11 December 2007

Al Gore, Please Be Quiet

At the behest of my wife, I read the Al Gore statement while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize which appeared in The Nation. I really shouldn’t have. Those are minutes of my life that I’ll never get back. But, seeing as they’re gone, I might as well write a bit about it.

Amid his opening invoking prophets and a not so veiled comparison of Bush to an appeaser of Hitler (left-wingers love those Nazi comparisons of any flavor), Gore pops out this gem:

We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency--a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here. But there is hopeful news as well: we have the ability to solve this crisis and avoid the worst--though not all--of its consequences, if we act boldly, decisively and quickly.
The plot line for a special effects extravaganza from Hollywood, indeed. But it goes on, and it gets better. By anthropomorphizing the planet as either ill, our unwilling enemy or the victim of mankind, Mr. Gore attempts to gather all of his anecdotal evidence (storms threatening, droughts, species dying) under the face of the suffering earth entity. Woven within this sympathetic anthropomorphic waxing is another metaphor – the fight against Nazism and Fascism. Mr. Gore would have us believe that the earth (again, with human qualities) bears the brunt of collateral damage resulting from our greed.

And what would Mr. Gore have the world do? As one might guess, it has to be universal and comprehensive.

That means adopting principles, values, laws, and treaties that release creativity and initiative at every level of society in multi-fold responses originating concurrently and spontaneously.
“Spontaneously” is my favorite word in the above sentence. There’s nothing spontaneous about principles, values, laws or treaties.

But the crowning statement of the speech is the following:

We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. They can and do help. But they will not take us far enough without collective action. At the same time, we must ensure that in mobilizing globally, we do not invite the establishment of ideological conformity and a new lock-step "ism."
Mr. Gore is the architect of the lock-step “-ism” known variously as environmentalism, global warming, and climate change. It is lock-step as far as Mr. Gore is concerned. He is the one who has trumpeted time and time again that the debate is over, that global warming is real – or climate change is real – and that humans are the cause. If those beliefs do not create a lock-step “-ism,” I don’t know what does.

If one wants a truly funny and accurate portrayal of Mr. Gore, I highly suggest watching the South Park episodes “Man-Bear-Pig” and the “Imaginationland” trilogy. They are a decent representation of how Mr. Gore probably sees himself. I won’t ruin it for the reader… have a watch.

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