On Groundhog's Day, 2007, Silicon Valley's tech "elite" greeted politician Al Gore (who fresh from the Utah slopes and riding a wave of deserved acclaim for his movie about global warming), arrived to deliver a speech that he didn't want anyone outside of the inner circle of sycophants to hear! See "Silicon Valley Leaders Should Dump Al Gore"
As journalist Mike Cassidy notes:
"This from a man who’s working on a book about how the Bush Administration doesn’t like to “share the truth with the citizenry,'’ which it surely doesn’t."
No one can accuse Gore for not having a political agenda, most notably his association with the tech lobby's push to eliminate a cap on H1B visas to further eliminate white collar jobs from Americas middle class. Why can't Al Gore use his newfound celebrity to stand up for America's educated professionals and see through the disastrous "free trade" agreements under the banner of "globalizaton" that are responsible for creating a caste system here? Is he so starved for celebrity attention and cocktail parties and the hubris ilk that attends them that he can't see the problem? Or is Al just like every other insulated, out of touch elite and elite wanna- be that the mutual admiration society of "deciders" actually deem the problems of NAFTA and CAFTA as "unsexy"?...
as if all important sociopolitical issues only required a Barry White tune and a tumbler of Courvoisier...
Al Gore: a real man of the people? To the average Democrat - both blue dog AND liberal -- he sure has a way of schmoozing and seducing the cocktail party circuit from Los Angeles, through Palo Alto and onto D.C. -- emphasis on the evil-doer tech lobby, TechNet.
But what about Gore's personal sacrifces to save the planet? Moving on from the private jet, public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.
NOTE: 2Truthy really doesn't care how many homes or square feet Al inhabits -- just as long as these places don't resemble mausoleums, like so many of the abominable McMansions festooning the hillsides of my neighborhood.
Energy use: In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.
But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted afterwards, Gore’s office confirmed as much but said the Gores were "looking into making the switch at both homes." Talk about inconvenient truths. Let's hope he has no plans to run in 2008.
Again: 2Truthy could actually care less about Al's green habits, and his agenda with the tech lobby clearly demonstrates that he is a corporate shill to drive down wages for the upwardly mobile middle class, which is why my greedy venture capitalist neighbors love Al sooooo much. Really, either Al is just a himbo to the tech establishment or a smug, self-serving politico or BOTH -- his movie undeniably "sheds light" on the sexy issue of the day: global warming.
Al Gore? Right issue, wrong (potential) candidate. So, let's hope Al won't run, because we don't need another greedy beltway insider with good hair to sell us out any further.