This time around Al opens his show with a member of the generation of Americans who presumably will be the most affected acting as interviewer. Seriously uneasy as a man dismantling a ticking bomb, the young man begins to question Al Gore on the impending doom that will certainly befall us all if we do not change our sinful ways. What will happen if we don’t give up our habit of consuming fossil fuels and befouling our atmosphere with carbon? That filthy carbon! It’s everywhere! Everywhere! Former Vice President Al Gore wastes no time expounding on what now seems to be his area of expertise as an environmentalist. How he got to be an environmentalist, no one knows. I have to assume that it is much like waking up to find an elephant in your pajamas.
Mr. Gore’s grim answer to,What will happen?, is followed by the young man pleading, What can we do, Al? What can we do? Then the bridle is off and Gore races ahead with his political agenda. Well, I must confess I was surprised by the answer that he gave. I was convinced the first words out of Al’s mouth would suggest that a generous portion of your income be put into a plain white envelope (with no return address) and mailed to his post office box in Tennessee. But that was not the case. Instead Mr. Gore launched into a litany of how we must change the way we live—be cognizant of our surroundings and aware of our politics. That’s right—turn off the bedroom light as you leave the room, and make sure you vote Democrat. By doing so, you will do your part in supporting efforts to turn back the impending apocalypse brought on by mankind’s greed and antagonizing dear old Mother Nature. Once again, the Left has hung its hat on a vague set of platitudes accompanied by stoking unsubstantiated fear. What a way to get votes! But do not take this lightly—winning elections gives them the control and power they truly desire and that is exactly what this is all about in the first place—control, and with it, controlling every aspect of your life.
Gore’s presentation moves along swiftly, employing a string of witnesses in strange outfits who speak English with foreign accents, because everyone knows Americans have a tendency to think foreigners from Western Europe are more intelligent. This was about the point at which I could not take it anymore—roughly four minutes into yet another trip through Al Gore’s Land of Climatic Insanity. The discussion began to make me feel as if I were attending a Star-Trek convention with all those fanatics dressed in their in-character, futuristic space garb, discussing aspects of the series in a way that makes you understand that to these people those episodes were real. I had to turn it off.
No doubt Al Gore is still convinced that his idea for the first nation-wide chain of carbon credit coupon stores in America is a good one. He just needs to push the panic button hard enough to get more movement on this very necessary control of carbon by both business and individuals. That’s right! First we’ll charge the corporations for their massive environmental carbon footprints. Then we will go after each and every citizen in this nation (both legal and illegal) and make them pay for theirs. You see, using money as a motivator is what will save us. It cannot be a tax—it must be money collected in the name of saving the planet from human inhabitancy. It must be designed in a way that reminds people of their sinful responsibility for the dismal state of the environment, and motivate them to refrain from future excesses. Cleverly, the system will also create a carbon credit coupon exchange where, for a nominal fee, Environmentalist Al Gore will gladly either buy or sell you carbon credits, depending on your need. Those who reduce their carbon requirements may sell off some of their credits to those who are in the market for more. Old Al is gonna make money just like a stockbroker—a-comin’ and a-goin’!
Never mind that we have volcanoes that erupt and spew all kinds of things into our atmosphere. Never mind that mankind has already detonated atomic bombs into that same atmosphere. If you dwell on these things, you get to the point Al wants you to embrace: in addition to natural phenomena, manmade carbon output is going to destroy our atmosphere, melt all our icebergs, kill all the polar bears, and literally create a hell right here on earth. Well, if over the years some of you have inquired as to where hell might be—now you know. It’s gonna be right here on earth—how utterly convenient!
Now, understand this. Even if the junk science scenario that Al Gore is suggesting could come to pass, it would not happen in Gore’s lifetime. But, what will happen is well-defined on the drawing board: Al Gore will get dirty rich selling doom and gloom as he goes about describing hell on earth and the demise of mankind. Why if Albert Gore were a preacher, he would be delivering the flint, spark, and brimstone right there from the pulpit and the offering plates would fill copiously as they are passed around again and again. Yes sir—Al Gore and more like him are pushing this concept to the nth degree in their attempt to develop a cottage industry that will be their exclusive domain. Yep, Al and his ilk want to create a worldwide enterprise that will bilk millions of people out of billions and billions of dollars in the name of lies, fear, and videotapes. Hallelujah!
So there you have it. Al is back to help sell us on climate change by appealing to our fears and begging us all to embrace liberalism. I, for one, want no part of this because I know that liberalism never saved a damned soul from anything and it never will. . .but it will put all of us in the poorhouse, all of us except Al Gore.
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