Al Gore, Climate Change, Dynamite and Dollars. Lots of Dollars.
Glen's post reminded me that I wanted to post on Al Gore's Nobel nomination, too.
I cannot think of a more perfect nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize than Al "The Rest Of You Are Ruining My Planet" Gore. As I'm sure most people are by now aware, this prize is given in honour of Alfred Nobel. Nobel, a scientist, left the bulk of his fortune to be used in the giving of these prizes. He made that fortune by inventing dynamite.
You know, the stuff used right here in Tennessee to tear down mountains so that roads can carry emissions-belching cars in a straighter line? The stuff used to make railroads that criss-crossed the world. Yeah. That stuff.
Basically, Nobel invented a way to blow stuff up easier, kill lots of people quicker and generally cause havoc. He then felt bad about it. So bad that he gave away all the money he made from dynamite's invention to the betterment of the world. After he died and couldn't enjoy it anymore, of course.
This dovetails perfectly with Al Gore and his "environmentalism" in so many beautiful ways. Like Nobel, Gore is excited about the wealth to be found in tailoring the world to his personal liking.
the commercial venture that excites Gore most these days is Generation Investment Management, his global fund. As governments begin imposing carbon caps on businesses, Gore says, free markets will reward companies that practice environmental sustainability. The result: reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. "As soon as business leaders get global warming or the environment at large," he says, "they start seeing profit opportunities all over the place. There is so much low-hanging fruit right now, it's just ridiculous." ...
Though Generation invests in a wide range of companies, Gore and his team are especially bullish on the energy sector. We're on the verge of "a real gold rush" in renewables, conservation, and software for identifying and eliminating waste, he says. "The whole economy is going to shift into a much more granular analysis of which matter is used for what, which streams of energy are used for what. Where does it come from? Where does it go? Why are we now wasting more than 90 percent of it?" Gore shakes his head. "The investments in doing it right are not costs - they're profits."
I have absolutely nothing against capitalism. I love it. I think the true earthly salvation for humans lies in one form of capitalism or another. What I do rail against is the current media depictions of Gore as some sort of genial saint concerned only for the welfare of Mother Gaia, angry at what the rest of us breathing, eating and farting humans have done to her.
Al Gore has done nothing more than find his brand. The brand of Al Gore 3.0. He is no longer the Fortunate Son waiting in the wings for his turn to run the free world. He is no longer the wigged-out frustrated lumberjack finding himself on the campus of MTSU. He is now Mr. Gaia, pimping that love-of-earth for all the dollars he can wring out of the thing. You do know that the Nobel Peace Prize is accompanied by a cash award, right?
Like Nobel, Gore is content to pursue wealth and feelgoodism for the upper classes while ignoring the strife his methods cause to those on the lower economic rungs of society. Do you think Nobel truly cared about the thousands of Chinese who died handling dynamite to build the railroad? Do you think Gore truly cares about the many poor people in America who are kept out of better, higher paying jobs because they cannot afford a car which passes emissions tests?
I have no doubt that Gore has found an inner peace for himself as he pursues this new avenue to increased fame and wealth. Yet somehow I wonder if he cares who gets blown up in the way...
Oh well. It's Nobel's prize. May as well give it to a like-minded fellow.