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Al Gore, Carbon Billionaire

In past arguments, er discussions, I've had concerning bias in global warming research and reporting, I've tried to explain just how much money there is to be made in the green industry. Al Gore is apparently the number one of example. (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming skeptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world's first "carbon billionaire," profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.

Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, asserted at a hearing this year that Mr. Gore stood to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he was urging Congress to adopt.

Mr. Gore is unapologetic.
Mr. Gore says that he is simply putting his money where his mouth is.

"Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?" Mr. Gore said. "I am proud of it. I am proud of it."

(I'm sure he would say that repeating himself is an indication of his passion, not his guilt.) Just because there is money to be made by pushing global warming doesn't disprove it of course. It should just raise your suspicions. If Phillip Morris pushed science that suggested smoking was the path the a healthy mind and body, I think most people would be skeptical.

Note the the New York Times does its best to diffuse the issue, running with the headline "Gore's Dual Role in Spotlight: Advocate and Investor". A close second choice (as I submitted to FARK.com) was probably "Al Gore now eligible for Nobel prize in economics."


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Comments (24)

Hes eligible for a coronary... (Below threshold)
914:

Hes eligible for a coronary anytime now judging by the deep fried grease that spatters everytime He opens that fat ass mouth.

This subject first gained <... (Below threshold)

This subject first gained widespread blog attention back in April:

In any other industry this would be considered a severe conflict of interest. In essence, Al Gore has helped to create a fictitious catastrophe, then told everybody what the solutions have to be, and then put himself in a position to capitalize on the hype. It's not only seriously dishonest, but many people and industries are going to suffer in the wake of this hype while Gore and Big Green bring in millions (and in some cases, billions) of dollars in green money.

Nice to see that the NYT is only six months behind bloggers on this story. Just reporting it is probably a giant step for them.

Al Gore likes to make money... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

Al Gore likes to make money the dishonest way. Pure and simple. Democrats help him. Imagine that!

Al Gore - sleazy huckster w... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Al Gore - sleazy huckster warning us about the horrible, terrible, just-plain-no-good eEvills of Global Warming.

Hurricanes! Typhoons! Earthquakes! Melting Glaciers! Burning oceans! Drowning polar bears! Polar Toppling! Dogs and cats living together! Oh, teh HORRORS! He says we must do whats we cans to STOPS it now! Al Gore says we must stops the Carbon, or buy indulgences to atone for teh sin of technolology and electricty, and flying, and driving, and... and... hell, just plain living in a society advanced beyond a hunter-gatherer stage.

And isn't it convenient that he just HAPPENED to come along at the right time with the right business interests to promote a 'cure' for the 'problem' he was pushing... which incidentally would make him richer than hell, while requiring the rest of us to cut back and do without - which is something Al Gore is very visibly NOT doing, with his huge mansion and jetting all over the place?

Yeah, what's wrong with this picture?

Just watch ole owlgore will... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Just watch ole owlgore will not have to pay any taxes on any of that money he steals from the gullible idiots that will buy into his bs

Paybacks are a bitch Americ... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Paybacks are a bitch America. Al is paying us back for not electing him in 2000. 580 million taxpayer dollars for his car company, not in America by the way, should make him feel better. He knows better than deal with the UAW. Sore loser liberals cashing in is becoming to common these days..

Algore first made money gro... (Below threshold)

Algore first made money growing and selling tobacco. He then demonized tobacco to make much more. He has also sold influence as a US Senator. Now he is making more than ever selling carbon credits. I fully expect he'll eventually start selling actual carbon to be placed into the atmosphere when we undergo a period of rapid planetary cooling. The man has never made an honest $. My only hope is that he finally gets what is rightfully coming to him.

I still think Gore is insan... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I still think Gore is insane.
Very smart, business-wise, but insane.

An insane opportunist.... (Below threshold)
MPR:

An insane opportunist.

Just follow the money in th... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Just follow the money in this Global Warming Scam and much of it trails to the Goracle.

Get ready for a cold winter. I hope his house Tennessee suffers under repeated ice storms this winter. Wonderful Karma for AlGore.

Gore is paying the Rescumic... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Gore is paying the Rescumicans back for stealing the election from him in 2000. Cheating is the only way repugs can win. Like when the completely lied about and smeared the name of a Great American War Hero...John Kerry.

I could weigh in with some ... (Below threshold)

I could weigh in with some observations of my own on the world's at one time most dangerous dullard, Al-Fredo Gore-leone.

But the beautiful, gracious, delectable and altogether delightful (and so far I'm only discussing her intellect, her graciousness, her humility and her impeccable Good manners) Miss Ann Coulter, already has America's (il)liberals tits in terrible tangles for having used the Gore definition in the same sentence as "John Edwards." (Who reacted like a Narcissist to Truth!)

Robert....you can go out an... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Robert....you can go out and play with the other kids now.

As for Gore. I thought Democrats HATED rich people. Isn't Gore one of those filthy RICH, EVIL CEO's?

Oh, and as for "global warm... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Oh, and as for "global warming", you'll now note that it's CLIMATE CHANGE. Well the climate has been CHANGING since day 1 on this planet. You can find the fossilized remains of crocodiles in the Sahara Desert. Personally, I think it's the height of human conceit that we can STOP climate change. Once people realize that, I wonder what new phrase The Goracle will coin.

I really hope Robert was be... (Below threshold)
JustRuss IT1(SW) USN [retired]:

I really hope Robert was being obtuse on purpose, if so that would be a REALLY funny post.

If not...

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"Gore is paying the Rescumi... (Below threshold)
914:

"Gore is paying the Rescumicans back for stealing the election from him in 2000."

Yeah, but His fat ass came so close. If they would have only recounted another 42X He coulda won.

"Cheating is the only way repugs can win. Like when the completely lied about and smeared the name of a Great American War Hero...John Kerry."

Dont sweat it. Your "Great American War Zero" Is doing just fine sponging off of rich heiresses just the way He sponged off the military and lied His treacherous ass off to gain medals.

If he doesn't lay off the K... (Below threshold)
Nancy's Nazi:

If he doesn't lay off the Krispy Kremes he won't be around to enjoy his $.

Corporations pour tons of m... (Below threshold)

Corporations pour tons of money into lobbying for policies that would increase their profits. How is Al Gore any worse than that?

One thing that's true is th... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

One thing that's true is that Al Gore invented a new way of converting carbon into diamond, at lest from a monetary perspective. Al Gore makes Bernie Madoff look like a smalltime lunch money thief by comparison, as Al has shown big business there's money to be made in the climate scam bandwagon. What they don't see is the cliff mother nature put in the path of their bandwagon. The sign on it's rim reads... "Global cooling brought to you by a calm sun."

How is Al Gore any worse... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

How is Al Gore any worse than that?

Because the companies WANT their businesses to continue. Without a customer base, they can't sell their products.

Gore's selling Global Warming - which may or may not exist but for which all the proposed remedies will be friggin' catastrophic for the world economy. And his 'carbon credits' are about on the equivalent of the 'indulgences' for sin the Catholic Church used to sell in the 15th Century.

Better buy some now - gotta keep Al Gore's wallet full - that mansion of his won't heat itself!

"<a href="http... (Below threshold)
Neo:

"Essentially what the judgment says is that a belief in man-made climate change and the alleged resulting moral imperative is capable of being a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by the 2003 religion or belief regulations."

It's official now .. AGW is a religion .. at least in the UK

Al Gore a wealthy liberal c... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Al Gore a wealthy liberal crook becoming even richer from suckers still foolish enough to listen to his poppycock GORE stands for GREEDY,OFENSIVE,REDICULOUS,EVIL

Give me a break. Gore is o... (Below threshold)

Give me a break. Gore is only putting his money where his mouth is. What do you expect him to do -- invest in the coal mining industry? He's no longer an elected official. This shouldn't even be an issue. At least no more than HALLIBURTON was.

Al Gore did not spend the l... (Below threshold)

Al Gore did not spend the last 8 years educating the world about global warming as some sort of convoluted, unnecessarily arduous strategy to make more money through Kleiner Perkins - that would be ludicrous. And understand that Global Warming is not a part of some vast, enviro-fascist conspiracy propounded by an international cabal of greedy meteorologists, marine biologists, and wildlife refuge caretakers.




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