Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gore-y Details

Hillary Clinton, in a presumed bid to appeal to Millennials, has trotted Al Gore out on the campaign trail.

It is a curious choice.

I might call it sub-optimal.

Why would I call it that?

That is the term that Nina Tanden, one of Hillary's campaign staff used to describe her instincts in the WikiLeaks emails.

Why is her judgment sub-optimal with regard to Al Gore?

A few Gore-y details.

First, Al Gore ran for President in 2000.  Most Millennials were not even out of junior high school then. A good portion had not even been born yet.

Second, why would you put Al Gore on a stage at the same time that you are claiming that Donald Trump does not respect women?

Does anyone remember this story about Al Gore from 2010 in Business Insider?

Former Vice President Al Gore has been hit by new allegations of sexual assault. This time, it's two more massage therapists bringing the charges.
The former VP is already in hot water, fighting abuse claims in Portland, where another masseuse said Gore groped her in '06 and asked her to perform a "chakra release" (massage-speak for "hand job".) He denies everything.
The new allegations are said to have taken place at two hotels - one in Beverly Hills in 2007, when Gore was in Hollywood for the Oscars, the other in Tokyo in 2008.
A source from the luxury hotel in Beverly Hills told The Enquirer: "The therapist claimed that when they were alone, Gore shrugged off a towel and stood naked in front of her." He then propositioned her for a sexual act, according to The Enquirer.
The Portland, Oregon female masseuse described Gore as a "crazed sex poodle."

Of course, have you heard any of this from the mainstream press as Al Gore has gone on stage for Hillary Clinton? Of course not. In fact, the New York Times barely mentioned the Portland case back in 2010 even though, unlike Donald Trump, it was the subject of a police investigation.

Third, if there is anyone who is a bigger hypocrite in the world than Hillary Clinton, it is Al Gore.

This is a guy who has spent the last two decades warning about fossil fuels and global warming.

However, he lived in a 20-room house with 10 bedrooms that consumed 221,000 kilowatts of electricity in 2006 according to ABC News. That is 20 times the total energy consumed by an average house. His bill for that much energy?  $30,000 in annual utility costs.

He flew the world in private jets that consume hundreds of gallons of fuel per hour.

He sold a cable tv network that he started (Current TV) and sold it to Al Jazeera in 2010 for $500 million. Of course, Al Jazeera is owned by the govenment of Qatar which would not have any money but for oil. He did not seem to have any problem with profiting from fossil fuels when it came to himself.

He became wealthy pushing the sale of dubious "carbon credits" that are supposed to save our planet.

Of course, he is also famous for his 2006 "documentary",  An Inconvenient Truth" where he claimed the whole world was going to melt before our very eyes. If fact, in 2007 Al Gore said this as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize ( I am still trying to figure out what Al Gore did for peace. It is even more confusing than trying to understand what Barack Obama did for peace).

The ice cap is falling off a cliff. It could be completely gone in summer in as little as 7 years from now.
                                               -Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize Speech, December, 2007

This is a satellite image of the arctic ice cap in July, 2015, a little more than 7 years after Al Gore made that statement. Does it look ice-free?

Those are the Gore-y details.

Come to think about it, sub-optimal could describe both Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

Millennials, take note.

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