I know this is somewhat of a departure from what I typically blog about, but when this came to my attention, I just couldn’t resist.
As I have frequently stated before, I define myself as a Republican. And if you know a fair amount about American politics, you know that the Republican party is not known for its strong environmentalist stances. That’s a typically Democratic issue. However, I do think there are practical ways to care for the environment. But that’s just it, very few environmentalists are practical.
Case in point: Al Gore, the raving lunatic and popularly-elected President of the United States in the 2000 election (I can’t deny that) has been out and about promoting his new film, An Inconvenient Truth, a film which warns of the imminent danger of global warming. Now, even though Al used to be pro-life and is now pro-choice, he has always been an environmentalist. He wrote a book some years back called Earth in the Balance (hence the title of this blog), and with this movie, he has been really courting the environmentalist crowd. Do I smell a Presidential nomination?
Anyway, I found out yesterday that Al Gore is really promoting the global warming agenda in a big way: he’s putting on a worldwide 24-hour concert. With 100 artists including John Mayer, Corrine Bailey Rae, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sheryl Crow. The shows will take place all over the world in England, China, Japan, Brazil, Antarctica, Australia, and South Africa. Now you’re probably thinking, “Wait a second, did he just say ‘Antarctica?'” Yes I did.
Sounds great, huh? Raising awareness for a good cause, putting on incredible concerts with an amazing line-up. This concert could save the world! Or could it make it worse?
Let’s examine what goes into a concert. Well, you have to fly in all these artists (not to mention their road crews and entourages) from around the world to these different locations. That requires a lot of flying, which last time I checked required fuel. Now unless that fuel is corn oil, ethanol, hydrogen, or whatever other alternatives exist, I would think that flying these planes all over the world would be detrimental to the environment. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
Next, power sources. You have to generate a VERY significant amount of electricity to put on a concert. So unless this power is coming from windmills, solar power, or half the country of China on stationary bicycles, I would think that this power might come from some ungodly source like say, a nuclear power plant or even a coal power plant.
What about Antarctica? Doesn’t that continent contain polar ice caps? I would think that putting the first rock concert on that continent would be just a little bit harmful. I’m not an environmental scientist, but somebody please tell me if I’m wrong on this so far.
Granted, I don’t believe that global warming is a real problem anyway. But Al Gore does. So why try to create a solution by being part of the “problem?” Personally, I think Al Gore has political motivations. He still has to rebound from the relative obscurity he endured after losing the 2000 election. I mean, did you see the guy? He grew a beard and everything! He probably lived in the rainforest to learn about how important it was or something. I see this concert as no more than a political stunt to see how much attention he can get from it. If you disagree or if you have other facts that I am unaware of, please share them with me.