The Delusional Al Gore

I’ve been super bitchy lately, snapping at anyone who looks at me the wrong way.  It’s not even that time of month.  But it is definitely that time of year.

I hate winter.  My own personal hell is that I never seem to be able to warm up from November until the spring thaw, unless I’ve just stepped out of a steaming shower that turns my skin lobster red.  My natural urge to cocoon at home is magnified when I feel the negative wind chill gusts; every chore requiring me to leave my cozy home feels like a march toward death.  I worry about hubby and kids slip-sliding on the icy roads, especially now that we’re one wreck away from being dropped by our very good and forgiving insurance company.  The snow is pretty, but only for day.  And only on a quiet weekend, when nobody has anywhere to go.

Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where our normal winters usually consist of some snow flurries, maybe one or two big snow storms (several inches up to maybe 2 feet at most) during the entire winter, and often many days where it is actually warm and dry enough to go outside with just a hoodie, it has been snowing every single day since before New Year’s Day.  Many areas have used up all the salt they need to make the roads passable.  And we’ve been lucky compared to many areas of the country.  There have been freezing temperatures in Florida, threatening the citrus crops.  The wind chill in North Dakota hit 52 below zero on Thursday, which is cold enough to harden a summer tire into a giant hockey puck.  I’m sure the polar bears would feel quite comfortable here in the lower 48 states right now.

All of this further infuriates me when I think of the bullshit Al Gore is trying to sell us, not only to make more money selling his junk science books, but also to promote his misguided ambition to become part of the “one world” elite.  If he was so concerned about his global footprint on planet Earth, would he really think it’s okay for him and Tipper to live in this 9000 square foot mansion in Tennessee?  (He also owns two other large homes).   And notice the ample supply of gas-guzzling SUV’s in the driveway?

Just one of Gore's homes

Yet, we common folk are expected to live carbon-neutral lifestyles, or pay dearly for our carbon offsets.  I’m sure he’d frown on us peons that have more than the one or two children overpopulating this overtaxed planet, yet he and Tipper went on to have four.  But then again, none of us were smart enough to have created the internet, and our kids will never be little Gorettes.  According to an article written is USA Today back when conscientious Al was traveling by private jet to promote his An Inconvenient Truth film, he hadn’t yet signed on to available programs that would allow him to use wind energy in exchange for a few pennies more per killowatt hour.  Yeah, better to let the middle-incomers spend their shrinking paychecks to support Al’s ficition.

In all fairness, Al and his followers don’t often use the term “global warming” anymore, now that it’s clear even to the puffed-up birds in Florida trying to keep warm that the planet is not becoming a desert.  The term “climate change” is now used in its place, but I could have told you years ago that our weather has become more extreme–hotter in summer, colder in winter, and super destructive natural disasters.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean that we humans are the cause.

My oldest son, who is waaay smarter than Al Gore, explained to us a much more sensible cause, involving facts about the moon’s wobble and the affect this has had throughout history on the climate.  (Perhaps he’ll blog about it?)  The polar ice caps have been melting–in the summer–but if the global warming “scientists” wanted to be fair, they would show that they grow back again in the winter.  Another blog shows an article where a real scientist predicts a cooling cycle for the next 50 years–and most of it caused by Mother Nature.  Other scientists have shown links between solar activity and Earth’s climate.  Of course, these explanations wouldn’t cause people to spend money on Al Gore’s books, nor would they promote the socialists’ money-grabbing cap and trade schemes.

12 Responses to “The Delusional Al Gore”

  1. 1 Cyndi January 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I love this post and I feel the exact same way about winter…every year!

  2. 3 Cyndi January 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Yes, Chicago winters SUCK. This one has been no exception so far. They last for 6 months and are extremely cold most of the time. The only reason I keep my sanity is that Chicago summers are also extreme. Normally very hot with high humidity. While I’m not a huge fan of humidity I LOVE heat and the sun so compared to the loooong winters, I thouroughly enjoy our summers. Last summer we got ripped off. It rarely broke the 90 degree mark a couple of days and was only even in the 80’s briefly. Most of the summer was only high 70’s. That pissed me off. I suffer through these winters and that’s all I get for summer??!!

    Also, I just found out that hubby’s cousins who live in TX had their pipes freeze & burst last week. They didn’t know what to do, it never gets that cold.

    I totally agree that Gore is full of it. It’s getting colder, not hotter.

  3. 4 Emily January 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Now, I do believe that climate change is largely human caused. However, I get really burned up by celebs (not just Gore) who talk the talk but can’t walk the walk. I may preach about the environment and you may agree with me or not, but no one who has been in my house can ever say I am a hypocrite. If celebs want people to take climate change seriously, they better start turning down the thermostat.

    • 5 les@mamaneeds2rant January 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Hypocrisy really scalds me, Emily. Even though Ed Begley is kinda flaky, I respect him a whole lot more than those idiot celebs that want to preach about saving the planet but refuse to inconvenience themselves by reusing and recycling. And even though I have my doubts about who/what is causing the climate change, I feel everyone should take care of our beautiful planet.

  4. 6 robinaltman January 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    The hypocrisy here is incredible. That house and those cars say it all. Private jet? Didn’t Al learn anything from the GM executives asking for hand outs after they’d flown to DC in private jets? Some people are just dumb, but dumb and entitled – that’s pretty annoying.

  5. 7 Consuella Banana Hammock January 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    ahh les, another one of your great, sensible rants. i love it. i too wonder if global warming is all people make it out to be. it is hard because i am one of those sensitive people in that i want to do what is best for our planet. if you tell me we need to stop using this or doing that, then i will say ok. problem is it is hard to know what agenda is driving what. so i get confused and wonder if it is all just a pile o crap.

    i have always found it amusing that celebs who have multiple homes and enormous cars, private plans etc are always telling us how to live. and say what you may about george w. bush but his home in texas was way greener than gore’s!

  6. 8 lynette January 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    my two cents thrown in…. climatic change cycles are a regular part of earth’s history. scientists do know that ice ages were generally preceded by a period of overall warming. warming leads to increased evaporation, which results in increased cloud cover, leading to more storms and extreme weather, which theoretically over time results in global cooling and onset of an ice period.

    it is true that human activity is not in itself the sole cause of climate change. however, human activity and all the emissions ARE accelerating the pace at which the earth’s average surface temperature is increasing. reducing emissions and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as maintaining sufficient trees on the planet to produce oxygen will slow down the pace. we are damaging the earth, and we need to pay attention.

    i agree — i can’t stand the sort of hypocrisy you are talking about, les.

    not a single scientist will tell you climate change is not real. but politicians will…. depending on who is backing them.

    • 9 les@mamaneeds2rant January 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Lynette. It’s good to hear from you on this issue since you do actually have a science education and background, unlike many of those who are blindly pushing this agenda for other purposes.

  7. 10 Dawn January 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I believe in pollution and that it affects us and the Earth adversely. Though I appreciate Al Gore and his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, his lifestyle appears to be opposing his beliefs and his message to the rest of the world.

    Nice post Les!

  8. 11 Tammy January 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Great post and comments….I just want to mention, if you grow tired of the cold winters, I know just so happen to know a fantastic real estate agent in Arizona…ahhhaha

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