This is scary. We are supposedly on the edge of a recession. Gas and oil prices are rising. The dollar is dropping. and Al Gore is going to coordinate a massive $300 million propaganda program to convince the American people that we need to shut down huge sectors of the economy in order to decrease carbon emissions by 60% (McCain) and 90% (Clinton).
Former vice president Al Gore will launch a three-year, $300 million campaign Wednesday aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a move that ranks as one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history.
The Alliance for Climate Protection’s “we” campaign will employ online organizing and television advertisements on shows ranging from “American Idol” to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” It highlights the extent to which Americans’ growing awareness of global warming has yet to translate into national policy changes, Gore said in an hour-long phone interview last week. He said the campaign, which Gore is helping to fund, was undertaken in large part because of his fear that U.S. lawmakers are unwilling to curb the human-generated emissions linked to climate change.
“This climate crisis is so interwoven with habits and patterns that are so entrenched, the elected officials in both parties are going to be timid about enacting the bold changes that are needed until there is a change in the public’s sense of urgency in addressing this crisis,” Gore said. “I’ve tried everything else I know to try. The way to solve this crisis is to change the way the public thinks about it.”
Private contributors have already donated or committed half the money needed to fund the entire campaign, he said. While Gore declined to quantify his contribution to the effort, he has devoted all his proceeds from the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” the best-selling companion book, his salary from the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and several international prizes, such as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, which add up to more than a $2.7 million. Paramount Classics, the documentary’s distributor, has pledged 5 percent of the film’s profits to the group, and some of the money raised through the 2007 Live Earth concerts will help the campaign, along with Gore’s proceeds from an upcoming book on climate change.
Notice that the “private contributors” to the program are not named.
But further down in the article we have:
The climate alliance’s initiative, however, will not go unchallenged by climate change skeptics. Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, a nonprofit funded by the coal industry and its allies, is spending about $35 million this election to bolster support for coal-generated electricity. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based think tank that receives part of its funding from oil and gas companies, recently spent close to $35,000 to run a television ad both in the District and in scattered cities throughout the country attacking Gore, and plans a follow-up campaign. The ad argues that Gore and his allies in Hollywood use plenty of energy but that “Al Gore wants to cut our energy use, putting our jobs and our future in jeopardy.”
You see, the identity of the people funding this huge campaign for more government control of the economy are irrelevant. But the opponents “receive part of its funding from oil and gas companies” which is important.
At least Al Gore is putting part of his money where his mouth is. But he stands to gain many times that amount if he convinces enough people that we need to turn our economy over to government bureaucrats.
Scientists in Japan and Australia have worked out that decreasing carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 would mean a reduction of 88% in North America.
So remember, when your industry shuts down and you have no work and no income; when you’re standing in line to claim the generous government benefits that are sure to be provided; or when you are paying increased prices and taxes in order to provide those benefits; it’s for your own good. And “No,” Al is not going to stop flying on private jets and absolutely cannot move to a smaller mansion. That’s for the little people.
Maybe, if we really try, we can achieve carbon emission levels such as this utopia.