Via the Wall Street Journal on-line, the Goracle is now preaching civil disobedience to his flock:
But then Mr. Gore really got going and told his disciples to head -- literally -- to the barricades to "stop" coal.This is dangerous talk from an ex-Vice President and a man who was almost elected President of the United States. As the Journal opinion article says, figures like Gore who hold the public trust and...
Speaking last Wednesday on a celebrity panel in New York, the Nobel Prize Laureate proclaimed: "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration." He added, "clean coal does not exist."
Mr. Gore didn't explain how far he thinks his young acolytes should go in their rage against the coal-burning machines that provide about 50% of U.S. electricity. Sit-ins? Marches against power plants? How about trashing power lines: What could he mean by "civil disobedience"?
"such rhetoric is wildly irresponsible, not least for the fanaticism and even violence it could incite".Another example is NASA scientist James Hansen:
The NASA scientist and influential global warming swami recently testified on behalf of the "Kingsnorth Six," Greenpeace activists who caused £30,000 of criminal damage at an English coal utility while attempting to shut it down. Mr. Hansen argued they had a "lawful excuse" because of the imminence of climate doom; they were acquitted.While Hansen defended civil disobedience, Gore goes him one further and actually promotes it. But the Journal says Gore is defeating his own argument.
New U.S. coal plants use modern scrubbing technology, which means less traditional air pollution. They're also far more efficient -- that is, they get more energy out of the same amount of coal (i.e., carbon) compared to older models. Often this results in power companies mothballing parts of a more carbon-intensive fleet.That's it Al. Stop the construction of new cleaner coal plants and keep those older dirtier ones running.
But then it's not really about reducing pollution, CO2 emissions or going green. If it were, the Goracle wouldn't own one of the highest energy intensive mansions in the country.
No. It's all about revving up the Faithful. For the Revolution.