Al Gore has a modest new home in California, because every eco-cult leader needs a mansion on each coast. Australia’s government dropped emissions trading like a hot rock because the ‘climate crisis’ can wait until after the pesky election, and CNN emulates ancient cultures and is fearful of a vengeful planet. This week’s round-up is a bit of a monster edition, so the hottie is the world’s sexiest woman. It seemed only fair.
Part One: Al Gore & Friends
Al Gore loves the planet so much he has dedicated his earning potential life to the cause. He’s so in love with the Earth that it’s almost as if he wants to visit all of it, in one week:
April 30, 2010–Philippines
April 29, 2010–Johannesburg, South Africa
April 27, 2010–New York (afternoon)
April 27, 2010–Chicago (morning)
April 26, 2010–Denver
April 24, 2010–Italy
April 22, 2010–Montreal
His New York trip was almost a Gore Effect day, it was cold but the snow held off. Al won a big payday in court this week, when a fine of $588 was reversed on appeal. The original fine was for unfair use of a photograph his Current TV used without permission. I was intending to be all snarky and critical of Gore for fighting over a few hundred dollars, but what I didn’t know was he needed the cash for his new California home. Al and Tipper dropped $8,875,000 for an ocean-view villa with a swimming pool, spa and fountains. So, that $588 will come in handy when Tipper starts shopping for new drapes. The Goreacle lashed out at the media, calling articles skeptical of the global warming hoax ‘ridiculous’. Without any sense of irony, Al later blogged and blagged emo-Joe Romm’s ‘important’ new book, which made Romm go ’squeeee’, or something. It wasn’t all easy riding for the global warming profiteer prophet, The Foundry discovered some awkward math when assessing the real costs of Al’s preferred Repowering America plans:
…to meet Al Gore’s plan, with the cheapest renewable energy source, onshore wind, a family of four’s electricity bill would be almost double than if it were supplied by all coal – up from $189 a month to $340 a month. He assured Americans that we can use wind, solar and geothermal to power America. But the price only increases. Offshore wind: $404 a month. Solar thermal: $504 a month and worst of all, solar panels: $718 a month. That’s only $8,600 per family per year to cover our earth with solar panels.
Oddly, when Al wrote about coal’s dirty secrets, the fact that it only costs half of wind power never came up. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Al’s thoughts on the dirty secrets of his favorite renewable, ethanol. An ABC commenter pondered the idea of Al Gore being nominated to the Supreme Court, which is frankly both terrifying and hilarious. But mostly hilarious. The Supremes don’t earn enough to attract an A-lister like Al.
Canada’s perennial hippie and preachy irritant David Suzuki is a scientist, allegedly:
Suzuki believes the broader public still understands the urgent need for action because of the “in your face” impacts of climate change, like extreme weather, wildfires and melting polar ice. “Canada is the most vulnerable to climate change of any of the industrialized countries,” Suzuki said. [he] won’t predict whether the warming problem will be solved in the next 40 years. He and others once believed the 1990s had to be the turnaround decade. “It’s 20 years later and we’re still fighting the battles,” he said. “The direction we’re heading is catastrophic. This is not going to be easy. But the important thing is to get started.”
The daft old hippie has devoted his life to a lost cause and the important thing is to get started? Pardon me, but Epic Fail, no?
Part Two: AGW Scaremongers
A US Democrat finally finds an enemy he can fight, climate change is a national security issue. Remember, as the warmists rush to replace oil, only one place on the planet has enough rare earth metals to make all the shiny new batteries that new green technologies need… and it happens to be a Communist giant that owns a large swathe of US debt. What could possibly go wrong? emo-Joe Romm interviewed Van Jones for Earth Day:
And there’s going to be the opportunity for regular people to get real actual benefits—to get refunds. People are like, “oh, I’m scared of this energy bill because it’s going to make my energy bill go up,” but there’s a way you can actually get a refund on your energy bill and actually wind up with more money in your pocket if you make your home more energy efficient.