Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Al Gore really is a piece of work.
Regular readers know that we've recently built a reasonably large house (although quite a bit smaller than Gore's), and that we're putting in photovoltaics to offset some of our energy consumption. We had a party a couple of months ago, and one of our guests approved, saying "it's the right thing to do." My response was that solar energy is interesting and cool, but if you believe in AGW the "right thing to do was not to build the house in the first place." My guest smiled wanly. It later occurred to me that her house was probably larger than ours. Oops.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
Given what a bullying hypocrite Gore is, he should name his barge "Matthew 23":
"...but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
Yeah, yeah I empathize/agree with the anecdote of Gore and the neighbor with the bigger house, but isn't the honest logic of this boil down to: 'the harm I do is OK as long as it is less harm than someone els does'??!
Sorry, doesn't sound whole to me.....
RE: 'And your justification for not living a hunter/gatherer lifestyle in a gaia-friendly mud hut, is precisely what?'
The justification, Stupid Avenger, is that I didn't write a sanctimonious 'green' blog comment claiming I built a "big house' and then try to justify it by saying Gore's and the neighbors were worse. It's about the irony of so many people - even the 'critics' - having it both ways. But that's probably too subtle for your 'avenging' ways....
"The justification, Stupid Avenger, is that I didn't write a sanctimonious 'green' blog comment claiming I built a "big house' and then try to justify it by saying Gore's and the neighbors were worse."
Isn't that setting the bar even lower?
Sanctimonious green blog... haha!
Ha!! Wait until everyone finds out BigAl wants to waterski behind that puppy. I can just see it now. Bow about 10 feet out of the water, roaring across the lake, using only a few hundred gallons of diesel per hour.
The justification, Stupid Avenger, is that I didn't write a sanctimonious 'green' blog comment claiming I built a "big house' and then try to justify it by saying Gore's and the neighbors were worse.
Justify it? Where do you get that? Tigerhawk simply described photovoltaics as "interesting and cool". He didn't say he was installing them because he believed in AGW and he wanted to mitigate his impact on the environment. It was his guest who thought solar power was "the right thing to do".
The "honest logic" doesn't boil down to a question of how much harm is being done if one doesn't buy the premise of the argument. We all know what Gore says about AGW. His problem is there's a big disconnect between what he says he believes and what he does. And whether you like it or not, the rest of us get to notice his hypocrisy.
I asked an enviro-fanatic buddy why Al Gore is spending $300M on the "WE" advertising campaign instead of R&D, and my buddy said it's probably because Gore doesn't think his $300M could buy any effective technology. So, instead, he's spending it to manipulate the least educated and most gullible among the voters so that they can elect legislators who will enforce the new religion. Now, isn't that "liberal" of him?
I will worry about the environment when I can live like John Kerry, five mansions for two people heated/airconditioned and lit simultaneously. Fly everywhere on a private jet, and have a boat named SCARAMOUCHE that burns fuel at a rate of 70 (yes I said seventy) gallons an hour while writing books instructing we lesser folks on what kind of lightbulbs we should use. Now that is real hypocracy.