Al Gore: Doing good or just doing well?

More and more people seem to notice that Al Gore is making huge amounts of money while peddling fear of global warming. And he's just getting started. The prospects of serious wealth are unlimited should his recent affiliation with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins bring about regulatory advantage or public subsidy for schemes to trade carbon emissions, subsidize  supposedly-green energy projects, or otherwise capitalize on the world's need for massive quantities of energy.

The latest chapter in public awareness of Al Gore's crusade to get rich unfolded in the United Kingdom. The Daily Mail reports:   

Al Gore has come under fire for making personal gain from his mission to save the planet - after charging £3,300 a minute to deliver a poorly received speech.

The former American Vice-President was also accused of being "precious" at the London event, demanding his own VIP room and ejecting journalists, despite hopes the star-studded gathering would generate publicity for the fight against global warming.

Many of the audience at last month's Fortune Forum summit were restless as Mr Gore, who has won both a Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar for his campaigning work this year, delivered the half-hour speech that netted him £100,000.
Obviously, since winning his OscarTM, Al has developed a severe case of Hollywood attitude. That's always a danger when people without any basic values beyond their own self-advancement come into contact with others higher up in the pecking order. Al took away from Harvard not any real knowledge or wisdom (his grades were mediocre), but rather an attitude of intellectual condescension toward those who disagree with him. He took away from Vanderbilt University Divinity School (he flunked out) a major dose of sanctimony. And now he has apparently developed a severe case of ‘tude from his brush with the stars.

Since he has apparently now turned his energies toward finance and business, one wonders what new disagreeable traits lie in his future. Will he trade in his corporate jet for a remodeled 767 like his friends Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page? Will he start buying up trophy properties in resort areas around the world? My bet is that he will start organizing charity fundraisers/gala social events. All to benefit a "good cause" that happens to coincide with his investments in the green biz.

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Update: Greg Richards writes:

And how has Al Gore advanced his position?  One way of expressing it would be...
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