“recycler Al”

April 2004 – Generation Investment Management LLP founded, Hon. Al Gore chairman, with the investment philosophy that “Capitalism is at a Crossroads

5/24/2006 – release of “An Inconvenient Truth

2/25/2007 – “An Inconvenient Truth” wins an Academy Award for “Best documentary feature”

3/2/2007 – World Net Daily reports that Gore pays his carbon offsets to a firm he chairs, Generation Investment Management LLP.

1/24/08 – At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:

Gore said (according to 7DAYS and others):

  • there are now forecasts that the North Pole ice cap may disappear entirely during summer months in as little as five years
  • “This is a planetary emergency. There has never been anything remotely like it in the entire history of human civilisation. We are putting at risk all of human civilisation”
  • “I think it is really important from a climate change point of view to move away from the idea that personal actions from each of us represents the solution to this crisis. […] These are important… but in addition to changing the light bulbs it is important to change the laws”
  • the single most important policy that could be implemented would be a tax on carbon emissions that is applied across the whole world, “so that those who don’t pay the price for carbon don’t have an advantage over those who do.”

At the same event, Bono added (also according to the above 7DAYS article):

  • “He’s been round my house and it’s like… here’s the recycler Al, you know… I’ve got a posh car, but it runs on ethanol Al”
  • “It’s like being with an Irish priest. You start to confess your sins”
  • “Father Al, I am not just a noise polluter, I am a noise-polluting, diesel-soaking, gulfstream-flying rock star. I’m going to kick the habit. I’m trying father Al, but oil has been very good for me.”

3/30/08 – Lesley Stahl interviews Gore on “60 Minutes”:
Stahl:  “There’s still a lot of skepticism about whether global warming is man made […] they say: we don’t know what causes it and why spend all this money till we really know”

Gore:  “I think that those people are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They’re almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat. That demeans them a little bit, but it’s not that far off”

3/31/08 – Gore launches a 3 year, $300M “we” campaign to fight global warming. (Notice that the website’s “we” icon turns “me” upside down, consistent with the shift in theme expressed in Jan ’08 7DAYS article away from personal responsibility towards global taxation.)

4/18/08 – ABC exposes that “An Inconvenient Truth” lifted an impact shot from “The Day After Tomorrow”.

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