Al Gore's Electric Bill, Carbon Credits, and A Lesson In Economics
For a political ideology obsessed with free markets, the American Right displayed little understanding of the concept this week when it trumpeted a headline from TennesseePolicy.org. The right-wing media machine picked it up and within moments the banner headline from Drudge Report to Townhall read "GORE MANSION USES 20X AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD; CONSUMPTION INCREASE AFTER 'TRUTH'."
But that is only half of the story. Predictably, it is the half that makes Al Gore look bad.
While the Bush Administration has ignored, deflected, and delayed untold thousands of environmental policies and programs, Gore and many other members of the environmentalist movement have adopted them voluntarily. One such program makes use of the buying and selling of "Carbon Credits" to offset the environmental impact of certain activities including the ownership and operation of Gore's large home and private jet.
In the end, the spin and smear against Gore is unfounded. His activities are carbon neutral. Typically, however, the conservative slander-sheets have chosen to publish half-truths rather than take the time to educate and inform their readership.