Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Insufficiency of other people’s money"

Instapundit has a lengthy post to Walter Russell Mead's article on Al Gore.
Sorry guys, but global warming worries are dead. The agenda is over.
If man has caused worried that dooms the planet, there's another man-caused disaster that has our attention - the economy.
You can accuse others of using their money to protect their interest, but are global warming warnings just part of your portfolio?
But grave as that danger is, Al Gore can consume more carbon than whole villages in the developing world. He can consume more electricity than most African schools, incur more carbon debt with one trip in a private plane than most of the earth’s toiling billions will pile up in a lifetime — and he doesn’t worry. A father of four, he can lecture the world on the perils of overpopulation. Surely, skeptics reason, if the peril were as great as he says and he cares about it as much as he claims, Gore’s sense of civic duty would call him to set an example of conspicuous non-consumption. This general sleeps in a mansion, and lectures the soldiers because they want tents.

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