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Al Gore's PR Flack Hoists Gore's Petard

In a moment about as believable as when Al Gore claimed he invented the internet, one of Gore's PR flacks claimed that Gore's new gloom and doom movie -and Gore's self promotion tour- would be "Carbon Neutral."

For you knuckle dragging Neanderthals who are not familiar with the term, carbon neutrality (in broad strokes) means that for all the carbon someone produces they do a good work to consume the same amount of carbon, like planting a tree.

That might be a very large task for Gore and company from what we've heard:

AL GORE "CARBON NEUTRAL"

A representative affiliated with "An Inconvenient Truth", a film about global warming involving former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, has stressed that the movie and Gore's tour to promote it are "carbon neutral".

Last week, Gore and his team were seen driving the 500 metres or so from a hotel to the Cannes festival headquarters in several cars.

We are to believe -if we are a gullible environmentalist- that the entire production of the movie AND Gore jetting around the globe burning fossil fuels by the ton will be offset by the good works of the studio.

Notice, there are no details offered as to how this will be achieved.

Certainly hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tons of C02 were created during the production and distribution of the movie and Gore flying around the globe in his chartered jet. How is the production company going to plant enough trees to offset all that carbon?

Therein lies the trap.

If offsetting the C02 they produced is too monumental a task, they have to admit they were lying and that they are dirty polluters who produce more than their fair share of pollution while lecturing others about their habits. But if they can offset the damage they've done to the environment and it is feasible, Gore and company just proved all their own gloom and doom wrong.

The environmentalist are demanding -from the concourse next to their chartered jets- that we all take a dramatic reduction in our lifestyles; that our lifestyles are not sustainable on this rock we call earth.

But if the jet set lifestyle of Al Gore -is- sustainable doesn't that mean the habits of the rest of us -who pollute far less than Gore- would be far easier to sustain? If we can easily negate the effects of Gore's entourage taking the limos 500 meters, why is it so hard to undo the damage done by my SUV?

By making the claim of carbon neutrality, they have trapped themselves in what we outside the beltway call a lie. Either that they are not carbon neutral or that their whole premise that we all must reduce our standard of living is a farce. Either option exposes the hypocrisy that is the environmental movement.

Update: It doesn't often happen but a commenter convinced me I was dead wrong on this one. So explained Cousin Dave...

Paul, Paul, Paul! You are missing the whole point! Gore is offseting his "carbon footprint" by raising awareness! It's that simple. It doesn't matter if Gore drives an RV down the driveway to get his paper in the morning -- he's doing it for our own good; therefore, his carbon footprint is neutral by definition. In fact, he would probably tell you that he is doing such a magnificant job of "raising awareness" that he actually is reducing carbon emissions!

What can I say? Dave's got me dead to rights on that one.


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Comments (42)

Lie #1:"In a momen... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Lie #1:

"In a moment about as believable as when Al Gore claimed he invented the internet..."

Does anyone really need to read past the first sentence?

Liar.

L. Gore <spit> is jus... (Below threshold)

L. Gore <spit> is just like all the other environmental gloom-inati. They need to pollute in order to stop the rest of us polluting. Our polluion is bad, theirs is all for a good cause.

His 'carbon neutral' claims... (Below threshold)

His 'carbon neutral' claims have at least one gullible believer already, kinda predictable who the first one to step up and defend this would be. The funny thing about that is who cares what someone that mentally challenged believes? Gore certainly hasn't won anybody over who wasn't already willing to believe anything he spewed out anyway.

AlGore is just a silver spo... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

AlGore is just a silver spooned sore loser. He's lost his marbles back when he said we should ban the internal combustion engine. He needs to move some island with Tipper and work on his kissing technique while losing some weight.

How can anyone take this asshat seriously is beyond comprehension.

jp2--are you saying that li... (Below threshold)
algore:

jp2--are you saying that lie # 1 belongs to Gore? What the hell kind of sponge-brained apologist ARE you? If you are going to be a mea culping white liberal guilted stooge, the do it right:

Wizbang is for Nazi shit eaters & their planet hating ilk! Any fool who does not think we are the most evil creatures in the universe should be shot, gassed, and shouted down publically for driving cars; anyone who does believe we are the most evil creatures in the universe should be helping saint George (Looney, not Bush) in Darfur [um, where is that again? Somewhere near a Latte stand, I hope]! Al Gore WON THE ELECTION!! Sick HURL!! Sick HURL!!! Sick HURL!!!!!

I mean, show some initiative.

By making the clai... (Below threshold)
kbiel:
By making the claim of carbon neutrality, they have trapped themselves in what we outside the beltway call a lie.

Therein lies your problem. Inside the beltway, it's called nuance and Algor grew up inside the beltway (with an occasional vacation in Tennessee).

By becoming "Carbon Neutral... (Below threshold)
snowballs:

By becoming "Carbon Neutral" - does this mean that he is going to purchase these to do so?

I don't really mind the environmental message as such - but when it's coming from an dolt like Al Gore in the form of an apocalyptic "documentary", it just looses a lot of meaning.

I wonder when he'll learn to speak Spanish, Chinese, Russian or perhaps Hindi to spread the same message?

Drudge posted that story ab... (Below threshold)
toe the line:

Drudge posted that story about the 500 metre ride to the movies and then quickly removed it. It isn't true. It has been confused with stories about Gore travelling elsewhere in Cannes via auto. He did walk to the film. Don't believe everything you read, not even this. Investigate. Doubt yourself from time to time.

In Al's defense....his C02 ... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

In Al's defense....his C02 footprint is irrelevent to global warming. Just like everybody else's.

I recently had a debate wit... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

I recently had a debate with a liberal friend where he made an argument similar to JP2's. As an aside, i said about some research I found on the internet "in what may make Gore regret that he invented the internet". The liberal then refused to engage on the main topic (i.e. the truth or falsehood of what I was contending) and went after this line.

I followed his link http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp and so re-made my argument to be consistant with what was reported there. "in what may make Gore regret that he created the internet". I was again attacked for casting aspersions on Gore unfairly. But given the quote from the liberals own source "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.", I could do nothing else but stand my ground.

So JP2, if we change the lead sentance from "In a moment about as believable as when Al Gore claimed he invented the internet..." to "In a moment about as believable as when Al Gore claimed he created the internet...", can you then suggest where Paul's reasoning is wrong. It seems good to me, though I recognize neither side is providing much hard data. I don't know how many trees you would have to plant to equal 500 meters in a limo. The jet would likely be a lot harder.

On the other hand, this made me consider my own lifestyle. I work from home, so I don't have that nasty commute carbon deficit. I have a 1.75 acre lot, with literally over 100 trees on it. So can I claim to be morally superior to the environmentalist if I'm not convinced by the global warming data?

My goodness, Al Gorezeera h... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

My goodness, Al Gorezeera has really overlooked the obvious: the very material from which his movie was made is manufactured with all sorts of enviornmental nasties. Like polyesters, polyethelenes, acetates (for assinine movies, no doubt) and other plastics that are all derived from....that's right, Big Oil. Film also has other ugly stuff like silver halide salts (think: 'Erin Brokovich' sued PG&E over it and won) and other acids.

And then there's film processing/developing. Jinkies! What nasty stuff! Toxic emulsions, like acetic acid and formaldehyde and more silver halide (yummy!) and bleach (for color films like Al's).

And this doesn't even account for the actual manufacturing of those emulsions and acids in the first place.

The fun just never stops!

But, in the end, it doesn't matter if you're hypocrite. Just as long as you're doing it for the good of all us, right Al?

(This is fun! It's like talking to a vegan and discovering that they're wearing $135 leather shoes.)

P.S. I wonder if he'll let MySpace users know about this, too?

It may surprise some of you... (Below threshold)
toe the line:

It may surprise some of you to know that film is not used anymore. Video is even on the outs. Welcome to the digital age.

toe the line: BS. ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

toe the line:

BS. Photograhpic film is still used in the making of movies. Then it is transfered to digital. Yes, the switch is on, but film is still used.

Paul, Paul, Paul! You are ... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Paul, Paul, Paul! You are missing the whole point! Gore is offseting his "carbon footprint" by raising awareness! It's that simple. It doesn't matter if Gore drives an RV down the driveway to get his paper in the morning -- he's doing it for our own good; therefore, his carbon footprint is neutral by definition. In fact, he would probably tell you that he is doing such a magnificant job of "raising awareness" that he actually is reducing carbon emissions!

Of course, this reasoning applies to all liberals. Their tireless efforts to educate us great unwashed completely offset their own carbon footprints. Only conservatives emit carbon dioxide! Isn't that obvious?

Anybody else notice that hi... (Below threshold)
Langtry:

Anybody else notice that his companion on the red carpet at Cannes was none other than Laurie David? Laurie David, the wife of Seinfeld creator Larry David, is a founder of the National Resources Defense Council and a rabid-environmentalist who sees no moral quandry vis a vis her harassing Cadillac Escalade drivers and her never flying anything other than a private jet.

Spin that, jp2!

Anybody else notice that... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Anybody else notice that his companion on the red carpet at Cannes was none other than Laurie David? Laurie David

She produced the film.

Dave, check the update. P</... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Dave, check the update. P

Yeah. ^ I thought that was ... (Below threshold)
snowballs:

Yeah. ^ I thought that was funny as hell.

If you call this drivel "ho... (Below threshold)
Lee:

If you call this drivel "hoisting (Gore) on his own petard" you've lead a sheltered life, Paul.

Hmmmm. A petard is a small... (Below threshold)

Hmmmm. A petard is a small bomb, that makes a boom, or a whizbang. Since the film is bombing, despite all this PR, perhaps its better to say his hoist is petarding...

Anyone that believes global... (Below threshold)
Bruce formerly....dukeblondie:

Anyone that believes global warming is not a political movement, must be under 30.

I am 61 and have managed to survive at least four 'end of the world' forecasts in my life so far. Let's see, there was global cooling (70's), famine forecast by Erhlich in the 60's that would kill most of us by the 80's, all of our natural resources gone by 1990 (they all actually increased in reserves in that time), and AIDs. I'm probably forgetting a couple.
Now leftists and elites are using computer models that have been demonstrative failures to try to dupe society again. No sale!

Paul, you ARE wrong on this... (Below threshold)

Paul, you ARE wrong on this one. The Gore entourage creates no emissions because it is powered entirely by his sense of self-satisfaction.

Yep, Uncle Al is a typical ... (Below threshold)
DOUG BOOK:

Yep, Uncle Al is a typical leftist--don't do as I do, just do as I say. Raising awareness, huh. Great. What color is the ribbon for that?

Since the film is bombin... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Since the film is bombing, despite all this PR, perhaps its better to say his hoist is petarding...

A little premature, wouldn't you say? It's been out for one day in 4 theaters. Why would you say it's bombing? Is it the critic's response or the box office numbers? On it's first day (yesterday) it made almost $20k per theater. Da Vinci Code made $1,373 per theater yesterday.

In any case I think you can at least wait one week to say a movie is bombing.

Well I see old JP-0 is stil... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Well I see old JP-0 is still around.

The movie must be do... (Below threshold)

The movie must be doing well -- I just got an e-mail urging me to go see it! And you know they wouldn't be resorting to spam to get people to go see an unpopular movie, would they?

</AlGore-ista>

There's a reason it only op... (Below threshold)

There's a reason it only opened in 4 theaters. And it wasn't just to be exclusive. They didn't want a showing like Hillary's Nashville fiasco.

BTW, what four theaters did it open in, mantis?

Lets see if it can beat TransAmerica, which made more than half as much in two theaters its first day. And I bet the theaters were in two of the same Inconvenient towns.

Anyone wanna bet the carbon... (Below threshold)

Anyone wanna bet the carbon emissions for TransAmerica production and marketing were less than for Inconvenient as well?

So, Al's use of oil is doin... (Below threshold)

So, Al's use of oil is doing more good than harm? Maybe he could acknowledge the same is true for the rest of us.

Since so many commenters ar... (Below threshold)
markswrite:

Since so many commenters are passionate seekers after Truth, let's just remind everyone that Gore never claimed to have "invented the Internet", but rather "took the initiative in creating the Internet". (Invention and implementation are quite different). Did he? Well someone thought so: "Gore is the person who, in Congress, most systematically worked to make sure we got to an Internet". Newt Gingrich, 2000.

There's a reason it only... (Below threshold)
mantis:

There's a reason it only opened in 4 theaters. And it wasn't just to be exclusive. They didn't want a showing like Hillary's Nashville fiasco.

The actual reason is that films are often released in New York and L.A. a couple of weeks before the rest of the country, both so distributors can gauge the response and try to book more screens nationwide (this is especially true of independent films), and because, well, that's where movies are made.

BTW, what four theaters did it open in, mantis?

NY and LA, but it will be released much wider throughout June according to the film's website. No Nashville, but it will be in Louisville and Lexington.

I agree with the first post... (Below threshold)

I agree with the first poster I didn't have to read very long to realize

this was coporate media rehash tripe, smear.

I came here surfing Google news.......

Cheers

Mantis this will answer yo... (Below threshold)

Mantis this will answer your questions.

climatecrises.net

I saw in on the 24 at the Arclight.

Wonderful film.

Engaging, Visualy haunting, Funny, Informative.....

Must See imho.....

From <a href="http://www.wi... (Below threshold)

From Wired:

The Gores and all the employees of Generation lead a "carbon-neutral" lifestyle, reducing their energy consumption when possible and purchasing so-called offsets available on newly emerging carbon markets. Gore says he and Tipper regularly calculate their home and business energy use - including the carbon cost of his prodigious global travel. Then he purchases offsets equal to the amount of carbon emissions they generate. Last year, for example, Gore and Tipper atoned for their estimated 1 million miles in global air travel by giving money to an Indian solar electric company and a Bulgarian hydroelectric project.

So, by keeping on the move,... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So, by keeping on the move, Al ensures that he never lingers in one place long enough for his smug build up to become critical and a danger to the local populace.
He's a Gawd-dem heerow, I tells ya.

Paul: Thanks! Dwi... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Paul: Thanks!

Dwight: Interesting bit of information. Sounds like the libs have hit upon a new form of guilt-powered taxation. I wonder how long it'll be before it's mandatory.

In honor of al bore's new m... (Below threshold)
moseby:

In honor of al bore's new movie I will burn a tire in my backyard today.

re: "Carbon Neutral"<... (Below threshold)

re: "Carbon Neutral"

Perhaps he's read the research that shows there's more CO2 in the air coming in off the Pacific than CO2 in the air leaving from the Atlantic seaboard. :-) (granted, there's been no confirmation of these findings, but then again, there's been no funding at the level necessary to confirm or disprove this early work. I wonder why? :-).

Excess CONUS CO2 absorption is likely due to the US move to fossil fuels long before we had cut down all of our trees (like Europe and the rest of the world). And since we are so productive (2x more output than anyone else per Joule of energy) we require less and less land to support even an increasing population - which means that trees (aka very large weeds that will grow anywhere) are increasingly covering the U.S. This is happening at a rate that our forests will shortly exceed what existed prior to the immigration of American Indians and their use of continent-scale slash-and-burn terraforming.

Another interesting experiment we've yet to see in the global-warming debate is what happens to CO2 when temperature rises (for a representative cross section of land and land use). Some old laboratory cropland-productivity measurements suggests that the amount of CO2 follows temperature (i.e. temp goes up, CO2 goes up). With combustion at the extreme end :-)

Cousin Dave: As to making c... (Below threshold)

Cousin Dave: As to making carbon offsets mandatory,more from Wired:

"The real answer is going to come in the marketplace," he says. "When the capitalist market system starts working for us instead of at cross-purposes, then the economy will start pushing inexorably toward lower and lower levels of pollution and higher and higher levels of efficiency. The main thing that's needed is to get the information flows right, removing the distortions and paying attention to the incentives."

Al Gore was right about ene... (Below threshold)
JR:

Al Gore was right about energy policy and enviornmental issues 20 years or more in advance. Now Bush is saying we need to reduce oil addiction, use ethanol (like Brazil has been for more than 15 years), and hydrogen fuel cell. THIS is official Bush policy, and his father called Al Gore the "ozone" man when he mentioned those issues decades ago. For last six years, Bush administration has brought nothing but misery and disgrace to the United States and its military. It is time to get THE TRUE COMMANDER IN CHIEF f re-elected -- the one who has intellectual capacity to undertand the issues, and moral courage to stand up for what is right. For rest of you, go read "my pet goat...".

Last year at the Sierra Clu... (Below threshold)
dfu:

Last year at the Sierra Club summit in San Francisco, Gore gave a stirring global warming speech. He then went outside, walked past the environmentally-friendly vehicles that were there for test drives, and got into a chauffer-driven Cadillac Escalade. Arianna the blowhard, got into her Chevy Suburban. I got the photo of her in the vehicle, which was plastered all over the Internet to mock her. It sold on eBay as a nice momento.

I love listening to politic... (Below threshold)
An_EE_Professor:

I love listening to politicians and celebrities lecture the great unwashed masses on global warming. It's equivalent to having Paris Hilton lead a discussion on contour integration techniques or quantum mechanics.




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