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September 29, 2008

Gore Calls for "Civil Disobedience" to be Used to Prevent the Construction of New Coal Plants (Aurvant)

Because, ya know, one crisis just isn't enough.

Speaking at the opening plenary session of the Clinton Global
Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, Gore said: "If you're a young
person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is
being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage
where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of
new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration

Civil Disobedience? That's such a vague term isn't it? What exactly is the limitations of such "disobedience" I wonder? Well, at least he's leaving room for those Clean Coal plants right? The ones that specialize in low carbon emissions and being eco-friendly? Right?
But Gore, who said that "clean coal" was like "healthy smoking", is convinced that we need to change our habits now.
Ah. The Gorebot calls for the disruption and protest of building new Coal Plants unless they have carbon capturing methods and sequestration, but then turns around and basically says it's just as bad. Instead, Gore wants the nation to adopt a universal national transmission grid that would operate completely on Wind, Solar, and Geothermal power. That's all well and good except for the fact that those technologies are extremely expensive and are no where near as efficient as Oil or Coal. Like many have pointed out over and over, we have plenty of usable energy resources for immediate use (Coal and Oil) and we would't have to invest billions of dollars in the expansion of new technology that isn't nearly as beneficial economically, but don't try to explain that to the Global Warming crowd or rest assured that you'll be on par with holocaust deniers by the end of the hour.

Another interesting blip in the story is that Gore talks about those "carbon companies":
The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner went on to heap criticism on what he
described as "carbon companies" who "spend money convincing the
stock-buying public that the risk from the global climate crisis is not
that great". He argued that this amounted to "a form of stock fraud
because they are misrepresenting a material fact".
Isn't that exactly what HE did? Didn't his carbon credit company, which went under with Lehmen Brothers, do exactly what he was being so critical about? Correct me if I'm wrong on that one, but it sounds to me that Gore is trying to slide his way out of that mess because he was so invested in it himself.

I don't know, but that whole "civil disobedience" thing sounds like desperation if you ask me. Considering the rise in critics against the GW crowd it would seem that Gore is trying to switch from falsifying science to just outright physical threats against the fossil fuel crowd. It's pretty much all they have left anyways.

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