In past arguments, er discussions, I’ve had concerning bias in global warming research and reporting, I’ve tried to explain just how much money there is to be made in the green industry. Al Gore is apparently the number one of example. (Hat tip: Instapundit.)
Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming skeptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire,” profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.
Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, asserted at a hearing this year that Mr. Gore stood to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he was urging Congress to adopt.Mr. Gore is unapologetic.
Mr. Gore says that he is simply putting his money where his mouth is.
“Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?” Mr. Gore said. “I am proud of it. I am proud of it.” (I’m sure he would say that repeating himself is an indication of his passion, not his guilt.) Just because there is money to be made by pushing global warming doesn’t disprove it of course. It should just raise your suspicions. If Phillip Morris pushed science that suggested smoking was the path the a healthy mind and body, I think most people would be skeptical.
Note the the New York Times does its best to diffuse the issue, running with the headline “Gore’s Dual Role in Spotlight: Advocate and Investor”. A close second choice (as I submitted to FARK.com) was probably “Al Gore now eligible for Nobel prize in economics.”