Hollywood praises Al Gore for revealing what the media elite consider to be “inconvenient truths.” But the fact is, at some point, Mr. Gore needs to face a few inconvenient truths of his own.
Among environmental activists - those who wear their allegiance to green on their sleeves - Gore has achieved superhero status. And yet his own household habits indicate he is not an energy-saver.
During a global warming hearing, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, presented Gore with a "Personal Energy Ethics Pledge."
That's the type of pledge you would think that Gore would be eager to sign onto.
However, the former Vice-President refused to take the pledge. In other words, he simply could not commit to consuming no more energy than the average American household.
Senator Inhofe tried to appeal to Gore's sense of environmental chivalry, telling him, "There are hundreds of thousands of people who adore you and would follow your example by reducing their energy usage if you did.."
The energy ethics pledge that Inhofe presented to Gore is quite straightforward.It states, "As a believer that human-caused global warming is a moral, ethical, and spiritual issue facing our survival; that home energy use is a key component of overall energy use; that reducing my fossil fuel-based home energy usage will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions; and that leaders on moral issues should lead by example; I pledge to consume no more energy for use in my residence than the average American household ...."
Inhofe did not ask Gore to be some kind of super-saver, besting the energy savings rate of typical Americans. He simply requested that Gore be average in his energy usage. Just average.
And Gore declined the opportunity. I would never use the word hypocrite lightly. After all, we're all sinners, as far as Mother Nature is concerned. There have probably been times in my life when I myself might have failed the noble aim of the Personal Energy Ethics Pledge.
However, can one really point the finger at SUV-driving, high heating bill Americans, when you yourself are using 20 times more than your fair share of energy?
The truth can certainly be inconvenient-especially to a man busy casting himself as a latter-day messiah. Earth to Gore: the position's already been filled. Thanks anyway.
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