Last night, I was IMing with a friend, who was on my case about my recently renewed pounding on the Carbon Beast of Tennessee, this time on my Facebook wall instead of here at my soapbox. He’d bought the snake oil but, following the East Anglia e-mails and data dump, he has taken a few steps back; his main argument with me last night came down to, “Even if Gore’s wrong, shouldn’t we push green energy anyway, Rojo?”
“I see what you did there,” I said. “You don’t even know you did it, but you did it.”
HIM: “What the fuck are you talking about?”
“Pascal’s Wager,” I said. ” It goes, ‘Either God exists, or he doesn’t; so what’s the harm in living your life like He does, even if He doesn’t?’ It’s pretty funny you used that, you being an example of what Gore’s acolytes would consider apostasy. They’ll burn you at the stake faster than they’d like to torch me for being agnostic and belittling their Pope at every available instance. ”
HIM: “That’s another thing; just because people believe AGW is a fact, why do you treat them like they’re just the same as religious nuts?”
“I shit you not, Skippy. And he’s right. Look how they act; anyone who merely questions their dogma is branded a heretic, ‘cept they used the “denier” slur to equate their opponents with people who say the Holocaust never happened.”
We ended it there, but the back-and-forth convinced me that the walls of the Church of Gore are crumbling at an ever quicker pace.
In recent days Walter Russell Mead has twice penned essays (with a third still to come) which have torn into Al Gore with an erudite, idealogically detached viciousness a schmuck like me could never achieve. First, he upbraided the Goracle for the sheer hypocrisy displayed while preaching everyone needs to feel the pain adherence to his gospel would require:
It is not enough to buy carbon offsets (aka “indulgences”) with your vast wealth, not enough to power your luxurious mansions with exotic low impact energy sources the average person could not afford, not enough to argue that you only needed the jet so that you could promote your earth-saving film.
You are asking billions of people, the overwhelming majority of whom lack many of the basic life amenities you take for granted, people who can’t afford Whole Foods environmentalism, to slash their meager living standards. You may well be right, and those changes may be necessary — the more shame on you that with your superior insight and knowledge you refuse to live a modest life. There’s a gospel hymn some people in Tennessee still sing that makes the point: “You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.”
St. Francis of Assisi understood the point well. Taken by the Pope on a tour to see the treasures of the Vatican, St. Francis was notably unimpressed. “Peter can no longer say, ‘silver and gold have I none,’” smiled the Pontiff, referring to the story in the Book of Acts that recounts what St. Peter said to a crippled beggar asking him for alms.
“Neither can he say, ‘rise up and walk.’” replied St. Francis — quoting what St. Peter said as he miraculously cured the beggar of his affliction.
You can sit on ivory chairs with kings in their halls of gold, participating in the world of politics as usual, or you can live with the prophets and visionaries in the wilderness, voices of a greater truth and higher meaning that challenge the smug certainties and false assumptions of the comfortable, business as usual elites. You cannot do both.
His next entry explains Gore’s loss of cachet, even among erstwhile members of his church:
Gore’s failures are not just about leadership. The strategic vision he crafted for the global green movement has comprehensively failed. That is no accident; the entire green policy vision was so poorly conceived, so carelessly constructed, so unbalanced and so rife with contradictions that it could only thrive among activists and enthusiasts. Once the political power of the climate movement, aided by an indulgent and largely unquestioning press, had pushed the climate agenda into the realm of serious politics, failure was inevitable. The only question was whether the comprehensive green meltdown would occur before or after the movement achieved its core political goal of a comprehensive and binding global agreement on greenhouse gasses.That question has now been answered; the movement failed before it got its treaty, and while the media and the establishment have still generally failed to analyze these developments and draw the consequences, the global climate movement has become the kind of embarrassment intellectuals like to ignore. Like the Club of Rome, Y2K, the Iraq Study Group and President Obama’s management of the Middle East peace process it is something polite people try not to think about. This is why Al Gore is less visible than he used to be, and his views are less eagerly sought: the polite world and its ready handmaid the press know Gore has failed but does not want to think or write about why.
Both pieces are well worth the time invested to read in their entirety.
The answer to that highlighted bit is, for me, the same as why the MBM, to this day, won’t call Obama on the carpet for his Administration’s abject failures and collectively thumbing their noses at the United States Constitution:
They’re too bloody invested in the Narrative to admit they were wrong.
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