Al Gore in the Bay Area? How did he get here? Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Curious Observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm Curious Observer is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I see that Al Gore is in the bay area. Did he fly here? If he's concerned about global warming, should he really be flying around so much? In England, Prince Charles was recently criticized for flying to the States to accept an environmental award. There was a lot of discussion about the "carbon footprint" created when one flies. Should Al Gore stay put and preach his message from Tennessee or wherever he lives? Am I wrong in my assessment that airplanes contribute to global warming? I've heard a lot about global warming recently. Rather than waiting for the government to do something about it (which will never happen with GW in office) I know some individuals are starting to make changes on their own. Shouldn't reducing flying be one of them? How much are we willing to change our life style to reduce global warming? Just curious.
Posted by K A F, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2007 at 10:50 pm
Acutally both Al and Tipper track all of their travel and buy cabon offsets for all miles. Even without this I think that the amount of awareness they have brought to the issue of global warming might justify Al"s travel.
Posted by Joanna H, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2007 at 10:13 am
Curious Observer, you raise a really insightful question, and I absolutely agree with K A F that the miles racked up by people like Al Gore and others are justified by the awareness-raising that they're doing, as long as they take the carbon-offset approach. The only thing K A F forgot to mention is that we, too, can and should do the same when we fly, drive, or do other carbon-emitting activities. It's surprisingly inexpensive, so if we can afford to fly, we can afford to offset.
There are a number of organizations that sell "carbon credits," but I like to get them through our own Palo Alto-based environmental organization, Acterra. Here's a link: Web Link Look for the "Cool It!" program link at the top of the page.
Please do research before buying into what His Highness Al Gore is spewing. BTW, his carbon "offsets" (read hypocrisy) are purchased from a company he co-founded, so basically he is paying himself. Hmmmmmm.......in addition to the 5 billion tax payer dollars that is wasted every year in this country, ignoramouses "feel" better when they waste even more of their hard earned dollars on carbon offsets. Truly pitiful.