Former Vice President and failed (yes, failed) Presidential candidate Al Gore is worth close to $300 million dollars. But Gore’s investment fund dedicated to environmental and social sustainability, Generation Investment Management, is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Nice chunk of change. So, what’s he doing with it?
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Gore’s “mission-led firm” claims to “seek transformational change needed in climate and social action.” Sure, sounds great and most certainly looks good on a business card —there’s only one problem with it…
Generation Investment Management has investments in companies that profit from Chinese slave labor and help the Chinese Communist Party censor the internet.
Wait, didn’t Gore tell CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in 1999 that he invented the internet?
“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.”
(There’s no bad time to bring back that gem.)
So Internet King Al Gore, according to the WFB, has stakes in Tencent, Anta, and Alibaba –all Chinese companies that run the gamut of human rights offenses.
“Tencent, a tech conglomerate, routinely censors the internet at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party and has surveilled foreign users of its WeChat messaging app. Anta, a sports apparel company, has faced accusations of using cotton sourced from labor camps in Xinjiang. Alibaba, which operates China’s equivalent to Google, has links to the People’s Liberation Army.”
Sounds like the Veep is speaking out of both sides of his mouth, chasing the almighty dollar (or the people’s renminbi, as it were).
It’s tough to be a climate crusader and do business in China —just ask fellow hypocrite John Kerry. “Gore’s compromise on Chinese firms for the sake of environmental sustainability bears similarity to another failed Democratic presidential candidate,” WFB reports. “John Kerry, the Biden administration’s climate czar, has refused to criticize China over human rights abuses out of concerns it would derail climate talks with Beijing. And like Gore, he has investments in controversial Chinese firms, including one linked to labor abuses against Uyghurs.”
While Gore and Kerry are concerned about emissions making the air unbreathable, most of us should be concerned about all the hypocritical B.S. these two men produce.
It’s reaching critical mass.