A left-wing writer at The New Republic says it’s totes OK for Al Gore and Leo di Caprio to enjoy lavish, hydrocarbon-fueled lifestyles (multiple mansions, mega yachts, private jets, fleets of SUV’s for their entourages). “The claim that Gore and his ilk are hypocrites is a classic conservative attack strategy of redirection (because it ignores the core issue of climate change) and of poisoning the well (because it attempts to discredit the message by discrediting the messenger). ”
By painting criticism of climate hypocrites as nothing more than a smear campaign from “the right wing,” ahe is, of course, completely missing the point, which is that why should we believe Al Gore and Leo di Caprio believe that CO2 is going to burn up the Earth when they don’t act like their own emissions are a problem. Imagine a televangelist preaching that alcohol, homosexuality, and gambling were the worst of sins that would surely cause your soul to burn, burn, burn in the fires of Hell. Now, imagine what you would think if he were caught stumbling drunk out of a casino at three in the morning with a male prostitute on each arm. You would kind of think maybe he didn’t believe in that stuff he was preaching, wouldn’t you?
She also makes the laughable claim that Al Gore, Leo Di Caprio and the other hypocrites “aren’t asking you to change your lifestyle.” Which is bullsh-t. They are demanding that people give up automobiles, pay exorbitant rates for electricity, give up meat, give up household pets, limit the number of children, and, of course, pay massively higher taxes so that Governments can fight the phantom menace of climate change.