A lot of money. As in, his net worth has increased fifty-fold, and that’s not a typo. Gateway Pundit revisits some commentary by Pro Patria about Al Gore’s relationship with Big Green (a good name, that):
So just what has Al Gore gained from his Big Green escapades? According to public disclosure information, Gore was worth somewhere between $1 million and $2 million in 2000. Not quite eight years later, Gore is estimated to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. While I ordinarily would applaud such financial gains from such a short period of time, I can’t help but to question just how it happened. When you look out at what Al Gore has done, it’s evident that he figured out on a way to capitalize on the creation of Big Green while becoming the official doomsday prophet that has helped to build Big Green into the monetary powerhouse that it has become.
That post is from 2007, and the number it mentions was also reported here and here (neither unsympathetically, which is the reason why they were chosen): Gateway Pundit is bringing it up again because Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) had some pointed questions to Mister Gore on his business relationships. Human Events had ten more, all of which should be asked by his supporters themselves, and none of which will be. Note that Blackburn did ask some of these questions; also note that Gore evaded them, complete with that patented “the fools denied my greatness! But I’ll show them! I’ll show them ALL!” smirk that he reserves for situations like this. I have to admit; if this is Gore’s revenge scenario for America it’s going well.
Now, I’m not an innocent here: there’s going to be money in “going Green.” A lot of money: it’s the latest fad, on a scale comparable to the tulip craze of a few centuries ago. But we crested this wave a year or so back, and if it’s all the same to everybody else I’d personally prefer that we not further enrich a bunch of cynical fearmongers quite so much before the eventual crash. If for no other reason than because we’re actually in a problematical economic state right now, and I don’t think that it’s a good idea to pursue policies that will result in more people having anxiety about whether the light and/or heat will come on when they flip the switch.
I mean, we’re not all in Al Gore’s shoes, here. He’s protected for anything less than complete societal breakdown. The rest of us aren’t that lucky.
PS: And before you say the magic words “Google” and “Apple:” Google is actually a player in Big Green, and until Big Green’s acolytes stop buying Macs, Apple doesn’t have to be. Especially with Mister Gore on the board.
PPS: Have you paid your taxes, Al? In full? Hey, just asking: you’re a powerful Democrat, after all, so it’s a legitimate question these days.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.