USA Today: Gore isn’t quite as green as he’s led the world to believe (Thanks to Aaron for sending me this link.)

This was an interesting article about the alleged hypcrisy of Al Gore with regards to global warming, but I differ sharply with two parts of the article…

Gore is not alone. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has said, “Global warming is happening, and it threatens our very existence.” The DNC website applauds the fact that Gore has “tried to move people to act.” Yet, astoundingly, Gore’s persuasive powers have failed to convince his own party: The DNC has not signed up to pay an additional two pennies a kilowatt hour to go green. For that matter, neither has the Republican National Committee.

Maybe our very existence isn’t threatened.

This is just bad logic, and is one of the most classic of the use of horrible logic to make a point— Gore, Dean and the rest may very well not be taking the environmental issue seriously enough in their public and private lives, but their lack of action says nothing about how serious the problem is. The problem either exists or it doesn’t, and the problem will exist whether folks take it seriously or not.

The issue here is not simply Gore’s hypocrisy; it’s a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn’t he made any radical change in his life? Giving up the zinc mine or one of his homes is not asking much, given that he wants the rest of us to radically change our lives.

I wholeheartedly agree that Gore should live in a better way, but so should we all. Even the purest of environmental activists compromise somewhere (heck, even those who’ve given up cars and bike instead, are riding on roads made in part of petroleum and are riding upon those roads on tires made from petroleum). Certainly Gore’s extravagant lifestyle knocks his own credibility, but it does knock the truth of his message.

Or let me say it another way… should we not believe in the truth of the Declaration of Independence because the founding fathers were hypocrites? Should we throw out the immortal words that “all men are created equal” because those who authored those words owned slaves?