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March 02, 2007

Al Gore: Mr. Green Schemes

By now, many of you following the Al Gore Environmental Circus have heard that the "carbon offsets" Gore purchases from Generation Investment Management are really purchases from himself, as he is one of the founders and serves as chair. As blogger Bill Hobbs notes, he's buying stocks, not offsets. Saving the planet? The only green thing Al Gore seems interested in comes in tens, twenties and fifties. (Can you say "tax dodge" boys and girls?)

James Taranto sums it up nicely for us:

Here we have a major American politician who is calling for policies that would impose huge costs on society but appears to be profiting handsomely himself; who is leading an extravagant lifestyle while demanding sacrifices from ordinary people; and who is calling on the media to suppress the views of those with whom he disagrees, while at the same time urging more government regulation in the name of "fairness" to his partisan and ideological allies.

Why is it left to think tanks and bloggers to investigate and expose all this? Why aren't the mainstream media all over the story? Could it be . . . bias?

Mr. Green Schemes strikes again!

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Posted by Pam Meister at 08:54 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0) | Double Standards

I believe it was a caller to Rush Limbaugh yesterday that asked if he himself could start selling these "carbon credits". I don't recall Rush's exact answer (I was negotiating traffic), but the caller reasoned that he himself could take measures to save energy (and thus carbon dioxide), thus entitling him to sell some of those credits. I think Rush's answer was "maybe".

I suppose the fact that I have recycled aluminum cans for 30+ years means that I have saved "X-amount" of energy. Recycling saves about 95% of the electricity needed to make new aluminum from bauxite, so if I could estimate how much aluminum I recycle per average year...

One year in the 1980s, I made it a goal to hustle and recycle more than my body weight in a single year (about 180 lbs. at that time), by asking friends to save their cans. I did it, so can I still sell the carbon credits acquired that year?

So we don't affect good, productive Americans, maybe we can market these "lone wolf" carbon credits to the "Hollywood crowd".

Posted by: joe-6-pack at March 2, 2007 11:50 AM

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