Al Gore is hitting the media circuit to drum up publicity for his new book “Our Choice” — and true to form, climate change deniers and the political right are quick to counter his time in the spotlight with jabs and scorn over his “green agenda”. This time, labeling Gore as a future “carbon billionaire” is the rallying cry — with many believing that his push for greener industries is simply a ploy to pad his pockets.
In response, Gore sent the NY Times an email saying that his investment activities were consistent with his public advocacy over decades.
“I have advocated policies to promote renewable energy and accelerate reductions in global warming pollution for decades, including all of the time I was in public service,” Mr. Gore wrote. “As a private citizen, I have continued to advocate the same policies. Even though the vast majority of my business career has been in areas that do not involve renewable energy or global warming pollution reductions, I absolutely believe in investing in ways that are consistent with my values and beliefs. I encourage others to invest in the same way.”
Let’s also not forget that Gore has given away millions to help fund his non-profit, the Alliance for Climate Protection, and to the Climate Project, which trains people to present a version of the slide show from An Inconvenient Truth.
To be honest, the guy could make $100 billion and I wouldn’t give a damn. He’s helping to invest in technologies and companies that are pushing this nation in a more sustainable direction. He’d be a fool not to put his money where his mouth is.