Who recently made the following statement?
[T]he life of all mankind is in danger because of global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations; yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistics speak of the death and displacement of millions of human beings because of global warming, especially in Africa.
No, this quote is not from Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. It’s from Osama bin Laden’s latest rant from the cave, where reportedly his carbon footprint is very small. Certainly, Osama is producing a lot less carbon dioxide than Al Gore. Sean Hannity on Fox News recently showed video footage of Gore’s frequent flights on private jets. Earlier this year, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research reported that Gore’s house in Tennessee has a carbon footprint 20 times that of the average American’s house — and Gore owns a house in suburban Virginia as well. It’s sad to have to say it, but Al doesn’t live by his own advice. He preaches global warming salvation, but apparently he isn’t going to make it to the promised land himself.
On the other hand, Osama appears to have taken Gore’s advice to heart. He’s cut way down on his air travel, and he’s telecommuting from home. And even better than owning a Toyota Prius hybrid, it appears that he currently doesn’t own a car at all. Those are three of the big recommendations in An Inconvenient Truth. Osama appears to have adopted the ideal radical environmentalist lifestyle down to the very last detail — it really is back to the cave.
This is not to say that Osama is not just as hypocritical as Gore. While Gore plays the phony egalitarian card as expertly as the founder of his political party, Thomas Jefferson, Osama’s considerable wealth would not exist without Saudi Arabia’s enormous oil production. In the end, they are both elitists (by which I don’t mean to suggest that they are similar in all respects — Osama is an evil mass murderer) who claim to lead populist movements that will require, in Gore’s words, “a wrenching transformation of society.”