What Mr. Gore has asked is that every family calculate their carbon footprint and try to reduce it as much as possible. Once they have done so, he then advocates that they purchase offsets, as the Gore’s do, to bring their footprint down to zero.
What a bunch of nonsense. I’m supposed to go and calculate some silly footprint and then cough up dough to people I don’t know running a for profit business to plant trees in Kenya, develop wind mill technology, etc. Of course, I haven’t made a small fortune off green unfriendly zinc mining like Gore has – and if I wanted to stop a wind mill being put up across the street, I’d have much less success than the Kennedy’s or certain Hollywood types selling this green nonsense, all the while stipulating not in their backyard.
We’ll never know who ultimately owns many of the Kenyan trees planted, probably meant for harvest somewhere down the line, only to replaced by more green money from someone else’s pockets. And which companies will be seeing investment from these green dollars? Wouldn’t I be better off investing through the stock market, so that I might expect some monetary return?
This is just more liberal wealth transference from people who work for it, to people and countries that either don’t, or have come up with a new way to accumulate more of it.
I’d like nothing better than for Mr. Gore to drop by when his private jet has him in the neighborhood. We could discuss my carbon footprint. I’ll even wear hiking boots, just to show him what an earth friendly kind of guy I am.