Here is the release.
The problem here is the same problem I always have with politicians (or anyone else, for that matter) that get on their soapboxes and advocate a certain thing, yet do not demonstrate the example. If a person like Al Gore were to truly believe in what he is doing, why is it so hard to live in the same manner?
Liberals and socialists are good at telling a middle class family of four, they should cut back on this or that, should willingly and happily surrender more of their hard earned money to ease poverty, and generally bow to the will of those seeking the vote of those that have little, so that those that are without can be on a government program that is is rife with corruption and inefficiency. In stark contrast to their words, many of them are not willing to give more of what they earn, nor do they sacrifice much (if any) of their lifestyle, to attain these goals.
I'll bet Al Gore and John Kerry, both, take every last tax exemption their accountants can find, just to avoid paying more taxes. Many are no different than the countless CEOs, billionaires, and multi-millionaires that do the exact same thing. If a politician, Hollywood elitist, or some other advocate of wealth re-distribution and environmental protection were to really believe in these philosophies, why do try to beat Uncle Sam out of money and why do they consume more?
Better yet, if Al Gore is so convinced that this calamity called global warming can be corrected, why isn't he leading the charge? Why do others like Ted Kennedy fly in private jets, drive huge SUVs, and fight efforts to have wind mills placed on their islands?
Anyone have answers? I'd love to hear them.
An Interesting Addendum To This Story: ABC has picked up the story.
Here is an excerpt:
If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules."
Scoffed a former Gore adviser in response: "I think what you're seeing here is the last gasp of the global warming skeptics. They've completely lost the debate on the issue so now they're just attacking their most effective opponent."
Kalee Kreider, a spokesperson for the Gores, did not dispute the Center's figures, taken as they were from public records. But she pointed out that both Al and Tipper Gore work out of their home and she argued that "the bottom line is that every family has a different carbon footprint. And what Vice President Gore has asked is for families to calculate that footprint and take steps to reduce and offset it."
They are busted, and they know it.
One person tries to deflect the issue and another tap dances his way through it with some BS carbon foot print. That's real convincing.