If one takes the position that AGW is real and that “we”–mankind–should do “something” about it, one has accepted a premise of responsibility to a greater good. Having accepted that premise constrains one to either acting according to the premise of responsibility or else acting hypocritically.
I hold that no AGW alarmist who is also of the opinion that there is some sort of larger responsibility to change our individual and collective behaviour can be consistent to their construct without substantial–indeed, near-draconian–changes in their personal lifestyle.
As the perp for the thread comparing Mr Gore’s Nobel for AGW alarmism to conferring a Nobel for Domestic Safety upon a wife-beater who establishes domestic abuse shelters, I admit to coming to this debate with a bias.
However I am curious about what defenses AGW alarmists might mount for a specific proof case of hypocrisy: flying first class if it is your sincere belief that AGW is a serious problem and we should do something about it. As always with any (dare I say it?) Religion or Great Cause, the devil is in the details of behaviour in determining what we truly Believe.
I’m not interested in covering Mr Gore’s behaviour in particular–I’ve mocked that elsewhere. I’m interested in a defense of this particular case example, since as a frequent flyer I see no benefit to first class other than a fairly trivial addition to my personal comfort and convenience, and since it comes at a cost of contributing to global warming.