Gore's latest incovenient truthAs Tennessee's own environmental crusader reportedly contemplates a run for the Democratic nomination for President, largely under pressure from his Hollywood elite friends who engineered his Oscar triumph, we learn in The Tennessean that the former Vice President does indeed take after many of his Hollywood friends:
Al Gore has profited from zinc mining that has released millions of pounds of potentially toxic substances near his farmstead, but there is no evidence the mine has caused serious damage to the environment in the area or threatened the health of his neighbors.
Two massive white mountains of leftover rock waste are evidence of three decades of mining that earned Gore more than $500,000 in royalty payments for the mineral rights to his property.
To be fair to the Gores, a new company has taken over the mine, and they haven't decided whether or not to renew their approval of mining rights on their property. However, Gore has been on his environmental crusade for years while profiting much of the time from the mining royalties he received from a zinc mine which was partly on his property. What were the environmental results of this mining?
Minor, says the State of Tennessee, but there were and are considerable risks:
Previous mine owners released toxic substances into waterways above the allowable levels several times in the eight years before the mine closed.
So toxic substances were being released into the water while Al Gore, Mr. Inconvenient Truth, profited from it. I have nothing against mining, but this so-called champion of the environment profiting not only from a mine partly on his property-but a mine that had been written up several times for unsafe practices smacks of the highest level of hypocrisy.
Gore has now sent a letter to the new mining company requesting greater environmental responsibility. He has done this now that The Tennessean, traditionally a Democratic paper that has supported him in the past, has openly exposed his double standand. There is no evidence that Gore took any action to demand oversight of the zinc mine that had mining rights to his property prior to his traditional allies at The Tennessean exposing the reality of his benefit from the mine to the wider world.
It would seem that the former Vice President has taken on the habits of many of his Hollywood elite friends. Many of these wealthy elites try to tell the rest of us how we ought to live and how we should conduct our daily business, they do the opposite of that which they publicly expound to the rest of us.
Al Gore has become one of them. This is the Inconvenient Truth that Gore would rather not have discussed by the public.