Al Gore is not a very nice guy. Certainly not someone any Christian should respect.
A Tennesee racist, his introduction into the political scene was with a seat in the US Congress - a reward for his part in the frame up of Morris Haddox, an African American political leader, who was trying to stop Nashville police from destroying his community by allowing unhindered narcotics trafficking and prostitution. This frame up was part of the FBI’s Operation Fruehmenschen (German for “early” or “primitive men”), in which black politicans and officials were illegally targeted and smeared, from the late 50’s until the mid 1970’s.
Gore's racism came to public notice in 1999, when he condemned millions of Africans to a lingering death by denying them access to generic Aids drugs. Never let a human life get in the way of making a profit, eh?
In more recent years, of course, Gore has been fighting his "Global Warming" crusade.
Gore claimed, for example, that Himalayan glaciers are shrinking and global warming is to blame. Yet the September 2006 issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate reported that this is only partly true. Gore claimed the snow on top of Mount Kilimanjaro was shrinking and that global warming was to blame. Yet according to the November 23 2003, issue of Nature magazine, "Although it's tempting to blame the ice loss on global warming, researchers think that deforestation of the mountain's foothills is the more likely culprit. Without the forests' humidity, previously moisture-laden winds blew dry. No longer replenished with water, the ice is evaporating in the strong equatorial sunshine."
Gore claimed global warming is causing more tornadoes. Yet the IPCC stated in February 2007 that there has been no scientific link established between global warming and tornadoes. Gore claimed global warming was causing more frequent and severe hurricanes. However, hurricane expert Chris Landsea published a study in May 2007 documenting that hurricane activity is no higher now than in decades past. Hurricane expert William Gray reported just a few days earlier, on 27th April 2007, that the number of major hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast had declined in the past 40 years. Hurricane scientists reported in the 18th April Geophysical Research Letters that global warming enhances wind shear, which will prevent a significant increase in future hurricane activity. Gore claimed global warming was causing an expansion of African deserts. However, the 16th Sept, 2002, issue of New Scientist reported, "Africa's deserts are in 'spectacular' retreat ... making farming viable again in what were some of the most arid parts of Africa.'"
So, we have a plethora of lies and half truths coming from the mouth of Al Gore. Why? For political reasons? Or was he planning, all along, the next great ponzi scheme? Does the Church of England not see the apparent conflict of interest here?
Generation Investment Management is a hedge fund. Its purpose is to make money for its owners and its clients. It is not philanthropic. It invests in global equities - it just so happens that its marketing niche is to buy and sell shares in companies with "green credentials." Such as Nestle, that well known environmental and humanitarian corporation.
But global equity is not the end of it, because here comes the ponzi scheme - Carbon Credits. New financial engineering in the style of Mr Madoff, perhaps. A drivatives based tax on the world's populations.
The day after The Inconvenient Truth won its Academy Award, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research reported that Al and his wife Tipper's home electricity bills for one month were about equal to the annual electricity bills of an average American household. It's OK, though, because he offsets this energy use with Carbon Credits - purchased from Generation.
Is this the sort of place the Church of England should have its money? Should the Church of England be contributing to Al Gore's salary?