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“I’m going to issue a strategic challenge that the United States of America set a goal of getting 100 percent of our electricity from renewable resources and carbon-constrained fuels within 10 years….We need to make a big, massive, one-off investment to transform our energy infrastructure from one that relies on a dirty, expensive fuel to fuel that is free”

That was part of a speech made by Nobel Prize and Academy Award winner Al Gore, just about a month ago. So what kind of investments do you think Gore makes (besides for paying his massive oil bill created by his giant-sized carbon footprint)? Al Gore invests in that “dirty, expensive fuel.” As reported by Matthew Vadum in Newsbusters Gore is not only getting rich from his from his global warming empire, but also from his petroleum empire. Talk about burning the candle at both ends:

Gore is a partner in Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, a venture capital firm. Kleiner Perkins pours investment dollars into green energy companies and not-so-green ones. An investment firm Gore chairs, Generation Investment Management (GIM), entered into a partnership with Kleiner Perkins to “provide funding and global business-building expertise to a range of businesses, both public and private, and to entrepreneurs.” Gore makes money by promoting investments that bear the imprimatur of Kleiner Perkins and GIM – including those in the supposedly dirty oil business. So Al Gore is not only in the global warming business: he’s in the oil business. This isn’t Gore’s first oil venture either: for years he’s profited from oil investments. Like any smart businessman, he hedges his bets. If the global warming business eventually peters out, he can always make millions from black gold. Here are the particulars. Within the Kleiner Perkins portfolio are three companies knee-deep in the fossil fuel business. One is GreatPoint Energy, which plans to convert coal into natural gas. Another is the secretive Terralliance Technologies, which describes itself on its sparse website as “an oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) company.” Fortune reports that Terralliance “has already dug 100 wells around the world and is in the processing of raising additional capital,” and that it “has developed software that purports to make it easier and cheaper to find and extract oil and natural gas.” As Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky notes, “It would be ironic, to say the least, if Kleiner’s first ‘green’ jackpot turns out to be a company that actually drills for oil.” [italics in original] (Here is a link to a New York Times article from last year about the fossil fuel investments of Kleiner Perkins.) Kleiner Perkins is also invested in GloriOil, which Fortune reports “designs microbes that, when injected into oil wells, increase oil production and decrease use of water.” It looks like Al Gore, the oilman who supposedly hates oil, has some explaining to do, especially given his recent crusade against oil. It was almost three weeks ago that Al Gore challenged Americans to “move quickly and boldly to shake off complacency, throw aside old habits and rise, clear-eyed and alert, to the necessity of big changes” by jumping on his alternative energy bandwagon. In a much-hyped speech July 17, the former vice president urged the nation “to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.” Gore acknowledged that achieving his ambitious goal would be difficult: “To be sure, reaching the goal of 100 percent renewable and truly clean electricity within 10 years will require us to overcome many obstacles.” “To those who say the costs are still too high: I ask them to consider whether the costs of oil and coal will ever stop increasing if we keep relying on quickly depleting energy sources to feed a rapidly growing demand all around the world,” Gore said. His activist group, the Alliance for Climate Protection, guesstimates that changing the nation over to so-called clean sources of electricity will cost up to $3 trillion over three decades. Ironically, one of the many obstacles to “reaching the goal of 100 percent renewable and truly clean electricity within 10 years” is none other than the wily Al Gore himself. That’s because even though he claims Americans must work to end their dependence on oil and must stop generating electricity using fossil fuels within a decade or face certain catastrophe, Gore continues to have a financial interest in fossil fuels. As I wrote before, Al Gore vigorously denies he plans to profit from the global warming hysteria he has helped to create and the media lets him gets away with it. But as Noel Sheppard pointed out, Gore doesn’t quite have his story straight. He slipped up in March by admitting he’s invested in green energy “investments.”

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