Gore’s Dangerous Call for Environmental Civil Disobedience
Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Oct 18, 2008
"Last month, in a speech before the Clinton Global Initiative, he called for young people to engage in "civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration."
This was not the first time such calls came from the man who used to be the "next president of the United States."
Last year he told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof: "I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."
Gore's call to arms is typical of his environmental conduct:
asking others to do what he himself wouldn't sacrifice.
His massive carbon footprint, his frequent use of private jets, and his inflated electricity bill more than 20 times the national average have all been widely reported.
Calling for young climate activists to engage in unlawful, albeit non-violent, action takes the hypocrisy to a whole new level. ".......The biggest problem with Gore's call for civil disobedience is that it clears the way to violence.
Civil disobedience is somewhat like Iran's pursuit of nuclear power "for peaceful purposes."
What starts peacefully can quickly change its face, especially when the inspiration comes from messianic and highly charismatic leaders. For years, radical elements in the environmental movement have tested the borders of permissibility.
Some, like the Earth Liberation Front, have crossed the lines and become engaged in full-fledged eco-terrorism.
The FBI considers eco-terrorism as one of the greatest domestic threats."
How come no one in Palo Alto has repudiated Gore on this matter, his headquarters are in Palo Alto, he is on the boards of local high tech companies?