Another brief post while I find some time to work on my next long one.
For the average punter, not possessing a science degree can sometimes make the scientific AGW debate seem a bit esoteric: geeks firing gobbledegook-bombs at each other. What I find does hit home, however, is the flagrant hypocrisy surrounding some of AGW’s loudest champions.
We’ve all grown accustomed to reading about how Mr. Al Gore proclaims we must all reduce our electricity consumption, but himself consumes twenty times the national average for a family home in his Tennessee mansion alone (one of a half-dozen or so he owns); how he excuses this behaviour by asserting he buys carbon offsets to cover it all, but is found by an investigative journalist to have purchased these credits from… himself? How he spruiks the impending disaster of a twenty-foot rise in sea level, but spends millions on a luxury waterfront apartment in San Francisco? How he made a career out of flaunting family values, but… well, one could go on mining that vein ad nauseam.
The behaviour of the delegates to last year’s Copenhagen Global Warming summit was another case in point. The city’s relatively small airport tarmac quickly became overrun by the proliferation of private jets, which had to be shunted to nearby Stockholm for the duration of the conference. Blocked in by embarrassingly unfortunate blizzards, many well-heeled summiteers were forced to return home by (gasp) commercial flights. Chauffeured limousine hire was booked solid within a hundred kilometres radius of the Danish capital; meanwhile, the free, low-emission bus service laid on for the conference ran empty, day in and day out.
And now it’s happening again; Edward in the last thread linked to this story concerning Massachusetts senator and former Presidential candidate John Kerry’s luxury $7 million yacht, replete with 10,000 litre diesel fuel tank. No doubt the good senator has purchased carbon credits to offset it. It would be idle to speculate who he purchased them from.
I’m sure you could (and will) give many other examples. And true, it doesn’t speak to the veracity of Global Warming science itself. But to the average person in the street who is the ultimate benefactor of these mountebanks and their lifestyles, the whole thing smells strongly of classical religious hypocrisy, with which we are also all too familiar.
If they don’t follow their own sermons themselves, why should we believe a word of it?