Wednesday, March 14, 2007

How Inconvenient for Gore

I don't know a lot about global warming; but I do have a general notion that what we're experiencing along those lines is probably part of a great cycle. What I do know is, for reasons I can't explain, I got really uncomfortable during the Academy Awards watching the Hollywood elite treat Al Gore like some kind of hero.

My 17-year-old has bought into all the hype. He's basically freaking out about global warming and has developed some preposterous hatred for President Bush, as if whatever might be going on is his fault. He raised his voice the other day and said, "Do you realize that Bush refuses to even watch An Inconvenient Truth?" That's the movie "starring" Al Gore which won an Academy Award. Well, no. I didn't know that and I don't care. Do you really think the president would take the time to watch that piece of liberal propaganda?
Hold on. Did I just tip my political hand? Who anointed Al Gore savior of the universe? I didn't watch the movie either and I don't plan to. I'm not closed-minded. I am as worried about the future of the planet as the next guy. I just don't need a bitter politician to tell me about it. This movie made millions and the accompanying book was a best-seller. Do you think Gore's motivations were pure? If so, he should donate the proceeds to Shreveport Green or something.
It has taken me a while to get to my point, but here it is: the notoriously liberal New York Times is taking Gore to task for playing fast and loose with the truth in the movie and book. Isn't that inconvenient?
At our house, we're big recyclers. My in-laws drive hybrid vehicles. As a Catholic, I've been taught not to waste food. We are an environmentally friendly family. I'm inclined to believe that our global environment is rapidly changing; but I'm not ready to jump on Al Gore's pony and ride it bareback into oblivion.
To me, it's just as likely that our solar system's position in the galaxy at this moment in eternity is causing changes. There is a growing school of thought that all of this will reach its peak when our planet and the rest of our celestial brethren reach galactic equinox in 2012. Honestly, is that any more farfetched than Gore's hysterics? Surely, if he started whining about the potential for a destructive pulse of energy from the center of the Milky Way he would be labeled a kook.
Oh, by the way, I guess we all noticed that Gore is spending an average of $30,000 a year on utilities at his Tennessee mansion. It has been widely reported that for his home Gore uses approximately twenty times the energy the average American uses.
Whatever it is we need to do, I'm all for getting it done. I am not dismissing Gore's presentation completely. It just galls me that some people take the title of his movie literally. It may not be truth, at all. At this point, it's just an incovenient theory which is worthy of more study.

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Anonymous said...

I completely agree Darrell. I used to not like you that much 20 years ago, you would come in my place of business and be a little rude and snobby. But, now - 20 years later, I really like your blog!

Darrell said...

Thank you for the compliment on the blog. 20 years ago, I was rude and snobby. So, I apologize for that. Do I still come into your place of business? If so, say hello next time. I'll do my best to be better behanved.