So said cigarette smokers trying to discourage me from smoking as a teenager in the late 50's. I, of course, ignored their excellent advice, but finally had the good sense to quit after sixteen years. Pop ignored his own advice, and died of throat cancer at age 68.
Pop and most smokers knew they were harming their own health, but they never thought that quitting smoking was necessary to save the world.
However, many prominent leaders of the Democrats are firmly convinced that reducing the production of carbon dioxide is all that can save the world, and are tirelessly traveling the globe preaching the world's desperate need to go on a low-energy diet.
Time's a wastin'.
In light of Democrat leaders' tireless (and tiresome) proselytizing about the evils of man-caused global warming, it's interesting to see their personal contributions towards saving the planet.
Per the Drudge Report:
As former Vice President Al Gore waits to hear if he has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless effort on climate change, a new video will air this weekend capturing Gore on a fuel-guzzling private jet!
FOXNEWS host Sean Hannity is set to unleash the damning video this Sunday night, network sources reveal.
Then there's this.
When Al Gore is not jetting all over the world, creating one of the largest carbon footprints on Earth, he returns to relax at his modest Nashville home, one of the two listed below. (vetted as true by a Snopes investigation of Urban Legends):
HOUSE # 1: A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home.
This house is not in a northern or Midwestern 'snow belt,' either. It's in the South.
HOUSE # 2: Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every 'green' feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system.
Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.
HOUSE # 1 (The 20-room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist Al Gore.
HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Also known as 'the Texas White House,' it is the private residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.
So whose house is gentler on the environment?
Yet another story you WON'T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read about in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Indeed, for Mr. Gore, it's truly 'an inconvenient truth.'
Home of John Edwards, equally as environmentally sensitive as Al Gore's.
(Consider all the carbon offsets - also known as trees - that were killed to clear this space for and around the Edwards edifice. It seems all these Democrat leaders have edifice complexes.)
Of course, Al Gore is not the only environmental hypocrite leading the Democrats. John Edwards has his 28,000 square-foot mansion, which he says is “carbon neutral” because he purchases carbon “offsets.”
Carbon offsets? Aren't those like the Indulgences Catholics could buy to wipe away sin?
Indulgences wiped away sins already committed and forgiven, but did not give the sinner license to continue his sinning ways.
However, carbon offsets allow the "sinner" to keep on "sinning" with a clear conscience, just as long as he keeps practicing "pay-as-you-go" sinning. Atmospheric carbon dioxide still increases, but the conscience of the sinner is salved by the prospect that, in some future time, something he paid for may remove the damage done.
At least in theory.
Amazingly, this is the same John Edwards who wants businesses to operate under firm carbon caps, and to require businesses to make draconian cuts in carbon dioxide generation. For businesses, carbon offsets are not good enough. For John Edward’s personal needs, carbon offsets are just fine.
For those who aren't rich enough to buy forgiveness for destroying the planet, you get to make the sacrifices demanded by Al Gore and John Edwards.
Al and John don't sacrifice anything except a relatively small portion of their vast wealth.
Incidentally, their burden of sacrifice is made lighter because it's either tax deductible or paid from campaign contributions.
How nice to have taxpayers and supporters subsidize your sinning!