Not to correct the Independent – oh, who am I kidding? I love to correct the Independent – but the correct term is ‘bribe.’
Al Gore, the self-styled squeakiest-clean and deepest-green politician in American history, has some explaining to do this weekend. His environmental organisation has taken money to raise awareness about the need for clean water from a controversial chemicals company involved in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst pollution disasters.
Dow Chemical, the US firm which now owns the leaking pesticides factory responsible for thousands of deaths in Bhopal, India, is sponsoring Life Earth events in 150 cities today. The event aims to raise money for clean water programmes. Research by environmental organisations has found dangerous levels of highly toxic chemicals in rivers, lakes and other water supplies close to several other factories owned by Dow and its subsidiaries in countries including the United States, Brazil and South Africa.
Or maybe ‘protection.’ Dow Chemical gives Gore money; Gore purifies Dow Chemical with the light of his countenance and his status as head of that strange little sect that he’s created over the last decade. It’s less money than Dow Chemical would need to spend to be in compliance with environmental demands, so everybody wins.
Well, everybody who isn’t simultaneously: in the environmental movement; and, a rube. Those sorry sad sacks get to stew in silence again while their betters enjoy the good life. Which is not a particularly attractive a lifestyle to me, but then I’m not a religious fanatic.
PS: Actually, no, Al Gore will have to do no explaining at all. Explanations are for those who do not Speak For The Trees.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.