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Al Gore, who made hundreds of millions of dollars off promoting his thoughts on "global warming", accused President Obama of having "failed" to act to stop warming.  (Source: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty images)

Mr. Gore, who recently bought his fourth luxury mansion, uses carbon like there's no tomorrow. But he says he's actually "carbon neutral" thanks to carbon credits he buys from his own company.  (Source: coldwell banker previews via real estalker)

White House officials insist Mr. Gore's accusations are untrue and that the President hasn't "failed" to address climate change.  (Source: AP Photo)
Wealthy investor-cum-advocate continues to be one of the global warming movement's noisiest voices

United States President Barack Obama must be feeling a bit like his predecessor, George W. Bush, when it comes to the topic of climate change.  President Bush was criticized by Democrats as being too weak on climate change.  At the same time, more extreme elements of his party criticized his efforts like CAFE revisions for supposedly being too heavy-handed.  Likewise, President Obama has been criticized by Republicans for being to heavy-handed on climate change, but has been criticized by extreme members of his own party for being too weak.

Taking to the pulpit in a rambling 8-page online editorial in the magazine Rolling Stone, former Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore delivered perhaps the most stinging criticism yet against President Obama.  Entitled "Climate of Denial", Gore speaks on behalf of the latter contingent -- extreme elements of the Democratic party -- in lashing out at the President saying he has "failed" to do his part to advert the climate crisis.

I. A Question of Credibility

It's a widely known fact that Al Gore makes over $100,000 for speaking appearances.  In 2007 Fast Company estimated a speaking date with Mr. Gore would cost you a cool $175,000 USD.

In his global warming "documentary" An Inconvenient Truth, Mr. Gore claims to have given at least 1,000 speeches, meaning that he's likely earned in excess of $100M USD.  And there's the profits from that documentary as well -- Mr. Gore likely earned a tidy cut of the film's almost $50M USD box office gross [source] and $31M USD in DVD sales [source].

That's not too shabby for a man who was once written off as too boring to become president.

And then there's Mr. Gore's alternative energy climate firms such as Kleiner Perkins and Generation Investment Management LLP.  According to reports, Mr. Gore is poised to become the "world's first carbon billionaire", thanks to these investments.

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

He's also been forced to defend his palatial living quarters, which are far from carbon-neutral [source].  In 2007 his 20 room, 8 bathroom mansion used as much electricity in a month as the average American household did in a year. The Gore manor also devoured a very sizable amount of natural gas a year.  In 2010 he bought a fourth mansion -- an even more extravagant abode [source].

And that's not to mention the companies private jets that he's used over the years to promote his "anti-warming" efforts [source]. (Mr. Gore contends that he's never owned a jet personally so this doesn't count.)

Faced with ever present criticism over his apparent green hypocrisy, Mr. Gore says he lives "carbon neutral" by purchasing a wealth of carbon credits to offset his lavish lifestyle.  But reports indicate Mr. Gore is really just paying himself -- his credits allegedly come from Generation Investment Management, a London-based company with offices in Washington, D.C., for which he serves as chairman. [source]

In legal cases justices are supposed to recuse themselves from matters where they have a vested interest.  But Al Gore is no judge and he doesn't seem ready to recuse himself of this debate in which he has a massive vested interest in anytime soon.

Mr. Gore does have the honor of a Nobel Peace Prize, along with United Nations International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) embattled chairman Rajendra K. Pachauri, for what it's worth, though.

II. Obama -- "Weak" on Climate?

Al Gore attacks Obama in a piece he writes for Rolling Stone he comments:

President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change. After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding.
Without presidential leadership that focuses intensely on making the public aware of the reality we face, nothing will change.

Mr. Gore contends it wouldn't damage the President politically to get "tougher" on climate, writing:

Many political advisers assume that a president has to deal with the world of politics as he finds it, and that it is unwise to risk political capital on an effort to actually lead the country toward a new understanding of the real threats and real opportunities we face. Concentrate on the politics of re-election, they say. Don't take chances.

All that might be completely understandable and make perfect sense in a world where the climate crisis wasn't "real." Those of us who support and admire President Obama understand how difficult the politics of this issue are in the context of the massive opposition to doing anything at all — or even to recognizing that there is a crisis. And assuming that the Republicans come to their senses and avoid nominating a clown, his re-election is likely to involve a hard-fought battle with high stakes for the country.
But in this case, the President has reality on his side. The scientific consensus is far stronger today than at any time in the past. Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act.

The attack sent the White House press department into a panic.  They rushed to point out the 960 metric tons yearly saved by the President's Recovery Act that set "aggressive new joint fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and trucks."

States White House official Clark Stevens in a written response, "The President has been clear since day one that climate change poses a threat domestically and globally, and under his leadership we have taken the most aggressive steps in our country’s history to tackle this challenge."

Mr. Gore dismisses anyone who questions that global warming is real, man-made, and "destroying the climate balance that is essential to the survival of our civilization" as a "polluter" or "idealogue".  It's a strategy that promises huge profits for Mr. Gore -- and one that he claims to firmly believe in from an altruistic perspective as well.

One thing's for sure -- this won't be the last time Mr. Gore will be spotted beating the drum of the global warming movement and noisily opening his mouth as a self-proclaimed expert on climate change.

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By Sensible Discussion on 6/23/2011 2:36:55 AM , Rating: 0
There is much political disgust expressed with the pace of the production of Green Energy and the conversion to a Green Economy. The use of oil continues to suck money out of the pockets of North Americans while sending it abroad to other countries. We need quick solutions to start reducing our dependance on foreign oil and the climate changing carbon it produces.

RE: Time to face the facts and stop living in denial
By JW.C on 6/23/2011 4:50:28 AM , Rating: 2
Climate changing carbon it produces? My god man stop listening to the idiots that are screaming about how man is the cause of climate change. We do NOT produce enough CO2 to make any sort of impact on the global climate. The fact is that man made CO2 only accounts for 14% of all CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 makes up only 0.037% of the atmosphere, of that only 0.0051% is man made.

Please stop listening to the idiots and check out the numbers for yourself

By BansheeX on 6/23/2011 5:13:58 AM , Rating: 2
Someone still needs to explain to me how the little ice age could have happened before man started burning fossil fuels and reproducing to the likes of 6 billion. Greenland was colonized and then abandoned during this time because of a 7 degree Fahrenheit temp change over only 80 years.

By JW.C on 6/23/2011 5:23:31 AM , Rating: 4
The thing that bothers me is that these global warming fanatics refuse to acknowledge the fact that we are actually still in an ice age. The average global temp is 14.2C and we are in an interglacial period. When the ice age was at its peak, global temps were 12C. Before the ice age the average global temp was 22C. Thats far above what we currently have and even when it was 22C the world survived.

No, the sun is the cause of global climate change, man has little to no impact. Even now there are studies that point out the fact that the suns activity seems to be slowing down. Its entirely possible that should the activity drop off like it did in the 1600s we could very well see years with almost no warming between winters.

By kattanna on 6/23/2011 10:54:50 AM , Rating: 4
Someone still needs to explain to me how the little ice age could have happened

it happened most likely because of a complete lack of sun spots. when the sun enters low periods of activity it allows more interstellar cosmic rays to reach earth which in turn create more cloud cover. with an increase in clouds the earth receives less of the suns radiation, because it is reflected back by the clouds. with less radiation reaching the ground you will get a net cooling effect as the oceans will have absorbed less heat and therefore have less heat to transport around the globe.

and currently it is looking like we might just be entering such a period again.

another way the sun directly effects the earths magnetosphere

and talk of a new maunder minimum

By tng on 6/23/2011 11:42:16 AM , Rating: 2
and talk of a new maunder minimum

Seen that one. Scientists really don't understand how the suns cycles work and the recent decline in activity has allot of them scrambling for new theories.

If the global temps continue to decline and we slip into what could be considered a little ice age, there will still be those who will blame man for profit... (Al Gore).

If you want to know what Al is all about look at his personal worth before and after he started the whole global warming campaign. It is the about the money, not saving the earth.

By Ghost42 on 6/23/2011 11:38:25 AM , Rating: 2
Good Luck with that.. It's like Adam & Eve & Dinosaurs..

By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 8:48:48 AM , Rating: 3
People like you wont support domestic drilling, though. So don't give me that "foreign oil sucks money out of our pockets line". You clearly don't support using ANY oil from anyone.

By tayb on 6/23/2011 8:56:26 AM , Rating: 2
There is no such thing as a quick solution to our energy problems. We need sustained HUGE investments in internal energy plans and we need to open up areas of the US for drilling that were previously closed off. We should be cutting money EVERYWHERE to fund research into alternative energy. Every penny we spend we'll get back tenfold if we can wean our way off of foreign oil but it isn't going to be a quick fix and that is what most people don't understand. It will take 20-30 years.

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