On Sunday’s Hannity America, host Sean Hannity investigated Al Gore’s private airplane travel and noted his hypocrisy when the former Vice President claims to be an environmentalist:

Gore apologist blog News Hounds writes this in defense of Inconvenient Al:

Hannity used records of Gore’s 16 private jet flights during the 1999-2000 campaign season, claiming that those trips show the former Vice President to be a hypocrite. In a disclaimer later in the piece, Hannity admitted that Gore’s office responded that the former Vice President had purchased carbon offsets for the trips, thereby maintaining the carbon neutrality of the jet fuel consumption. Hannity did not let this disclaimer deter him from making all kinds of specious linkages, false analogies and non sequiturs in his report.

For example, he gave statistical information about the carbon imprint of commercial vs private jets, showing that flying in a private jet does four times the carbon emission damage than flying in a commercial jet. Hannity then conflated two terms “carbon imprint” and “carbon neutrality”, once again implying that these terms are interchangeable when they are not, stating “So if you were worried about your quote-unquote ‘carbon footprint’ on the environment and if you’re concerned about carbon neutrality, the last you should be doing is flying on private jets. Sit in coach. You might save a polar bear!”

The point Hannity was trying to make isn’t what Gore adds to the environment to increase global warming, it’s that he is living the life he tells others not to live. In other words, do what I say, not what I do. In laymen terms: Hypocrite!

Al Gore’s office wrote a response prior to Hannity’s investigation:

– Gore lives a strict carbon-neutral lifestyle both in his work and private life. That means he tries to reduce his emissions as much as possible, and then purchases carbon offsets for the remaining emissions.

– In his private life, Gore tries to reduce his emissions as much as possible. He drives a hybrid, flies commercially whenever he can, and purchases green power. In the few instances where work has demanded that he travel privately, he purchases carbon offsets for the emissions.

Because Gore can never “demand” to do what he demands other people to do.

– Gore lives a strict carbon-neutral lifestyle both in his work and private life. That means he tries to reduce his emissions as much as possible, and then purchases carbon offsets for the remaining emissions.

– In his private life, Gore tries to reduce his emissions as much as possible. He drives a hybrid, flies commercially whenever he can, and purchases green power. In the few instances where work has demanded that he travel privately, he purchases carbon offsets for the emissions.

(h/t Noel at Newsbusters)