problems their sloth and greed cause on helpless future generations?