First came Ellen Goodman's offensive column, in which she likened global warming "deniers" to Holocaust deniers. Recent commentary about Al Gore and his energy usage has brought me into contact with his claim in Earth in the Balance, published in 2000, that global warming
"threatens an environmental holocaust... today the evidence of an ecological Kristallnacht is as clear as the sound of glass shattering in Berlin."
Al Gore lives the lifestyle of a movie star, with limos, private jets, a mansion, and 20 times the average electricity consumption of the ordinary American. It is beyond repugnant that such a man lecture us on the virtues of consuming less, no matter how rich he might get off the sale of carbon credit indulgences.
If Al invokes Kristallnact, it should be spelled "Cristal"nacht - as in the very expensive French champagne favored by movie stars, drug dealers, and Wall Street hotshots as they nightclub away at glamour spots in Hollywood. Or maybe "crystal," as in Baccarat crystal stemware.
Perhaps if the Gestapo had shined fluorescent bulbs while interrogating prisoners, they could have also participated in saving the earth.
Come to think of it, how many carbon credits did the Nazis earn by lowering the electricity usage of 6 million Jews, as well as by getting many of them to travel by freight train instead of private automobile to concentration camps? In Al Gore's Brave New World, removing human beings from the earth is real plus.
I actually once spoke with someone who told me he knew of a car enthusiast in Israel whose father in Poland was wealthy enough to own a Buick, which he used to take his family to the Russian-controlled eastern part of the country early in World War II, thus saving their lives. I am hoping that since they carpooled, Al Gore has no objections, even though their vehicle wasn't a hybrid and didn't get 45 miles to the gallon.This sort of thinking is anti-human, and their sloganeering a shameless appropriation of the Holocaust redefining the language in order to to redefine reality, something described in Robert Cheek's AT article Solzhenitsyn, the Prophet. Gore's Redefinition of Reality, coming to a theater near you. Don't buy a ticket.
Global warming crusaders are taking a distinctly anti-human view, seeing people as the disease, and prosperity the symptom. They would condem 2 billion Indians and Chinese to sweat out their lives without air conditioning, and implicitly count every American death as a victory for reducing carbon emissions.
(Jack Kemp is not the former politician of the same name.)