A piece in today’s Financial Times (London) discusses plans by the British government to hire Al Gore to advise them on “green issues.” The story is located here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/10e24838-6789-11db-8ea5-0000779e2340.html.
It appears that the Brits have been taken in by the fears of global warming and the impact of climate change. In fact, they are going so far as to impose limits on carbon dioxide emissions, and to think about how to impose taxes to deter/incentivize conservation measures.
Hiring a politician (who, by the way, is not holding any elected position because he could not get elected the last time he tried) to give advice on global warming strikes me as puzzling. I mean, why not a scientist? Or a supermodel? Why Al Gore? Maybe it’s just his fluid style and warm, likable persona that got him the job. Or the fact that he has good teeth in his smile? Or maybe it is because, yes, Al is really a superhero who is underappreciated in the U.S. Al is – you guessed it – the real Green Lantern.
Perhaps all good Americans should be glad that a former politician from the U.S. can get work somewhere. After all, most are unqualified for real jobs, and there are probably few jobs where you can pontificate about things about which you know little. (There is, of course, blogging, but it does not pay so well.)