We can start in Cannes, France with a story from Reuters:
A representative affiliated with "An Inconvenient Truth", a film about global warming involving former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, has stressed that the movie and Gore's tour to promote it are "carbon neutral".
Last week, Gore and his team were seen driving the 500 meters or so from a hotel to the Cannes festival headquarters in several cars. The representative said that arriving at events like photocalls and news conferences in cars was normal practice in Cannes. And Gore walked the shorter distance from another hotel to the festival for the movie's screening.
This hit a nerve because I have sorta been wondering lately about Mr. Gore's campaign to save the earth and all of the carbon that he has to burn to get his message across about the dangers burning carbon poses to the inhabitants of our planet. How do you stay so sane when you're such a superior being Mr. Gore?
I myself burn far less carbon than Mr. Gore does, not because I believe that it is a bad thing to do, but because I only need to drive to town once a week, usually on my way to or from work at the Bit & Spur or to give a tour. Otherwise I prefer to stay at home for at least five days in a row and to keep my car driving to the barest minimum. My electric bill is usually less than $40 dollars a month (for two buildings) and I fill my propane tanks once in the fall for about $500. I do admit to burning Kingsford charcoal to prepare my tasty feasts, but that is probably not very much carbon production compared to Mr. Gore's privately chartered jet. Oh-oh there goes another glacier Mr. Gore.
I find it ironically funny that I actually practice what he preaches and don't give two shits about global warming. The whole human race is always better off when they are thinking about ways of lowering their material desires. This keeps us focused on the land, the sky, each other and the comforts derived from a balanced awareness of what existence really is. From Buddha to Christ it has always been the same message: reduce, shed, discard, donate, just desire less and then, and only then, may you begin to realize your full spiritual potential as a sentient being.
As for people like Al Gore, a limousine liberal hypocrite, they come in all shapes and sizes. God put them here on earth to amuse and entertain us in these latter days of decline and fall.