It has been suggested that I do a little research before telling the author of “An inconvenient Truth” to KMA. So I did. What I discovered is that a man who said that all the money that he was making from global warming awareness was being given to a charity to help inform and educate, can’t be telling the whole inconvenient truth. In fact he didn’t tell the truth in front of a Senate committee. In May 2010 he bought a $9 million ocean-side property when his stated wealth in 2000 was $2 million. He also bought the property without using his name, to avoid the certain “bad” press and the questions about how “green” his new mansion is. He is also profiting handsomely from his investments in “green” companies whose profits are being skyrocketed by his message and the liberal press. And if that’s not enough to question his message, he’s done all this during record unemployment and one of the worst recessions in history.
What about the issue? That glaciers are melting, weather patterns are getting more severe. more sunspots, etc. etc. Well, frankly, there’s a lot of inconvenient truth to it. CO2 emissions have been growing at an astounding rate, (20% since 1990) and long before Al Gore saw it as a way to make millions by scaring the shit out of us with a book and a documentary film. But the only solution to lowering GHG or Green House Gases is not driving cars, not using landfills, not raising cattle, sheep and pigs, not heating with fossil fuels, no refrigeration, and stop cutting trees down. And that is world-wide, not just here in the US. (You all remember the pictures of Beijing during the Olympics.) There are some natural cycles and events that are responsible for global warming as well.
How likely is it that those things are going to happen? In my lifetime? In a hundred years? In a million years? You are going to have to flat-line population growth and do it now for one thing. And did Al Gore have an impact on social consciousness? Absolutely, and it was, without a doubt, a good thing. Don’t forget though, Al didn’t do the research, he just became the spokesman. What I have issue with is how rich he’s made himself over it. Was it a causal effect? To a certain extent it was. Most of us got excited about changing our lifestyles, however insignificantly, to save the planet. The real inconvenient truth is that those lifestyle changes will have little or no effect on the current problem. Whether you want to admit it or not, it’s the use of fossil fuels and the mismanagement of global forests that are the paramount cause of the increase in CO2 levels worldwide.
So, Al Gore can still KMA a long time ago. Not because his message wasn’t important or true, but because he has managed to profit significantly from that message. At least tell me what stocks to buy, Al. WTF