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  •  he has not made one dime from climate change (4+ / 0-)

    Every penny he has made from his climate change-related activities (book/movie sales, his work in sustainable investment) has been donated to the nonprofit organization he founded to fight climate change. He's not battling climate change to make money. End of story.

    And please don't continue bleating "But he's profiteering!" as if I had not said anything.

    Facts and nuance do matter, and considerably more than blanket claims that someone doesn't comport with your particular ideology.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 12:55:25 PM PDT

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    •  My Ideology Isn't the Issue: Gore's Is (1+ / 0-)
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      The diarist hopes for an Al Gore candidacy. I think Gore is a neoliberal and I do not believe that philosophy is compatible with meaningfully addressing AGW. A commenter above defended Gore by saying that, since leaving politics, he has become even more Corporatist in his views. That is no endorsement to me. If you think Al Gore is not a neoliberal, that's fine but I would like some evidence. If you agree Gore is a neoliberal and you think that philosophy will adequately address AGW, that's fine too but, again, I see no evidence to support that view. In fact, the neoliberalism Obama adheres to last year resulted in the greatest amount of carbon ever going into the atmosphere. That is failure by any objective measure.

      I'm glad you posted the Politico article. I would be thrilled if it turns out that Gore has now eschews the Corporatist approach to AGW that Obama embraces. The evidence, so far, is contrary. If the evidence is otherwise, I will happily change my opinion.

      As for Gore personally, I like him. I always have. And I absolutely agree that AGW should be the predominant issue of our time. And, yes, raising a conversation is a start. But we are long past the time for a beginning. And if the end result is just more "corporate partnerships" and incremental changes, that simply will not work. Neoliberalism's florid failures under Obama and Clinton have proved that. And that is the bottom line. It's not a matter of philosophy; it's a question of reality. The planet doesn't give a shit about our philosophies. We need a solution and we need it now. Tick tick tick.

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