Wednesday, 8 May 2013

GORE: "climate alarmist who lives a jet-setting, carbon-profligate lifestyle."

Al Gore's Fortune

Of Al Gore, The Seattle Times say that: (link)
Detractors see Gore as a limousine liberal, tiresome pedant and climate alarmist who lives a jet-setting, carbon-profligate lifestyle while preaching asceticism for everyone else.
The Seattle Times details how Al Gore amassed $100 million in January. (Link)
In January, the Current TV network, which he helped to start in 2004, was sold to Qatari-owned Al Jazeera Satellite Network for about $500 million. After debt, he grossed an estimated $70 million for his 20 percent stake, according to people familiar with the transaction. 
Two weeks later, Gore exercised options, at $7.48 a share, on 59,000 shares of Apple Inc. stock that he’d been granted for serving on the Cupertino, California-based company’s board since 2003. On paper, it was about a $30 million payday based on the company’s share price on the day he claimed the options.
According to the Guardian: (link)
Al-Jazeera English was set up in 2006 by the Arabic broadcaster of the same name and both are owned by the Qatari state. 
Does that mean Al Gore sold out to BigOil? Well, it was reported that the Network was sold in 2011 but, as the LA Times reported in January 2013:  (link)
Al Jazeera is partly owned by the royal family of Qatar, a strong U.S. ally that is also a hugely wealthy petro-dictatorship. In other words, after spending his post-presidential career exposing the evils of Big Oil and the havoc it's wreaking on the planet's climate, Gore's roughly $100 million in profit from the Current TV deal is figuratively dripping with carbon coffee. (emphasis added)
Gore has tried to answer this:
 "Yeah, I understand it looks bad, but hey, Al Jazeera has covered the climate change issue better than any other channel."
LA Times responds: (link)
It's a pretty lame explanation, not only because it doesn't really address the fact that Gore sold out to a huge oil interest but because it makes some unwarranted assumptions. If the world ever does become serious about a severe crackdown on oil use, Al Jazeera's Qatari owners might decide to add a little spin to the channel's climate coverage, or tone it down. 
Don't do what I do, do what I say. 

Combet: Fooling? Or treating Public as Fools?

Australia's Minister for Climate Change has held a Press Conference reported by news media. He still linkuses the term "carbon price" even though PM Gillard admitted that it was a tax (link) and that tax is on carbon dioxide, not carbon.

From the Australian:
Carbon price will be revised: Combet
The carbon price is currently fixed at $23 a tonne and is paid by the biggest emitters, such as coal powered electricity stations. 
In 2015, the price will move to a market-based mechanism and will be linked to the European emissions trading system. 
Last year's budget forecast the price in 2015/16 would be $29 a tonne, but recent falls in the European market mean it will now be much lower.
Then Mr Combet said: "the government would take a "budget neutral approach" to the carbon price."How can it be budget neutral, Mr Combet, when you have promised billions of dollars to go overseas?

As Paul Murray reported in February 2011: (link)
Billions of dollars raised by Australia's carbon tax will end up overseas, helping poor countries battle climate change. 
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's new tax will be used to allow Australia to meet its share of a $100 billion-a-year United Nations fund to transfer wealth from rich countries to help undeveloped nations adapt to global warming.
Mr Combet also defended Labor's pricing regime.
"It's doing what it was intended to do - it's cutting greenhouse gas emissions."
Is it really cutting Green House gas Emissions? Has the tax caused a crippling of Australia's economy with the knock-on effect of reducing production and commerce thereby  reducing emissions?

Sophie Mirabella (Link)
"Labor's carbon tax was deliberately aimed at reducing industrial activity and hurting Australian manufacturing and jobs, and now they are planning to dump their inadequate and pathetic compensation for such damage."
While Australian businesses are paying a carbon tax that is to rise to $29 per tonne in the next two years, the ABC reported (link)
Carbon permits dropped to as little as 2.63 euros ($3.34) a tonne, and German power prices for next year fell to their lowest level since 2007. 

Everyone join in and sing the song:

"You're so Wrong, Greg Combet."