Liberals’ green injustice

Quixotes Last Stand

Charles Lane — TribLive — October 20, 2012

Al Gore is about 50 times richer than he was when he left the vice presidency in 2001. According to The Washington Post, Gore accumulated $100 million partly through investing in alternative energy firms subsidized by the Obama administration.

Two days after that story ran, Mitt Romney proclaimed at a rally in Ohio’s Appalachian coal country: “We have a lot of coal; we are going to use it. We are going to keep those jobs.” Thousands cheered.

The juxtaposition speaks volumes about the Democratic Party and about modern liberalism generally. As the Democrats become more committed to, and defined by, a green agenda (and as they become dependent on money from high-tech venture capitalists and their lobbyists), it becomes harder to describe them as a party for the little guy — or liberalism as a philosophy of distributive justice.

Gore’s sanctimony doesn’t…

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