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The Gore-y Details on Global Warming

Today’s hypocrisy award goes to … Al Gore and his refusal to take the “Personal Energy Ethics Pledge” during his testimony on global warming before Congress — meaning his personal house could consume no more energy than the average house. When asked, Gore refused, perhaps because his house is reported to use 20 times more energy than the average home uses.

Gore calls it a “planetary emergency”, but won’t pledge to reduce his own energy use, as MSNBC reports.

Inhofe pressed Gore to commit to cutting his personal home energy consumption to no more than what the average American household consumes — without paying for carbon offsets, which Inhofe dismissed as “gimmicks used by the wealthy.”

Gore demurred, but later said, “We live a carbon-neutral life, senator, and both of my businesses are carbon-neutral. We buy green energy, we do not contribute to the problem that I am joining with others to solve.”

Living a carbon-neutral life means calculating how much carbon you emit, cutting emissions where possible and balancing the rest by buying so-called carbon offsets, such as investments in windmills or by planting trees.

MSNBC is being polite: demurred means “to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object:”. In simple words, Gore refused to help solve this planetary emergency; he doesn’t want to change his lifestyle or sacrifice.

Former Vice President Al Gore refused to take a “Personal Energy Ethics Pledge” today to consume no more energy than the average American household. The pledge was presented to Gore by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, during today’s global warming hearing.

Gore has been criticized for excessive home energy usage at his residence in Tennessee. His electricity usage is reportedly 20 times higher than the average American household.

So Gore believes global warming is a crisis (not just a crisis, but a planetary emergency), but isn’t willing to sacrifice as he’s asking everyone else to do. Just like Edwards, he believes global warming is a crisis and requires immediate action — from everyone else but him.

Perhaps he just needs a reminder of his message:

hyp·o·crite – noun

1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

Are you ready to change the way you live, Mr. Gore? Apparently not. Change and sacrifice is for others, but for Mr. Gore using 20 times more energy than average (and refusing to change) is perfectly acceptable.

If global warming is real, and if urgent changes are required, and if it’s a crisis now, everyone must share in the sacrifice. By refusing the Personal Energy Ethics Pledge, Gore shows himself as the biggest of hypocrites … except maybe John Edwards whom we chronicled yesterday.

The problem is elitism. All men may be equal, but Edwards and Gore act as if some are more equal than others.

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