Hollywood praises Al Gore for revealing what the media elite consider to be inconvenient truths. But the fact is, at some point, Mr. Gore needs to face a few inconvenient truths of his own.
For instance, how could a man who once considered abortion to be arguably the taking of a human life turn around and court the favor of pro-abortion forces during his last ill-fated Presidential campaign? The inconvenient truth in that instance was that Gore was a flip-flopper who flipped to the side that fails to recognize the truth that an unborn child is a person who deserves legal protection.
Among environmental activists—those who wear their allegiance to green on their sleeves—Gore has achieved superhero status. And yet his own household habits indicate he is not an energy-saver.
During a global warming hearing, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, presented Gore with a “Personal Energy Ethics Pledge.” That’s the type of pledge you would think that Gore would be eager to sign onto. However, the former Vice-President refused to take the pledge. In other words, he simply could not commit to consuming no more energy than the average American household.
For the record, Gore is no slouch when it comes to energy use. He’s a big-time user. It’s been reported that his electricity usage is 20 times higher than that of the average American household.
Senator Inhofe tried to appeal to Gore’s sense of environmental chivalry, telling him, “There are hundreds of thousands of people who adore you and would follow your example by reducing their energy usage if you did. Don’t give us the run-around on carbon offsets or the gimmicks the wealthy do.”
The energy ethics pledge that Inhofe presented to Gore is quite straightforward. It states, “As a believer that human-caused global warming is a moral, ethical, and spiritual issue facing our survival; that home energy use is a key component of overall energy use; that reducing my fossil fuel-based home energy usage will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions; and that leaders on moral issues should lead by example; I pledge to consume no more energy for use in my residence than the average American household by March 21, 2008.”
Inhofe did not ask Gore to be some kind of super-saver, besting the energy savings rate of typical Americans. He simply requested that Gore be average in his energy usage. Just average.
And Gore declined the opportunity.
I would never use the word hypocrite lightly. After all, we’re all sinners, as far as Mother Nature is concerned. There have probably been times in my life when I myself might have failed the noble aim of the Personal Energy Ethics Pledge.