Al Gore invest in a lot of green companies and it is apparently quite lucrative.

“I have advocated policies to promote renewable energy and accelerate reductions in global warming pollution for decades, including all of the time I was in public service,” Mr. Gore wrote. “As a private citizen, I have continued to advocate the same policies. Even though the vast majority of my business career has been in areas that do not involve renewable energy or global warming pollution reductions, I absolutely believe in investing in ways that are consistent with my values and beliefs. I encourage others to invest in the same way.”

He’s right and I don’t really have any problem with it, except that he’s a former vice president, his party is in power at every level and Gore is something of a folk hero among career environmentalists, many of which are the primary human resource in such places as the Energy Department. And what’s this?

The deal appeared to pay off in a big way last week, when the Energy Department announced $3.4 billion in smart grid grants. Of the total, more than $560 million went to utilities with which Silver Spring has contracts. Kleiner Perkins and its partners, including Mr. Gore, could recoup their investment many times over in coming years.

Does anyone think that Gore did not play a role in these taxpayer funded rewards? The article also notes that Nancy Pelosi also invests in clean energy companies, many of which get grants and other such funding from government authorities. Fortunately, the Speaker of the House would have no say in how the government would reward contracts. Nope, not at all. I guess Insider Information is only a bad thing when the people on the inside reside on Wall Street. I’m sure every contract is rewarded only on merit.

Nothing to see here. Look over there! Halliburton!!

(Yes, I know the retort would be “but Gore’s companies aren’t trying to “kill” anyone, as if that’s exactly what Halliburton is guilty of.  Well, skeptics like me see many environmental policies as guaranteeing poverty for millions of people, so, such unsubstantiated claims about Halliburton’s supposed blood on their hands leave me unmoved.)