Al Gore doesn't practice what he preaches
May 24, 2006 4:23 PM   Subscribe

The damning evidence Al Gore has gone out of his way...in fact...made it his mission to condemn users of fossil fuels. He is in fact his own nightmare.
posted by shockingbluamp (27 comments total)

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Is this a joke?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 4:24 PM on May 24, 2006


also, double. (I'm lazy)
posted by piratebowling at 4:25 PM on May 24, 2006


Is this serious link... because the The Competitive Enterprise Institute is seriously batshit/snot/insane by most definitions. If one is to be critical of Gore link to someone not quite so divergent with reality.

There are medications for psychosis like they exhibit
posted by edgeways at 4:27 PM on May 24, 2006


Competitive Enterprise Institute has received $2,005,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$85,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 1998 grants list

2000
$230,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$280,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Annual Report

2002
$205,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
50K congressional briefing program, 140K general operating support, 60K legal activities
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report

2002
$200,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
140K general operating support, 60K for legal activities.
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report

2003
$25,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Corporate Giving Report

2003
$440,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Corporate Giving Report

2004
$90,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: Exxon Giving Report 2004

2004
$90,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Global Climate Change
Source: Exxon Giving Report 2004

2004
$90000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Global Climate Change Outreach
Source: Exxon Giving Report 2004

2005
$90,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 DIMENSIONS Report (Corporate Giving)

2005
$180,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 DIMENSIONS Report (Corporate Giving)
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 4:27 PM on May 24, 2006


Does this mean they're scared of this movie? Or just business-as-usual?
posted by cell divide at 4:27 PM on May 24, 2006


Wow, a one link post to a site that's been roundly mocked on the blue.

You are going to get so flamed.....
posted by lumpenprole at 4:28 PM on May 24, 2006


The scientific consensus is clearly expressed in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program, the IPCC is charged with evaluating the state of climate science as a basis for informed policy action. In its most recent assessment, the IPCC states unequivocally that the consensus of scientific opinion is that Earth's climate is being affected by human activities:
"Human activities . . . are modifying the concentration of atmospheric constituents . . . that absorb or scatter radiant energy. . . . [M]ost of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations."
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 4:29 PM on May 24, 2006


Indeed
posted by prostyle at 4:29 PM on May 24, 2006


thank you, prostyle. I was just going to link to that since I just found it. Anyway: shit, flagged, next?
posted by piratebowling at 4:30 PM on May 24, 2006


Advocacy commercials funded by and on behalf of the oil industry: the best of the web.

Roll on the dismantling of net neutrality...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:32 PM on May 24, 2006


In shockingbluamp's defense, the "Al Gore: An Inconvenient Story" web-only video to which this post apparently refers was posted after all of the recent mocking took place. Still, probably better off as a comment on the existing thread.
posted by schoolgirl report at 4:34 PM on May 24, 2006


The fact that Al Gore is a huge consumer of the fuels he is condemning stands by itself. How can you defend that? I ride a fuckin bike and don't fly. I changed. He won't because he is promoting himself. Defend al Gore. He doesn't give a shit unless you have $ to give him. Hell...give him enough and he might fly his plane to your backyard and BBQ a goat. His hand is out there waiting for your cash. He'll scare you into giving.
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:34 PM on May 24, 2006


Alt-F
posted by edgeways at 4:37 PM on May 24, 2006


So you're saying he's no different from the fossil fuel industry?
posted by luriete at 4:38 PM on May 24, 2006


And yet, here you are... using the INTERNET. All of it powered by electricity, very little of it green. Your only hope is to get out of here, dig a hole and lie in it, never posting again.
posted by klangklangston at 4:38 PM on May 24, 2006


that makes sense....is that all you got? I use a computer? Sorry...bash me but that is LAME.
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:40 PM on May 24, 2006


How can you defend that?

I think the issue here is the extent to which anthropogenic climate change will negatively impact human societies and whether or not energy companies -- and their friends in power -- will forestall the reforms needed to avoid global ecological and social collapse.

But if you want to focus on Mr. Gore's transportation habits, go nuts.
posted by docgonzo at 4:41 PM on May 24, 2006


that makes sense....is that all you got? I use a computer? Sorry...bash me but that is LAME.

I'm sorry, but a little crappily animated image of Gore jumping around the country is just as convincing for the other side. How about some real figures?

He obviously travels immensely, are you saying his message doesn't merit that travel?
posted by piratebowling at 4:42 PM on May 24, 2006


The fact that Al Gore is a huge consumer of the fuels he is condemning stands by itself.
No, I don't think it does. I think it stands in the context of his efforts to promote conservation. Good for you for riding a bike, but in the long run Gore is going to have done a lot more good. And bad for you for making stuch a stupid non-point.

Okay, you can delete the thread now.
posted by uosuaq at 4:43 PM on May 24, 2006


It's probably also important to note that at least for the production and marketing of his movie, Gore and the production company have pledged to be carbon neutral. Use of some fossil fuels is of course unavoidable these days, so they are counteracting that use by investing in an equal amount of clean energy.
posted by crawl at 4:45 PM on May 24, 2006


The fact that Al Gore is a huge consumer of the fuels he is condemning stands by itself.

Soooo, if we do something about global warming, Al Gore will stop causing it?

Awesome. Let's get to work.

--
Al Gore, Inventor of Internet, Sole Cause of Global Warming....not a bad resume.
posted by wah at 4:45 PM on May 24, 2006


The planes would fly whether Mr. Gore was on them or not. It'll use a shade more fuel having him on board, true, but not much.

It's also worth pointing out that his traveling is spreading a message; it's a cost with a potential benefit.

A company that's in bad financial shape will often spend money to save money. This is called 'investment'. Using fuel to try to save fuel is exactly the same thing.
posted by Malor at 4:47 PM on May 24, 2006


Al Gore is CAUSING global warming! He just can't win.
posted by parallax7d at 4:49 PM on May 24, 2006


Kodos to wah for a funny and on-point response. Thanks. Come over for some goat. I make it tasty.
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:51 PM on May 24, 2006


There is an entry on my blog about this malarky. Feel free to contribute to the discussion.
posted by sindark at 4:51 PM on May 24, 2006


The fact that Al Gore is a huge consumer of the fuels he is condemning stands by itself.

It stands by itself as an indicator of the fact that we have developed no reasonable alternatives. He could use maglev trains powered by wind, solar or nuclear to go about the business of promoting change...

...gee, no he couldn't, because, gosh, those means don't exist! Golly wilikers, maybe something should be done about that! But who will promote this cause? Gosh, not Al, he's evil because he goes around promoting the cause using the means available!

By the way, looking at your commenting history, you seem to trot out the protestors are just doing it for money line a lot. Has it occurred to you that the real money -- by many, many orders of magnitude -- is all on the other side?
posted by George_Spiggott at 4:52 PM on May 24, 2006


Libertarian outed...oops.
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:54 PM on May 24, 2006


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