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Friday, August 15, 2008
Al Gore’s $100 million carbon empire
Larry Farnsworth, director of communications with Capital Research Center, writes that “When the former vice president left office, [Al] Gore was worth an estimated $2 million. Today, Gore has a fortune estimated at over $100 million. “
How did he get so rich?
He peddles environmental fear and uses his political influence to advocate for policy changes that benefit his personal investments in green technology companies. Al Gore is a partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and co-founder of the London-based firm Generation Investment Management (GIM), both of which are heavily exposed to investments that depend on government “cap-and-trade” and “carbon offset” mandates to tackle global warming.
Al Gore was a socialist in public life and is now a state capitalist in private life. He always finds a way to make a buck screwing taxpayers and honest, private sector capitalists.
Read more from Larry Farnsworth here.
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No surprise here. The global warming thing has been and remains a scam. The promoters are enriching their bank accounts while the ignorant swallow hook line and sinker the scam.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-08-15 4:51:09 PM
Fat Albert knows that there is money in gullibility ... P.T. Barnham knew it too.
Same business, different circus.
However, they are pikers compared to the religion big top.
Posted by: John V | 2008-08-15 5:31:59 PM
Gasp!! Al Gore is a fraud?
I'm glad we have honest welfare scientists like Suzuki to rely on:)
Posted by: attitude | 2008-08-15 6:25:45 PM
Will Suzuki ever catch on to the scam or is he one of those true believers (aka fools)?
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-15 6:27:06 PM
Suzuki benefits from socialism. He knows it's global warming is BS.
Posted by: attitude | 2008-08-15 6:31:02 PM
Zeb- The Suzuki Foundation ain't hurtin either.
Posted by: dp | 2008-08-15 7:37:45 PM
dp: yeah but not like Gore, who's swimming in cash. I thought maybe Suzuki was different. Silly me!
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-15 7:40:22 PM
As I have stated before, for me, the science of MMGW will not be 'settled' until I see fraud charges laid.
Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2008-08-15 8:29:01 PM
Zeb- I think the main difference is Gore is a politician who's learned to manipulate science, while Suzuki is a scientist who's learning to manipulate politics. Gore started from a slightly more powerful position, plus he's a lot sleazier.
Posted by: dp | 2008-08-15 9:35:15 PM
dp: that is a very insightful analysis. Well done. I do believe that Suzuki has been more successful at manipulating politics than you say. All those years at the CBC taught him how to manipulate the system. But why carp? You're right on the money (pun intended)
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-15 9:55:41 PM
Where's Fact Check to stick up for his ole buddy "no hypocrisy here" Gore? Surely it isn't logically inconsistent to hold some subset of views that Al Gore holds....
Posted by: Grant Brown | 2008-08-15 10:25:57 PM
The fact that you're posting to note that Fact Check hasn't posted in response to this means either
a) you're suffering some sort of paranoid delusions and should seek help
b) Fact Check owns your ass.
Posted by: truewest | 2008-08-15 11:15:05 PM
c) Fact Check is running scared.
Posted by: Grant Brown | 2008-08-16 12:32:58 AM
Grant: or maybe YOU are Batman, I mean Fact Check. :)
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-16 6:56:15 AM
Gore is a socialist when he's a politician and a ringleader when he's a capitalist. Suzuki is a Geneticist, not a Climatologist.
If you want the truth, always follow the money.
Posted by: JC | 2008-08-16 7:11:51 AM
"Zeb- I think the main difference is Gore is a politician who's learned to manipulate science, while Suzuki is a scientist who's learning to manipulate politics."
They both still rely on the same common denominator for their support and success, scores of uninformed and easily duped people.
The entire leftist machine knows it can count on such blatant stupidity to extend their agenda.
A complete travesty considering we constantly pat ourselves on the back for being so "sophisticated" and so "worldly".
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-08-16 8:45:43 AM
If he's rich, it's because he's screwing taxpayers. If he's poor, it's because he lacks business acumen. Sheesh. If he walked across water, the headline would probably be "Gore can't swim", wouldn't it?
Posted by: squished | 2008-08-16 3:14:45 PM
squished, maybe he can't win either way. But when you stand on a soap box and preach, all the while making substantial profits from the movement you support and push governments to legislate, you open yourelf up to it.
"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance." — Murray N. Rothbard
Posted by: TM | 2008-08-16 4:04:42 PM
Maybe it's time to investigate Al Gore, perhaps he could share a cell with Conrad Black.
Posted by: glen | 2008-08-16 6:37:30 PM
I might be naieve on Suzie Dee but it's apparent that he really believes in the warmeners cataclysmic lingo.
Posted by: reg dunlop | 2008-08-16 7:29:34 PM
Regarding Suzuki, think about it, does he make more money scaring us by predicting enviro disasters or watching fruit flys fornicate?
Posted by: Tom | 2008-08-17 7:31:39 AM
Tom: Personally, I think Suzuki is the kind to reject money in favor of his cause. He's that crazy.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-17 9:12:14 AM
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