The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Indulgences anyone?

Posted by rantingkraut on March 5, 2007

Mark Steyn reflects on Al Gore’s record breaking energy consumption:

“According to the Nashville Electric Service, the Eco-Messiah’s house uses 20 times more electricity than the average American home. The average household consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours. In 2006, the Gores wolfed down nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours. (…)

Also he buys — and if you’re a practicing Ecopalyptic please prostrate yourself before the Recycling Bin and make the sign of the HDPE — Al buys “carbon offsets,” or “carbon credits.” Or, as his spokesperson Kalee Kreider put it (and, incidentally, speaking through a spokesperson is another way Al dramatically reduces his own emissions), the Gores “also do the carbon emissions offset.” They do the Carbon Emissions Offset? What is that — a ’60s dance craze? No, it’s way hotter. I mean, cooler. All the movie stars are doing it. (…)

How do “carbon offsets” work? Well, let’s say you’re a former vice president and you want to reduce your “carbon footprint,” but the gorgeous go-go Gore gals are using the hair dryer every night. So you go to a carbon-credits firm and pay some money and they’ll find a way of getting somebody on the other side of the planet to reduce his emissions and the net result will be “carbon neutral.” (…)And, in fact, in the Reverend Al’s case it’s even better than that. Al buys his carbon offsets from Generation Investment Management LLP, which is “an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 and with offices in London and Washington, D.C.,” that, for a fee, will invest your money in “high-quality companies at attractive prices that will deliver superior long-term investment returns.” Generation is a tax-exempt U.S. 501(c)3. And who’s the chairman and founding partner? Al Gore.

So Al can buy his carbon offsets from himself. Better yet, he can buy them with the money he gets from his long-time relationship with Occidental Petroleum.”


Now that’s a real indulgence scam! Offend Gaia, then atone by buying carbon indulgences, while the high-priest buys them from himself.

While we are at it, I suggest introducing a new unit of measurement. Degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit are named after people, so why not carbon footprints? Let’s have the AlGore: According to the online carbon footprint calculator, Al Gore’s electricity consumption alone sums up to around 95 tons of CO2. So let’s define 1 Algore = 95,000 Kg of CO2, which would give the average UK individual a footprint of 0.05 AlGore.


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