Al Gore’s movie, which we discussed at length, has been making converts across the nation. Tom Brokaw came out talking about it. John Kerry has tried to adopt it. And it’s pretty easy to see why with the weather we’ve been having.
But does Gore really believe what he’s saying? Does he really believe that Earth is in the balance, that we cause this to happen, and that we should take drastic measures?
Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a “carbon-neutral lifestyle.” To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. “Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb,” warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. “We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin.”
According to record, Gore is doing very little to show leadership in this area. He has not signed up for green energy (from windmills or other renewable sources). He owns stock in petroleum companies. He flies around in jets to premieres (of course he buys credits– or Paramount buys credits to do this.
The issue here is not simply Gore’s hypocrisy; it’s a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn’t he made any radical change in his life? Giving up the zinc mine or one of his homes is not asking much, given that he wants the rest of us to radically change our lives.