Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Perhaps the most inconvenient truth of this entire spectacle is that Al Gore’s own “carbon footprint” is twenty times that of the average American. When Mr. Gore calls on the bourgeoisie to take action, but lacks in his own personal standards, the situation reeks of hypocrisy.

As a Catholic, I know the path Mr. Gore follows. Written across the ages and woven into tapestries hung in museums, the Catholic history presented a Church that allowed its congregation to buy their way out of purgatory. Taking a good look around the world, it appears Mr. Gore has done the very same thing: purge his “carbon sins” by investing in carbon offsets – you know, like having farmers turn methane into energy. That is all fine and dandy, but keep in mind, those “investments” do not replace what has already been lost. While natural gas may burn cleaner than most other fuels, it still remains non-renewable and, unfortunately for Mr. Gore, emits toxins, too.

I believe Mr. Gore may want to rethink his strategy for ambient lighting in the three homes he owns.

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One thought on “Do As I Say, Not As I Do

  1. I think his message was more broad than that. We all have some habits that aren’t eco-friendly; it’s just being conscious of what we do.

    For someone who needs to travel a lot, I think the idea of carbon offsets is better than nothing–especially if it’s something like planting trees.

    I’m not saying it’s the solution, but just have to be aware of how the way we live impacts the earth and everything else on it.

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