As you know, climate expert wannabe and movie mogul Al Gore testified before both the House and the Senate yesterday on his favorite topic. The press (many Gore supporters among them) of course gave him pretty much of a free pass on his testimony, fawning like so many groupies over the former Veep.
However, all didn’t go entirely smoothly for Al. Following on the news of Gore’s huge carbon footprint, Sen. Jim Inhofe asked him if he’d take a pledge to consume no more energy than the average American household — in other words, to limit his consumption to something approximating that of non-millionaire jet-setters. Gore refused. What?!? He’s not willing to lead by example?? Inhofe showed a frame from Al’s PowerPoint/film asking, “Are you willing to change the way you live?” Apparently, Al is not. Alrighty, then.
Over on the House side, Ranking Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) took Gore to task, saying incredulously:
“You just gave us an idea for a straight CO2 freeze, if I heard you correctly. …Every person emits 0.2 tons of CO2 a year, so an absolute true freeze would be no new industry, no new cars, and no new people.”
Good point — exactly why scientists are saying he’s over-reaching. Barton went on to spell out the disastrous effects that a carbon tax would have on our economy and the middle class.
Not to be outdone, Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) had the temerity to call for balance in this whole debate. Balance? Does he really think Al Gore and his Amen Chorus on Capitol Hill and the media are interested in balance? Blunt also noted the potentially great economic impact on consumers of testing Al’s various theories.
Here’s a link to an old piece we did called, “Does This Look Like Consensus To You?” It shows how many folks are out there who just flat don’t agree with this theory, but they are effectively muzzled in this debate.
So Al had quite an outstanding day if you read the press reports — or hear the gushing NPR reports. But if you were there and saw if for yourself, you heard some very uncomfortable questions and saw more than few awkward moments as Al tried to steer the twin shoals of science and hypocrisy.
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