Al Gore may have lost his sense of navigation in the American political landscape. Otherwise he would’ve known that it was only a matter of time before a right wing group would try to embarrass him by employing the worst political maneuver in American politics: telling the truth. So shortly after he won an Oscar someone took the time to look up Gore’s electric bills only to discover that the ultimate preacher of global warming consumes 20 times more than the national average from his Tennessee home.
The Gore camp claim that while the usage is high all the energy is produced by a green power provider to the Tennessee Valley that draws its energy from solar, wind-powered and methane gas supplies, among other sources.
I some times find partisan politics strange in America. The two parties will almost always take the opposite positions on everything, uniting only if the issue involves Muslims, Arabs, Terrorism and/or Israel. It’s one thing for a party to want to, say, privatize social security while the other doesn’t or one wants to increase taxes while the other doesn’t. But on an issue such as the environment…
Everyone in Washington is backed by someone some where. The environmental lobby has a lot of money and votes for the democrats. The oil companies tend to have a lot of money and votes for republicans. Hence one party will champion the environment and seek out alternative sources of energy, while the other plays defense for big oil.
This doesn’t make one evil or the other good.
And I wouldn’t care so much except for the fact that it’s almost a given that what emerges from American politics in general tends to have a resonating effect throughout the whole world.
But other times it’s just a lot of hot air and bickering.
My guess is that it’ll be a country like Japan or maybe one of the Scandinavian countries that’ll end up making a discovery that could actually save this planet’s future. Capitalism can make some people greedy and hinder a campaign but it also has a way of fueling innovation that lead to technological breakthroughs. Markets adjust, prices of such technology decrease and people’s lifestyles begin to change. Bit by bit the world begins to change. Funded by the very system that may be responsible for causing a great deal of the mess in the first place.
But let’s face it…
The environment is not something that’s on everyone’s plate. Most people across the world care about food, wages, health care, education, crime. Melting ice caps is not at the top of the agenda. It’s usually because it’s hard to see the domino effect the environment can have. Rising sea levels, rising temperatures, rising electricity usage, rising prices, rising taxes, lower standards of living, devalued currency and so on and so forth. The ripples are endless.
So politics and partisanship aside, these fundamental things, these every day things, these things that will effect our children and our children’s children, these things that history will hold us accountable for. These are things we should all get on board with. They shouldn’t be inconvenient truths, they should be simple. As simple as agreeing that AIDS needs a cure, genocide shouldn’t happen and cigarettes are bad for your health.
Hence I could not agree with the Gore camp more right now: screw the messenger, concentrate on the message.
Because history will never ever forgive us for giving Kevin Costner a reason to make Water World 2.