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Global warming’s Gore’y details

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On a historic night in February 2007 Al Gore’s much ballyhooed movie on climate change won an Oscar for “Best Documentary”. Gore of course, feigned reluctance to take the spotlight amid cheering throngs of celebs who had one by one began rising to their feet. But director Davis Guggenheim would have NONE of it! He emphatically gestured at our new savior of the ozone to get his butt on that stage and take his much deserved accolades like a man.

But the very next day, Gore faced his own inconvenient truth when the Tennessee Center for Policy Research revealed that his home in Nashville was not so eco friendly. Lets just say his house was to energy what Rosie O’Donnell is to donuts. A red-faced Gore soon scrambled to take dramatic steps towards a more green household and a satisfied media soon dropped the issue.

So how has Gore fared since then? Not so well

In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former vice president’s home energy use surged more than 10 percent, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.

In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.

In February 2007, “An Inconvenient Truth,” a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovered that Gore’s Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity than the average American household.

After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before.

You see, Al Gore is what we call an opportunist. Upon emerging from his cave after a stint as a bearded hermit following his failed 2000 presidential bid, the now clean-shaven Gore was determined to re-invent himself. So he latched on to the one issue that would guarantee enthusiastic slaps on the back from the media, academia, and the public at large… green was to become Al’s new favorite color.

And green did indeed work for him… on so many levels:

In the wake of becoming the most well-known global warming alarmist, Gore won an Oscar, a Grammy and the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, Gore saw his personal wealth increase by an estimated $100 million thanks largely to speaking fees and investments related to global warming hysteria.

At least TCPR’s Drew Johnson sees through all the political smog:

Actions speak louder than words, and Gore’s actions prove that he views climate change not as a serious problem, but as a money-making opportunity,” Johnson said. “Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.

And THAT’s the story behind the story. You see, for Al Gore (or any politician) to want fame and fortune is not news. For him to be revealed as a hypocrite is also not news. The REAL news, as Johnson points out is that Al Gore by his actions clearly shows that he does not see global warming as a serious problem. In spite of all the impressive charts and animated swimming polar bears, Al knows in his heart of hearts that the danger is nowhere near what it is trumped it up to be. So he lives his life accordingly.

Now the question must be asked: if a washed up politician can exploit this issue for his own personal gain without believing the data, how much more so a government or an intergovernmental body? How much does Barack Obama really believe the hype? Or Ban Ki-moon? Could they also be peddling fear to gain more power and perks for themselves? Useful questions to ponder…

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“Warming up” to bigger government

Hold on to your offsets… our guardians of green in Congress are bringing new new global warming legislation to the table. But there is resistance:

Senators voted 74-14 to proceed to the bill, but immediately it became clear Republican opponents were not going to make it easy. A request by Democrats to begin considering substantive changes in the bill was blocked by GOP opponents until Wednesday at the earliest.

homer Mean old GOP!

The Senate measure, which has wide Democratic and some Republican support, would cap U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, cutting them by 18 percent by 2020 and by two-thirds by mid-century. It would specifically target refineries, power plants, factories and transportation for 70 percent reductions and make emissions allowances available to be traded in an open market.

70 percent? Sure, no prob Congress. Just a little rebuilding of major industries from the ground up oughta do it.

I may be dating myself here but… remember a tacky little show from the late 70’s called “Carter Country”? I’m reminded of the fat mayor on that show who often would dump an impossible task on an already overworked police chief saying “Handle it, Roy!” in a lilting voice before scampering off. This is Congress. They are really good at looking like they are doing something while dumping the responsibility on others… the mess that occurs later can always be blamed on those same others.

Let’s clear one thing up. The reason a lot of us conservatives have reservations about global warming legislation is NOT – as some of you may assume – because we are uncaring about our world. We care about it deeply – deeply enough, in fact, that we refuse to stand by and allow a bunch of emotionally charged dunderheads go off half cocked and ruin the quality of life we have in this amazing country and on this beautiful blue-green marble called earth. You see, Congress tends to do that a lot, make impassioned speeches and craft bills that take away more of our freedom while forcing businesses to spend exorbitant amounts of money on “fixes”. All this based upon data that is… get ready… inconclusive.

WHAT!!? What about Al Gore and his impressive Powerpoint chart on carbon dioxide levels? Great! Lets do look at that one a little closer. And in the process let’s look at what happens to respected scientists who have the nerve to question this and other data that is held out there as “proof”. I’ll let our good ol’ Libertarian friend, John Stossel walk you through it:

Get a better picture now? All we know at present is that the climate has been getting warmer. But there have been many such trends throughout history. The difference here is that libs have managed make man the villain this time around rather than… say… volcanoes or dinosaur farts. And by making arbitrary predictions suggesting that New York will become part of the Atlantic Ocean in the next 20 years, they can create panic and the sense of urgency to act: “We don’t have TIME to think! We must do something NOW… for the CHILDREN!”

Don’t get caught up in it, folks – and don’t just join the crowd to be hip. Think for yourselves, look at the data yourselves (ALL of it) and form your own opinions… it really is a liberating thing. And if you come to the conclusion that I have, pick up the phone, call the bonehead who is supposed to be representing you in Congress and make it clear that you’ll take away their job if they take away any more of your freedom.