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July 17, 2007

IS THERE SOMETHING FISHY in Al Gore's enviro-talk? Rebecca Keeble of the International Humane Society writes:

ONLY one week after Live Earth, Al Gore's green credentials slipped while hosting his daughter's wedding in Beverly Hills.

Gore and his guests at the weekend ceremony dined on Chilean sea bass - arguably one of the world's most threatened fish species.

Also known as Patagonian toothfish, the species is under pressure from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, jeopardising the sustainability of remaining stocks.

This keeps happening.

UPDATE: Reader Dave Mason thinks Al Gore deserves credit for bringing attention to the problem, rather than blame from the small-minded: "In Al's defense, I did not know that the Chilean sea bass was endangered. By this act of selfless consumption, awareness has been raised. I will continue to not eat Chilean sea bass, and Al has once again saved some portion of the planet. Give that man a Nobel prize and some lemon juice."

ANOTHER UPDATE: TigerHawk rises to Gore's defense:

It seems a little harsh to pick on the Gorebot, as the International Humane Society has done, for serving Chilean sea bass at his daughter's wedding. For starters, what father even knows the menu at his daughter's wedding in advance, much less influences its selection? Indeed, had word gotten out that Gore was micro-managing his daughter's wedding for political effect, even liberals would be making fun of him.

Good point. But as I've noted before, when you speak in terms of moral crusades, sin, and righteousness, people will tend to hold you to a higher standard. Ask Sen. Vitter.

MORE: It appears there's less to this story than the above suggests. Al Gore, victim of environmentalist exaggeration?