Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Surprise | The Rightwing Attacks Al Gore

Obviously waiting in the wings was the set-up to smear and swiftboat Al Gore after his Oscar win. I'm sure it was discussed at great length among the Rightwing trolls where this attack should come from and was decided that Gore's home state would be the best "source" for alpha troll Drudge's scoopsmear. Thanks to Conscious Earth here's the truth of the matter:
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Tennessee Drudge-A-Muck Over Gore Mansion

.."In what was clearly a pre-planned smear campaign against Al Gore - timed to launch on the heels of An Inconvenient Truth's Oscar win - the right wing think tank the Tennessee Center for Policy Research reported that Al Gore's home consumes 20 times the power as the national average - an assertion that was lasciviously lapped up by Drudge...
Responding to Drudge’s attack, Vice President Gore’s office told ThinkProgress:

1) Gore’s family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100 percent green power through Green Power Switch, installing solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology.

2) Gore has had a consistent position of purchasing carbon offsets to offset the family’s carbon footprint — a concept the right-wing fails to understand. Gore’s office explains:
What Mr. Gore has asked is that every family calculate their carbon footprint and try to reduce it as much as possible. Once they have done so, he then advocates that they purchase offsets, as the Gore’s do, to bring their footprint down to zero.
Similar efforts have been attempted before. For the a previous high profile smear against Gore see my post - Al Gore Cracks the Conservatives Lies - the false accusations there are bound to crop up again now.

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