Ed Driscoll

The Complexities and Contradictions of Algore

What does Al Gore think about the deficit debate? Ordinarily, I’d chalk that up to “Questions nobody is asking.” Nobody in this case, except The Hill:

Former Vice President Al Gore weighed in on the deficit debate Monday, writing that some Republicans are living in an “alternative version of reality.”

Gore wrote in his official blog, “A significant number of Republican and Tea Party Members of Congress apparently hold the view that there actually would not be consequences for global markets or the U.S. economy if we defaulted.”

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday in an op-ed for Bloomberg that default now is actually better than putting off default until later. “The U.S. will default on its debt sooner or later, and it is certainly preferable that it be sooner,” he wrote, characterizing his perspective on the possibility as “sanguine.”

Calling this perspective “absurd” but not naming names, Gore wrote there is an epidemic of “encouraging ideological extremists to construct their own alternative version of reality and defend it against fact-based reasoning.” Gore said that as an activist he has seen a similar response to climate change arguments.

But as with all of the Goracle’s environmental pronouncements, isn’t there an enormous contradiction here? In Earth in the Balance, Al declared “today the evidence of an ecological Kristallnacht is as clear as the sound of glass shattering in Berlin.” In that scenario, isn’t the federal government the equivalent, in Al’s “logic,” of the Wehrmacht? Wouldn’t shutting that down be an extremely good thing, even if it’s just for a short time? If the Federal government goes all the way into meltdown, there’d be no air traffic controllers, so airlines would be grounded. The military would have to take five and smoke ’em if you got ’em, while their machines grind to a halt. Federal employees would have no need to drive into work, thus the buildings they occupy in DC could be shut down, and so on.

In fact, it makes you wonder what an a committed environmentalist is doing owning a TV network. On Friday, Nick Gillespie asked Bill Maher, much to the latter’s chagrin, are you prepared to give up your HBO TV series to reduce your carbon footprint.

Is Gore prepared to give up his entire channel?

(We all know the answer to that, but still, it’s fun exploring radical environmentalism’s insane Catch-22. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have each spoken out how the Oba-recession has helped reduce America’s carbon footprint; and if global warming really is the moral equivalent of Kristallnacht, then the government and Al’s assorted enterprises must be contributing to it as well. C’mon Al, shut ’em down for Gaia.)