Al Gore and other global warming apostles like to throw around accusations that anyone who doesn’t buy their little man-made global warming fantasy are on the take from those evil oil companies (as if oil companies didn’t provide a valuable service, and making money were inherently evil).
Have you ever considered the possibility that Al Gore’s motives may not be as pure as the wind-driven snow, either? Maybe the “green” of the environment isn’t the only “green” motivating him.
Last year it came out that Gore salves his ecologically-bruised conscience by purchasing “carbon credits”…from his own company. In other words, he pays himself to look green.
These “carbon credit” and “cap and trade” and “carbon offset” organizations are about a scam in themselves: pretend a problem exists, then make money off people who are either scared of the problem you manufactured, or because of political pressure want to look like they take you seriously.
These are companies that create nothing useful and do nothing useful. They bear more than a passing resemblance to a pyramid or Ponzi scheme, to me.
Now CNS News reports on further financial incentives Gore has to keep his global warming fantasy going: so-called “green growth” companies that will capitalize on the sci-fi thriller Gore has been promoting.
Gore’s admitted stake in those companies comes from his partnership in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Gore joined the firm last November, forging a partnership between KPCB and the London-based Generation Investment Management, a firm Gore chairs, and which steers investments in green and “sustainable” companies.
This month, KPCB announced it has invested $500 million into start-up “green growth” companies, and another $700 million into more established greentech, information technology and life science ventures.
And Gore needs YOU, the American voter, to help him stay profitable. He needs you to believe his fantasy so you can lobby your elected representatives to give more of your taxpayer dollars to him.
But without government action on climate change, some business analysts say green companies backed by KPCB are either unlikely to be profitable or that their growth will be slow.
No one–not even evil capitalist businessmen–want to live in a dirty, polluted world. But at the same time, we cannot cripple American business and the American economy with environmental mandates that are not only overly-restrictive, but are unnecessary–based on science fiction.
You can’t have something for nothing. You can’t live in our modern world with our modern comforts and conveniences, and still have an ecology as pristine as the day Adam and Eve walked out of the Garden.
But we’re doing pretty good here in the United States–better than a lot of places around the world, including Europe.
We should instead be concerned with meeting our growing energy needs. If we don’t, our economy will no longer have money to invest in cleaner technologies, and we’ll go back to producing filth like the poor, developing countries.
Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
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