Al Gore & His “Private Jets”: Hypocrisy?

Al Gore & His “Private Jets”: Hypocrisy?

So-called “Climate Deniers” tend to love Al Gore. They can’t get enough of him. Every single time some (poorly educated) climate denier loses an argument in a discussion about whether or not climate change is real, they would come up with:

You know what…I don’t believe in climate change, and neither do the people that promote it. Look at Al Gore: he is flying around in his private airplane trying to teach people that greenhouse gas emissions are a danger to the planet!”.

So there are two questions to answer:

1) Does Al Gore fly around the earth in a private jet?
2) If he does, or if his airplane schedule is quite busy, will it be fair to call him a hypocrite?

Al Gore &  His “Private Jets”: Hypocrisy?

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Does Al Gore Use a Private Jet?

No, he does not. A lot of unreliable sources online have tried to claim that Al Gore owns and flies Private Jet when he travels around to various climate conferences. That is simply not true.

The most reliable source is Al Gore himself. In an interview with CNN he was asked directly – and denied. He also adds that he lives a carbon-free lifestyle as he offsets all the greenhouse gases that he produces through his frequent travel plan.

You can see the full video here:

And can you guess who was behind the false “private jet claim”? Mister Donald Trump himself.

If Al Gore (hypothetically) had a huge carbon footprint, would he then be a hypocrite?

As we already debunked the “Private Jet Myth”, this question might not be too relevant for Al Gore. However, we do have several other people in show business that claim to be eco-friendly. Leonardo DiCaprio and Elon Musk springs to mind.

Climate deniers often tend to use these types of arguments:

#1: “If you are so concerned about the environment, why do you eat beef?”

#2: “Oh, so you believe in global warming? I hope that you are a vegan, have never stepped your feet into an airplane, don’t own a car and only shower in cold water!”

This type of discussion technique does not provide much value to a discussion. There is not a rule saying that there has to be a correlation between understanding what happens to our climate & living a carbon neutral lifestyle. And for the record: Al Gore DOES live a carbon-neutral lifestyle.

Just to illustrate why these types of arguments are a bit weird:

#1: “Oh, so you are not a racist? Why don’t you give all your money to organizations that actively fight racism? Why don’t you open your home to refugees coming from the Middle East!?”

#2. “If you care so much about your education, why don’t you stay in school 16 hours a day?”

In other words: just because you are educated and hold a certain moral stand on something does not necessarily mean that you need to go to the extreme. If Mister Gore, or someone else, pointed fingers towards people that had a certain lifestyle, he would probably have to defend that by living in the same way himself.

Literature – two books about Al Gore and his environmental politics

For every environmental documentary out there, there are at least 10 Youtube videos explaining why everything in that documentary is false.

And it’s the same with books.

Once some politician, scientist or other high-profiled person writes a book about climate change, some random author will write a book about the same topic. This happened to Al Gore as well.

An Inconvenient Truth vs Inconvenient Facts

In 2006, Al Gore wrote a book called “An Inconvenient Truth”, which was highly linked to his famous documentary. In 2017, someone called Gregory Wrightstone wrote a book trying to “debunk” Al Gore.

It was called “Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know”.

You can check out both books by clicking on the links below:

Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn't want you to know
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn't want you to know
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn't want you to know
Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn't want you to know
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

What did I get out from reading these books?

Frankly, I didn’t get much out of reading the book written by Al Gore. I’ve already seen the facts. After all, I keep myself updated on nearly any environmental issue that can be found out there.

But “Inconvenient Facts” was quite an interesting read. Not because I liked what I read. But I love to hear the other side. However, the book has been quite dramatically debunked.

And you can read one debunk approach by clicking on this link. It will lead you to a website called Commonwealth Foundation.

An Inconvenient Truth – fantastic documentary

The documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, made by Al Gore, is the mother of all eco-documentaries. It might becoming a bit old and outdated, but if you haven’t seen it: please do it.

And if you are looking for other documentaries to gain some new knowledge about what is going on in the world, feel free to check out this list. Most of them can be found on Netflix.

15 thoughts on “Al Gore & His “Private Jets”: Hypocrisy?”

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    Electric cars would be o k but battery advancement is still in the dark ages!!!!! L ion isn’t the answer it’s mfg is beyond pollution. learn electric principals of physics and basic electricity before u fall into the green energy trap do any of you even know what OHMs law is? I doubt it!

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    Offsetting is bulls**t, it doesn’t work, it’s just a pathetic excuse for the ‘woke’ to try & avoid looking like the hypocrites that they are.

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    I noticed that you haven’t addressed his use of charter jets. He doesn’t own them, but he uses them. It’s another “inconvenient truth.”

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    Climate alarmist cult’s been saying “the world will end in 10 years” for the last 75 years. Give it a rest. Over 30,000 scientists have signed a petition calling out all this nonsense too, but you cultists just plug your ears and sing.

    No, let’s just raise taxes (because bloated government solves everything, right?), and aim for zero CO2 (because what is photosynthesis?), and make everything electric (power companies really love this one, but let’s not look at where power comes from or accept that solar/wind is not dependable) because let’s not actually ask questions, no that’s unforgivable, but not as unforgivable as being a heretic to the climate cult dogma.

    Go kill yourself if you truly believe an individual person has any real effect on pollution or climate instead of looking at all at China, India, big industry, big pharma, factory farming, etc. No, don’t look into that, just parrot the exact fucking talking points the rich and powerful promote in the media.

    Brain dead useful idiots.

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    The jet thing doesn’t bother me much, at a minimum you can say that he has to travel around to spread his message and we haven’t developed a greener way to do it than airplanes yet.

    The part that DOES bother me is that he supposedly purchased a 9 million dollar beachfont (or beachview? conflicting reports) mansion in Montecito CA. That certainly doesn’t seem to be consistent with a belief that the sea levels will inevitably rise and flood coastal cities. I’m not sure how this inconsistency can be hand-waved away

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      If you’ve ever driven up the coast of California, you’d notice that virtually all the beachfront is public. Beachfront houses are on the cliffs on the other side of the highway than the beach. Montecito is 180 feet above today’s sea level. So no need for concern.

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    Al Gore doesn’t own a jet – and neither will he.

    This is a perfect example of some Republican propaganda, trying to make people ashamed of stuff they haven’t done.

    Thanks for telling the truth though. I can see that some angry Republicans are already filling the comments section here, which isn’t very surprising. When it comes to environmental politics, they are literally struggling to come up with one single proper argument

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    Jordan Staudinger

    Al Gore does not own a jet but he does charter them. He tries to fly commercially. Either way the jets burn large amounts of hydrocarbon fuel. Al’s multiple homes also use large amounts of fuel. He is carbon neutral only in that he has enough money to buy large amounts of “ carbon credits” which means he is paying someone else to do something which is supposedly reducing or sequestering that amount of carbon. I don’t think carbon is the problem some people make it out to be; we should all support regenerative agriculture which will increase soil carbon and ecosystem resiliance and use up atmospheric carbon dioxide .

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    You didn’t prove anything sport. All you have done is say, state that he does not use any private jet. When in fact he does. He uses “NETJETS” Service. To prove that he doesn’t use them then you need to state with, with actual citated facts the name of the airline and if he flies in coach/business class/1st class. And not just say, say he flies in such and such class. But offer up ACTUAL PROOF. OF THE CLASS HE FLIES IN.

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    So you are saying that Al Gore is not a hypocrite?!

    THERE IS NO WAY foreigners can talk about US politics in a disrespectful way. I have made up my mind: I love Donald Trump and the republican party. Al Gore tries to sell this messed up message that we need to fly less in order to take care of the environment. We don`t . He flies around the world in his private jet (I dont care what the f…. you wrote in the article because I dont believe it or biased CNN anyway).

    Go get a real job, eco-hippie

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      Hello Republican 4ever, thanks for your comment.

      Not sure if you are serious or not, but hey: we are all allowed to have our opinion, don’t we? 🙂

      I guess you “believe in” the news coming from CNN just as much as you “believe in” the crystal clear global warming evidence presented by NASA. In other words: you are either not aware of them or you might not understand them.

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      The fact is that money is king. People won’t change, even when polluting the earth is obvious. The earth does change. Many people will die. Gore has lots of money and he makes more money talking about global warming and burning fossel fuel doing so.

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