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March 3, 2007

Carbon Offsets: The Modern Equivalent of Sumptuary Laws

Where would Al Gore and his Hollyweird glitterati worshipers be without carbon offsets, which help insulate this energy-guzzling aristocracy from the charges of hypocrisy they so richly warrant when they preach to us about the sacrifices we will have to make to indulge their global warming fantasies?

Carbon offsets are a license to pollute, sold by unscrupulous swindlers who make unsubstantiated claims to improve the environment by planting trees (which eventually decompose, releasing lots of CO2), investing in politically correct but economically infeasible green energy projects, etc. It is a blatant con game, which is why Al Gore buys his offsets from himself.

This site and others have compared "carbon offsets" to the medieval practice of purchasing indulgences to absolve yourself of sins. They have also been compared to the Civil War practice of paying substitutes to go off and fight for you. The Virginian makes another apt comparison: medieval sumptuary laws.

Wikipedia describes them like this:

Sumptuary laws (from Latin sumtuariae leges) were laws that regulated and reinforced social hierarchies and morals through restrictions on clothing, food, and luxury expenditures. They were an easy way to identify social rank and privilege, and were usually used for social discrimination. This frequently meant preventing commoners from imitating the appearance of aristocrats, and sometimes also to stigmatize disfavored groups. In the Late Middle Ages sumptuary laws were instated as a way for the nobility to cap the conspicuous consumption of the up-and-coming bourgeoisie of medieval cities.

By limiting energy consumption to those who can afford to buy carbon offsets, Prince Albert and his Tinseltown court would like to dig an uncrossable moat between their castles of wretched excess and the unwashed masses who will be called upon to sacrifice for the sake of their environmentalist ideology.

Energy consumption should be reserved for the likes of Al Gore Pasha.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 3, 2007 2:13 PM


Nice photo. It looks like Al Gore Pasha is squeezing out a large carbon offset of his own. I wonder how many trees it takes to pay his toilet paper bills? For a man of his girth, that's a lot of trees that will never convert Co2 into oxygen again.

Karnak the Magnificent is going to be pissed that Gore stole his hat.

Posted by: verist at March 3, 2007 9:37 PM

The other "Inconvenient Truth" is that Algore buys his "Carbon Offsets" with money from the family fortune made in Occidental Petroleum.

Posted by: beefeater at March 4, 2007 10:07 AM


I heard on Hannity of Friday that the "Carbon Offset" that Gore pays is to a company OWNED BY GORE!

That's right folks - Gore is paying himself for his excesses - then probably deducting it from his taxes...

Can anyone verify that? I haven't heard it anywhere but Hannity...

Posted by: Jimbo at March 5, 2007 8:09 AM

Jimbo, please see the post directly below.

Posted by: Van Helsing at March 5, 2007 8:34 AM

"(which eventually decompose, releasing lots of CO2)"

So we should get rid of trees?

You know that the balance is net negative - do you?

Posted by: batty at March 5, 2007 10:00 AM

Batty, no I don't know that, and apparently neither does anyone else. Like everything else having to do with the climate, it's under debate.

Posted by: Van Helsing at March 5, 2007 12:57 PM

Don't argue with a moonbat, I believe their logic is a net negative.

Notice they ignore the whole point of the post because they can't defend it, and instead fixate on one minor remark. It would be interesting to hear one of them come here and tell us how wonderful it is to buy carbon offsets.

Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at March 5, 2007 1:55 PM


Maybe you can buy the carbon offset Gore squeezed out.

Posted by: verist at March 5, 2007 8:26 PM