In deciding to divorce, the Gores have doubled their carbon footprint by creating the need for two residences. Though they have purchased carbon offsets for their property, that's like buying oneself out of conscription during the Civil War.
A decade ago, getting food behemoths to even think about supporting healthier fare was a very tough task. Yet today we're seeing a new wave both in government and business toward "healthy living policies."
As a practical environmentalist I firmly believe that people don't need to make unreasonable sacrifices to reduce their carbon footprint, just adjustments. Unfortunately there are no viable alternatives to cross country travel.
We need to start redirecting $700 billion a year in federal expenditures away from war and corporate welfare, offer training and jobs in a giant green jobs program (similar to the Works Project Administration program of the New Deal era in the 1930s), and build a new green, full-employment economy.