The Other McCain

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Al Gore: A Bigger Idiot Than Obama

Posted on | September 7, 2011 | 11 Comments

Read this sentence:

On Friday afternoon, as brave and committed activists continued their non-violent civil disobedience outside the White House in protest of the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution, President Obama ordered the EPA to abandon its pursuit of new curbs on emissions that worsens disease-causing smog in US cities.

Fifty-six words, 32 of them belonging to a dependent clause. People who write so poorly do not usually think very well. Are the pipeline protesters “brave and committed”? Or are they naïve and confused?

Sam Novey is 23 years old, had never been in trouble with the law before, and last week he went down to Washington and got arrested on purpose, to make a point.
There is something called the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast. For those who believe we are already too reliant on fossil fuels, that we need to be reducing the carbons released into the atmosphere, not adding to them, this is a line in the tar sands.
Novey listened as Bill McKibben, the great environmentalist, explained why people had to engage in civil disobedience.
“He said we’re up against the richest special interest in the world. We can only win if we fight with a different kind of currency. Our spirits and our bodies,’’ Novey said. “That’s why I did it.’’

By that specious logic, “civil disobedience” is a tactic which automatically imparts righteousness to any cause. If Big Oil really wanted to win the P.R. battle here, they’d pay lobbyists to stage sit-in protests in front of the White House, holding signs with slogans like, “Drill ANWR Now!” and “Green Energy Is an Expensive Myth.”

And then Al Gore could praise these “brave and committed activists” engaged in “non-violent civil disobedience.

Oh, by the way: Sam Novey is a Harvard graduate.

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Comments

  • JeffS

    Tsk tsk, Anamika, tsk tsk!

    Stacy is not complaining about a grammatical error, as you did earlier; he is using a grammatical problem as a point leading to his premise that people who write poorly think poorly. 

    A reasonable premise for Al Gore, given the quality of Gorezilla’s work over the past few decades.

    Tsk tsk, Anamika, tsk tsk!

  • JeffS

    Just guessing here, but I suspect that Sam Novey’s boss didn’t have a problem covering for Sam’s absence. 

  • http://twitter.com/sdo1 Steve in TN

    Meanwhile, Gore’s house here in Nashville still has a huge carbon footprint…

  • http://pumping-irony.livejournal.com/ Wilbur Post

    Al, get a clue… if your idiot pals would be successful in killing XL, the pipeline would still be built, only in Canadian territory to the Pacific Ocean so they could ship the oil to China instead of us.  So Al, unless you nitwits are prepared to go up to Canada and f*ck with them over this, killing the pipeline here will effectively accomplish NOTHING, the same nothing you and your loony tune activists are good for.  The science is settled Al; you’re an idiot and a hypocrite to boot.   

  • CalMark

    “…and got arrested on purpose, to make a point. …’ We can only win if we fight with a different kind of currency. Our spirits and our bodies,’ Novey said. ‘That’s why I did it.’ ”

    He probably wore a grungy old tie-dyed t-shirt instead of rompers when he was a baby…

  • http://twitter.com/_scarymatt_ Matt Lewis

    Old and busted:  Release the kraken!
    New hotness: Reduce the carbons!

    They’re really getting their money’s worth from that dude.  Pulitzer prize winner!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like someone nuked the dungbat. How much to make it permanent?

  • M. Thompson

    Comparing moonbats on idiocy is like selecting which cow pie is biggest.

    In the end, all you’re comparing is poop.

  • 2SoonOld2LateSmart

    The true reality is that Big Al doesn’t even know whether Sept 14 falls on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.  Take a look at the calendar at the 35 second mark on his promo:

    http://bit.ly/oqt4cd

  • nicholas

    “If Big Oil really wanted to win the P.R. battle here, they’d pay lobbyists to stage sit-in protests in front of the White House, holding signs with slogans like, “Drill ANWR Now!” and “Green Energy Is an Expensive Myth.”

    True, with the big difference in the Big Oil protesters being that they would be making good sense and promoting plans of action that would benefit our future.  

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin

    Wow, that bio screams “Mickey Finn, Ex-bartender” to these smilin’ Irish eyes….