Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's Not Easy Being Green

Al Gore is going to have to watch his back - those environmentalists can turn on you in an instant. One minute you're all breaking organically-grown, whole-grain bread together, replacing light bulbs, polishing the solar panels and buying carbon offsets to neutralize your cat's methane emissions after a tuna-rich meal - but let them find a chink in your green armor and boy, you better watch out.

Rebecca Keeble in this article in the Daily Telegraph takes Gore to task for serving up Chilean sea bass, also known as Patagonian toothfish, for the guests at his daughter's wedding.

The Patagonian toothfish is not on the endangered species list, it is however, considered a "threatened species" because of overfishing by "pirate" ships. It's one of those dishes you serve people to impress them.

Fishing of the toothfish is strictly regulated and those legally engaged in catching this species abide by strict environmental rules. The article cites the strain that poachers and those engaged in illegal fishing operations put on the fishing industry and brings up accusations of child labor. The author warns that seabirds are dying as a result of illegal fishing lines, and states that illegal fishing operations in the Southern Ocean must be curbed or... well, lots of bad stuff will happen.

Al is accused of diminishing his "green credentials". What is never asserted is that the fish Al Gore served his guests was caught illegally, or that it is illegal to eat toothfish. Pardon me for defending Al Gore, but he has never come out and made a statement that eating fish would destroy the planet. I know he's worried about the extinction of half of all species on earth, but not due to people eating them.


Janus Torrell said...

Its not like he is out shooting elephants for his daughters birthday.

People are pretty weird about stuff like that. I had some lady telling me that eating beef was evil, and I asked her what her expensive leather shoes were made of.

She walked away muttering about what a barbarian I was but didn't answer.

Rollo said...

There isn't a lot of common sense in zealotry.