Gore has let his mask slip. When Gore advocates that the single most important policy change would be to "tax what we burn - not what we earn", he really means we should shift the burden of taxation away from the rich capitalist towards the rest of society since a person earning ten million dollars doesn't burn one thousand times as much fuel as a person earning ten thousand. Indeed, a shift of taxation onto to the "burners" will further burden the workers who have to travel long distances since either they don't live near their place of work (due to the high cost of accommodation in these central locations), or who have to travel due to their work (e.g. truck drivers or traveling salesmen).
The rich capitalists also have the option of staying overseas (whether in Dubai, Moneco or Israel) thus avoiding paying these fuel taxes which the US tax payers will be lumbered with. As a double-whammy, a considerable amount of this money which is then channeled to Israel, further assisting the dual-nationals. I smell a small conflict of interest here, not least since most senators and congressmen are multi-millionaires, so they are voting themselves a tax cut, whilst lumbering the rest of the US tax payers with the bill. No change there then.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7513002.stm
Gore challenges US to ditch oil
The Nobel laureate and former US vice- president, Al Gore, has urged Americans to abandon electricity generated by fossil fuels within a decade.
Mr Gore compared the scale of the challenge to that of putting a man on the moon in the 1960s.
He said it did not make sense that the US was borrowing money from China to burn oil from the Middle East which then contributed to climate change.
Critics say weaning the US off fossil fuels is not possible within a decade.
Mr Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work on climate change, insists his goal is achievable and affordable.
"The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels," he said in a speech in Washington.
"When you connect the dots, it turns out that the real solutions to the climate crisis are the very same measures needed to renew our economy and escape the trap of ever-rising energy prices."
To secure this green revolution, Mr Gore said the single most important policy change would be to "tax what we burn - not what we earn".