Monday, February 19, 2007

Gore's Inconvenient Truth

There's a little "inconvenient truth" about Al Gore's concert series to promote global warming awareness. His new S.O.S. (Save Ourselves) performances, to feature artists like Bon Jovi and Sting, have the potential to unleash more pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in one day than some nations create in a year. If Gore succeeds in drawing three million people to each show, as well as streaming the concerts on the web and broadcasting them on television, his efforts would render about 200,000 metric tons of carbon when the conversions from electricity are calculated. To put those numbers in perspective, the concerts would generate more CO2 in one day than the entire nation of Afghanistan has produced in the past year. If Gore buys carbon offsets to make up for the pollution the shows create, which is a likely assumption, he had better buy some gardening gloves. Since it takes an acre of Douglas fir trees (after 50 years of growing time) to offset 1,000 tons of CO2, then Gore will need to plant several hundred acres of firs to make up for one concert. We have a better idea. Skip the concerts and start planting the trees.

Source: FRC

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