I don’t have much new to add on the hypocrisy of Al Gore, and quite honestly I think even most ardent AGW proponents are already past the poijt of being embarrassed by him, and have probably moved on to dismissing him as an annoyance. But somehow the guy still makes a gazillion dollars doing what he’s doing, and there’s still a market for his speech-giving, book-selling, and award-getting (not to mention his business interests in seeing the world go “green.”)
So, as long as people insist on making him a rich man then it’s worth making fun of him. (In and of itself, I have no problem with people becoming rich, by the way. I do have a problem with people becoming rich by doing your best to terrify the world into unnecessary activity that costs taxpayers billions and lines the doomsayer’s pockets at the same time).
Well, Al has built a second mansion. And while I can state the obvious things about hypocrisy and how I can’t believe anyone ever listens to the guy, that’s really about as much as I’ve thought the issue over. But I ran across This piece by Victor Davis Hanson that does a great job of thinking through what this action by big Al means. Sure, it’s opinion, but I think it’s spot-on. Warning: it is not limited to climate change, but gets into politics. If you don’t like making fun of liberals or “progressives” then stop reading now.
Click on the link to read the entire article, but here are a couple of noteworthy excerpts:
Why would Gore purchase a second energy-guzzling estate, replete with several fireplaces, fountains and bathrooms, when he was stung so badly about his hypocritically profligate energy use in his Tennessee compound, his houseboat, and his private-jet junketeering? Does he understand that his newest mansion is a sort of volcanic ash-cloud that has now overwhelmed Earth in the Balance, Inc?
The answer is sort of important, because it is emblematic of the decline of liberalism over the last thirty years. Collate the anti-capital rants of a zillionaire currency speculator George Soros, the green sermons from a late Ted Kennedy who stopped a wind farm from marring his vacation home’s views, a John Edwards of “two nations” fame constructing a Neronian Golden House, a Tom Friedman warning of the consumer habits that lead to a hot, flat earth from a 10,000 square foot English-style estate of the sort that 18th-century English barons built after successful careers in the Raj, the comic case of Jeremiah Wright moving to a mostly white golf course to dream up more sermons about “white folks’ greed runs a world in need,” or a $5 million a year earning Obama — with all his expenses picked up by the government — lamenting out loud why rich people seem to want ever more money they don’t need. Some spread the wealth around.
We can call this malady Gorism — living not merely at odds with your zealotry, but living entirely against your zealotry…
He then lists those particular things that lead to this attitude.
The whole article is, at the very least, written in an entertaining way. Check it out.