Al Gore was “fired up” at the University of Hawaii in sharing his message on climate change, according to a local TV news report of a speech in which the former vice president bashed unnamed “carbon polluters” as being ”immoral, unethical, and despicable.”
Gore, wearing a bright lei around his neck, proved a pumped-up keynote speaker at a “sustainability conference” held Tuesday at the Manoa campus.
A report by KITV News includes video of Gore saying:
“What some of the large carbon polluters are doing today, spending a billion dollars a year to try to fool people, to try to make fools of people, to say all this pollution is good for you? It is also immoral, unethical, and despicable, and we need to call them to account for it.”
A lengthy and positive account in Honolulu Civil Beat noted that Gore “graced Honolulu with his presence” and won “hearty applause” many times.
I’m not quite sure I understand Al Gore’s reasoning. He is speaking to hundreds of people. Everyone of those people is exhaling about half the time they spend in that auditorium. He is exhaling as he utters condemnations of “large carbon polluters.”
Is it the largeness of the pollution they produce that makes them so “immoral, unethical, and despicable”? Or is it that they are claiming that the pollution is not really pollution?
It seems to me that, according to Al Gore, he and every person in that auditorium is a polluter. If even cow farts are a threat to the planet, then so must be all our exhaling.
So why isn’t it just as “immoral, unethical, and despicable” to focus on how other people are polluting and not do something about one’s own “polluting” of the earth?
Also, all the “large carbon polluters” are probably energy companies. But Al Gore was using electricity in order to hold his presentation. The entire auditorium was probably air conditioned, which uses lots of energy. So, again, how can they be condemned for polluting? Their action is simply the result of all the energy users at Al Gore’s speech.
So I guess they are “immoral, unethical, and despicable” because they spread a message that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. But which is worse?—Claiming carbon dioxide is a pollutant and yet acting like it really isn’t by continuing to breathe, use electricity, and fly in aircraft to get to Hawaii? Or, to do all those things because you believe that carbon dioxide is part of the life cycle that enables plants to put oxygen into the atmosphere and turn sunlight into food?
In my opinion, people who condemn the innocent are “immoral, unethical, and despicable.”