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January 26, 2023

Al Gore’s Other Green Obsession

Life is good for the former veep, who learned long ago that there’s a fortune to be made in scaring certain people silly.

It’s been said, or not, that there’s a sucker born every minute. And somehow, Al Gore keeps on finding them. And exploiting them.

Indeed, whenever he attends a glorified stag party important climate conference like the recently concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he must rub his palms together with glee all the way across the ocean in his private jet. Then, when he scans the room and sees an endless supply of ultra-maroons, he must thank his lucky stars for Ralph Nader, George W. Bush, butterfly ballots, the Electoral College, and his “home” state of Tennessee. But for 537 Jews for Buchanan in Florida’s Palm Beach County, he’d have been our nation’s 43rd president — and he wouldn’t have gotten such a big head start on scaring the world into a climate-alarmed frenzy.

Ever since his 2000 presidential election defeat, the former VP has been at the forefront of a green technology investment scam that’s seen his net worth explode to an estimated $330 million. And the rich keep getting richer. He rakes in $2 million a month for essentially lending his name to the Generation Investment Management green energy fund he founded with former Goldman Sachs Managing Director David Blood.

On top of this, he commands around $200,000 a pop in speakership fees. Imagine that: paying a guy 200 large to scare your audience.

It’s great, er, work if you can get it. And we thought Hunter Biden had a sweet gig at Burisma.

Still, it wasn’t always that way. When Gore ran for president 23 years ago, his financial disclosure forms showed his most valuable assets were his home in Arlington, Virginia, valued between $250,000 and $500,000, and stocks worth between $500,000 and $1 million. His total assets when he left office were between $780,000 and $1.9 million, which seems about right for a guy who’d been a vice president for eight years, and a U.S. senator before that, and whose dad had been a U.S. senator.

Then he started telling us the sky is falling, and New York City was going to be under water soon. His 2006 crockumentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” hauled in $49 million at the world box office and “earned” him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Folks have been throwing money at his masseuse-abusing self ever since.

In 2020 at Davos, he lectured the world on how we were losing the war against climate change, hyperbolizing before his rapt audience there at the World Economic Forum: “This is Thermopylae. This is Agincourt. This is Dunkirk. This is the Battle of the Bulge. This is 9/11. We have to rise to the occasion.”

And last week at Davos, he turned up the volume to 11, warning us about “boiling the oceans, creating these atmospheric rivers and the rain bombs and sucking the moisture out of the land and creating the droughts and melting the ice and raising the sea level and causing these waves of climate refugees!”

“We’re still putting 162 million tons [of greenhouse gas] into [the troposphere] every single day,” he thundered, “and the accumulated amount is now trapping as much extra heat as would be released by 600,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs exploding every single day on the earth.”

Yikes.

The lesson to be learned from all this? Scaring people pays off. Big time. As America’s best newspaper, the UK’s Daily Mail, reports:

Gore’s family has owned farming land in his native Tennessee for generations, while his mansion in Nashville is valued at $7.5 million, his waterfront villa in Montecito, where he counts Oprah as a neighbor, is worth $13 million, his Virginia home is worth around $3 million as is his apartment in the St. Regis building in San Francisco.

On top of his Green Investment Management money, Gore has around $80 million worth of stock in heavy hitters such as Apple and Google, he also draws a salary from Apple as a compensation committee member.

Take a gander at his Montecito crib, which uses more electricity in a year than the average U.S. family uses in 21 years. How’s that for leading from the front?

If there were any doubt as to what drives Gore and his ilk, “climate czar” John Kerry dispelled it at Davos in a moment of surprising candor: “So, how do we get there? Well, the lesson I’ve learned in the last years and I learned it as secretary [of state] and I’ve learned it since, reinforced in spades, is: money, money, money, money, money, money, money.”

Al Gore is scaring people silly, and he’s laughing all the way to the bank. And the rest of us — or at least the eco-theologians and the global warmists among us — are walking around with the word “CHUMP” tattooed on our foreheads.

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