Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gore Is No Hitler - And It's Green For You And Me

You know, some Pundit’s are simply buffoons and idiots. And for some, idiot is too mild a term. I was pointed to an article by one of the Team BIO folks written by Glenn Beck. In it, he likens Al Gore to Hitler. That’s a bit extreme, but here’s what he said:
On the April 30 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck likened former Vice President Al Gore's fight against global warming to Adolf Hitler's use of eugenics as justification for exterminating 6 million European Jews. Beck stated: "Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax. The goal is the United Nations running the world. That is the goal.
I still don't understand the anti-environmental movement. Really, if you think about this situation like a capitalist (and most reichwingers would suggest they are), then this is nothing but pure business opportunity. Why the “conservative” right would shed their capitalist skins to try and debunk global warming as opposed to embracing the new business opportunity is beyond me.

If you think about this logically, there is going to be a serious amount of new industries popping up and new business opportunities that result in IPOs etc...that spawn a whole new green and sustainable segment of the world market. And if they don't want a piece of this action, then fuck ‘em. I'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

The markets dictate, fortunately for us; not the pundits. And what they - those that would oppose the greening of industry - don't understand - which the Iranians actually do - is that the oil and carbon based industrial energy sources are not renewable. Why do you think that the Iranians are hell bent on generating nuclear power? Not because they want to bomb us, but that they know and admit the obvious. By a certain date in the future - and this is nothing artificial about this timeline - the oil will dry up and they will need to heat their homes some way other than burning fossil fuels.

So, in the near term, green and sustainable business operations are the best and single smartest investments a person can make. The carbon based burning for energy industries will disappear, making green related energy companies more and more powerful and popular. Investing in this new segment of the market – not unlike Benjamin’s “Plastics” in The Graduate – Green makes perfect sense.

Gore is no Hitler. And those that suggest that he is should put their money where their mouths are. Sure you can invest in Chevron and Exxon and BP. But they will either need to change and convert to sustainable operations, or become extinct like the dinosaurs before them. I simply choose to invest differently.

Don't be fooled into thinking that the existing energy behemoths can bend the their current operating paradigms to make that kind of change. They are simply wrapping themselves in too much disposable income to think differently. They think they are winners and winning. Really, the trouble with monetary success is that you continuously use it as justification for status quo protection. The more money you make, the harder it is to change your ways.

That is, the folks in the carbon based energy industry may be making heaping sums upon heaping sums of money, but that's because the supply side is shrinking, not because they are extremely good at what they do. Once the supply dries up, they go out of business. Change or die. It's up to them. If some reichwing pundit chooses to go tits up with ‘em that’s his or her choice, but don’t suggest Al Gore is like Hitler. That’s ludicrous.

I, on the other hand, choose to invest in green and sustainable industries, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because it's a winnable model for investing - why do you think Toyota just beat out their major rivals? It’s green for me, green for us, green for the globe, and if you are a pundit and want to invest your dollars foolishly, then by all means go for the short term gain, much like your beloved president, you will find short term gain doesn’t translate to a winning strategy.

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