- Gore is fat.
Here he was, receiving film’s highest honour for his smash documentary, in which he warns that within a century the seas will rise up to 6m while monster hurricanes tear through what’s left of our cities.
Gore didn’t say that would be 6m of sea level rise within a century. Nobody knows how long it will take, so Gore didn’t give a figure. And the scientific consensus is that global warming will likely increase hurricane intensity.
And that is Gore buys his offsets through Generation Investment Management, whose chairman is . . . Al Gore.
What’s more, GIM’s business is not to itself remove carbon from the air, but, it says, to “buy high quality companies at attractive prices that will deliver superior long-term investment returns”.
Oh, and by the way, those companies have to be green. Some are even wind farms, although even they — don’t kid yourself — produce some greenhouse gasses.
So Gore isn’t so much buying offsets as investing in fashionable companies for profit. Lucky him. Rich him.
From August 2006
An Inconvenient Truth: “An Inconvenient Truth” is the first carbon neutral documentary ever . Paramount Classics and Participant Productions have worked with Native Energy to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions from air and ground transportation and hotels for production and promotional activities associated with the documentary. In addition, with the book “An Inconvenient Truth,” Rodale became the first publisher to produce a carbon-neutral book. The offsets for “An Inconvenient Truth” will support New Native American and Alaskan Native wind turbines and new family dairy farm methane energy projects will deliver clean, renewable energy to the power grid and displacing power that would otherwise come from burning fossil fuels.
Generation Investment Management: In addition, Gore co-founded Generation Investment Management, which invests in companies that are part of the climate solution. Not only does Generation offset the carbon emissions of its London and DC offices and business travel through purchases on the Chicago Climate Exchange to permanently retire carbon credits, it also offsets the personal home and travel emissions of all its employees through the CarbonNeutral Company. These offsets support two projects: 1) a dam-less, “run-of-river” hydro power project in Bulgaria forecast to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 10,000-13,000 tons per year, and 2) a rural solar electrification project in India and Sri Lanka to replace the use of dangerous kerosene lamps that produce high levels of CO2 emissions to light homes with solar powered lighting systems that produce no CO2.
So he’s offsetting his personal, home and travel emissions with offsets purchased from CarbonNeutral via GIM. This was made clear back in August, but don’t expect accuracy from Andrew Bolt.
And all right, Bolt’s is no longer the latest desperate attack. There were probably another eleventy-dozen while I was writing this post.