The World According To Gore
©2007 Nathan Tabor
instance, how could a man who once considered abortion to be arguably
the taking of a human life turn around and court the favor of
pro-abortion forces during his last ill-fated Presidential campaign?
The inconvenient truth in that instance was that Gore was a
flip-flopper who flipped to the side that fails to recognize the truth
that an unborn child is a person who deserves legal protection.
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
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.
the record, Gore is no slouch when it comes to energy use.
He’s a big-time user. It’s
been reported that his electricity usage is 20 times higher than that of
the average American household.
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.
Don’t give us the run-around on carbon offsets or the gimmicks
the wealthy do.”
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
by March 21, 2008.”
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.
Gore declined the opportunity.
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.
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?
truth can certainly be inconvenient—especially to a man busy casting
himself as a latter-day messiah.
to Gore: the position’s already been filled. Thanks anyway.