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  •  Bullpucky (2+ / 0-)
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    certainot, emelyn

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:25:32 AM PDT

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      Tobacco money: http://realchange.org/...
      http://www.nytimes.com/...

      Big business ties as Vice President: http://www.nytimes.com/...

      From a review of Cockburn and St. Clair's "Al Gore: A User's Manual":

      http://www.austinchronicle.com/...

      As Cockburn and St. Clair convincingly demonstrate in a chapter titled "Playing the Green Game," even Gore's legendary environmentalism (for which he was dubbed "Ozone Man" by Poppy Bush) is largely a rhetorical construct, born of the vice president's strenuously hyperbolic 1992 book Earth in the Balance. Gore is always eager to publicly declare rescuing the environment "the central organizing principle of civilization." But in actual practice, when industry push has come to corporate shove (especially from major political contributors), Gore and Clinton have surrendered with unseemly alacrity.
      As for Gore's current efforts, a summary provided by Wikipedia might help:
      In 2004 he co-launched Generation Investment Management, a company for which he serves as Chair. A few years later, Gore also founded The Alliance for Climate Protection, an organization which eventually founded the We Campaign. Gore also became a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, heading that firm's climate change solutions group.
      and then there's this curious Telegraph article:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

      He is a partner in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm which invested £45 million in Silver Spring Networks, a small California company which has been developing technology to monitor household power use to make the electricity grid more efficient.

      Last week the US Energy Department announced £2 billion in grants and a proportion of that, thought to be more than £305 million, will go to utility operators with which Silver Spring has contracts.

      So yeah, Al Gore is cool, especially if you're a capitalist and want to make lots of money.  If you don't endorse Gore, however, you would do well to see in Gore the essence of an individual who says lots of great stuff about environmentalism but whose first priority is capitalism, and his own profitable participation in it.

      "It's not my fault reality is marxist." - Che Guevara

      by Cassiodorus on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:09:29 AM PDT

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      •  Market-based solutions to fixing global warming (0+ / 0-)

        are essential and unavoidable. The real question is which ones are for real and which either greenwashing or dishonest.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:44:57 PM PDT

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