Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Any skeptics on global warming or climate change?

Al Gore spoke to Congress today about global warming. That article naturally highlights differences of opinion, as journalism is wont to do.

One organization that disagrees with Gore is the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which made a concerted effort to disseminate its side of the discussion before Gore's appearance today. It said, "The only facts and studies Gore considers are those convenient to his scare-them-green agenda. And in numerous instances, he distorts the evidence he cites." Do you see logical mistakes in the CEI paper?

Also, have you heard of the hypocrisy charges against Gore? He encourages the American public to purchase carbon offsets, which could benefit him financially. Some folks argue that this diminishes the strength of his argument about this "moral" issue, his description of global warming. What do you think?
So, where does Gore buy his ‘carbon offsets’? According to The Tennessean newspaper’s report, Gore buys his carbon offsets through Generation Investment Management, a company he co-founded and serves as chairman:

Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe…

As co-founder and chairman of the firm Gore presumably draws an income or will make money as its investments prosper. In other words, he “buys” his “carbon offsets” from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself. To be blunt, Gore doesn’t buy “carbon offsets” through Generation Investment Management - he buys stocks.
I don't think that this discussion is over.

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