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A not-so-sustainable wedding for Al’s little gal:

The youngest of Al Gore’s three daughters, Sarah Gore, 28, married businessman Bill Lee in Beverly Hills on Saturday ...

The family hosted a rehearsal dinner for 75 family and friends the previous evening at Beverly Hills’ Crustacean restaurant, a longtime favorite of the Gores.

Executive chef Helene An created a six-course tasting menu that included Chilean sea bass and roasted crab.

Chilean sea bass, you say? Hmm ... according to the Endangered Fish Alliance:

Pirate fishing fleets that disregard fishing limits are illegally catching this fish from Antarctica. Unless people stop eating Chilean sea bass, it may be commercially extinct within five years.

If Big Al’s got a taste for it, the bass will be lucky to survive past October.

(Via reader Boots)

UPDATE. Enjoy this screening of An Inconvenient Fish.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/16/2007 at 10:13 AM
  1. Being environmentalist royalty, such restrictions do not apply to them. I thought you knew that?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 07 16 at 10:18 AM • permalink

  2. One is to assume that Mr.100 MPH Prius the III was in attendance…stoned, but there.

    A See Bastard, eating dwindling Chilean sea bass.

    Hypocritical point #213, concerning BIG Al.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 16 at 10:35 AM • permalink

  3. Pish, posh! What ever is that rabble on about now? Don’t I continously grace them with my boundless wisdom and ceasless mercies? These simpletons just can’t grasp the enormous appetite I work up focusing my energies on saving them from themselves.
    Ignorant, ungrateful pack of barbarians. Really, I don’t know why I bother.

    Pass the sea bass again, would you Dear?

    /Lord Gore

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 16 at 10:37 AM • permalink

  4. Is there a pool on how long until we see The Algoracle being carried upon a regal litter, carried by sweating thralls, while he has young concubines hand feeding him peeled grapes?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2007 07 16 at 10:39 AM • permalink

  5. Ummmm, shouldn’t it be renamed to “A Fish Called Wanda AL”?

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 16 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  6. The link says Al was the life of the party. At a wedding I thought that was supposed to be the bride’s job. So it’s not just us rabble that are supposed to worship the Goracle.

    Posted by Retread on 2007 07 16 at 10:51 AM • permalink

  7. When they say “commercially extinct” that is code for “no longer commercially viable to harvest,” it doesn’t mean they’ll actually be extinct.  As with any renewable resource, the answer is to impliment a program of sustainable yield, rather than rending one’s clothes and donning the hair shirt.

    What is it about hair shirts that liberals can’t resist?  Are they super-duper comfy, or something?  Having never worn one, I wouldn’t know.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 16 at 10:52 AM • permalink

  8. I suppose that Gorezilla eats Chilean sea bass the way whales eat krill.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 07 16 at 10:55 AM • permalink

  9. Gore-disimo eats seas bass the way my old Ford V-8, 400 big block would eat dinosaur bones.

    Folks, please keep your fingers away from the vortex at all times.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 16 at 11:03 AM • permalink


  10. Anyone remember that old Star Trek episode where Kirk’s old boss ended up driving a starship into a giant robotic planet eater?

    For some reason, the image of that enormous thing just popped into my mind.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 16 at 11:05 AM • permalink

  11. Of course this fish is known as the Patagonian Toothfish in Australia, poachers of which were the subject of the longest sea chase in Australia’s maritime history. Link

    Some of the pirates’ poachers’ vessels can be seen here.

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 07 16 at 11:06 AM • permalink

  12. Gore’s original Stra Trek appearence.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 07 16 at 11:11 AM • permalink

  13. I think the important thing is that this raises awareness of Chilean Sea Bass Tooth Monsters. Wait, isn’t marijuana also said to raise awareness? Of, like, your fingers? Whoa, Albert Gore III is ahead of the curve.

    Posted by bobpence on 2007 07 16 at 11:13 AM • permalink

  14. The chilean sea bass, better-known as the commercially-banned patagonian toothfish, might present a problem for Big Al when it comes to his carbon credit racket. How do you replace an endangered fish species (that you’ve eaten in an embarrassingly public nosh-up with 75 guests) with an ecologically sustainable substitute?

    You could plant trees. That does wonders for rebuilding the fish population. Or you could invest in some nuclear power. That doesn’t cut down trees (doesn’t help the toothfish, either, but it’s carbon-neutral). Or you could call your broker and get some carbon-friendly porkbelly wheat biodeisel futures.

    That should do the trick. The fish tastes better already.

    Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 16 at 11:14 AM • permalink

  15. Tim’s recent Global Coldening Telegraph tour-de-force has been linked by Junk Science.com.  Great site and the home of dandy “DDT - weapon of mass survival” T shirts (which I insist on wearing to the huge embarrassment of my running mates).  Highly recommended and guaranteed to cause distress among all those lefties who don’t care about the 2 million kids killed by malaria each year.

    Posted by Ubique on 2007 07 16 at 11:21 AM • permalink

  16. Chilean sea bass is usually followed up with polar bear blutworst and manatee steaks, or, alternatively, stuffed condor, all washed down with pitchers of sangria kept cold on a bed of chipped ice extracted from glaciers. Highly recommended.

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 11:30 AM • permalink

  17. #16, Ubique,

    Don’t you know yet that those 2 million kids and their various parents and cousins and friends are necessary casualties in the war against AGW? Tony Jones’ mates on the ABC said so the other evening. We simply must cut the human population if The Earth is to survive. I think the latest estimate is that at least 2 BILLION must die in short order to save the planet (so that people who matter can still savour life as it’s meant to be).

    That T-shirt will set you up as such a target. Mate, you can’t be wanting to save povvos when the future of the planet’s at stake.

    Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 16 at 11:37 AM • permalink

  18. #17, paco - I thought you were supposed to serve Endangered Species Kabobs after Sea Bass?  Huh, guess I’m learning some Green dining etiquette.

    Posted by Major John on 2007 07 16 at 11:51 AM • permalink

  19. Major John:

    Please don’t quote me on this, but iirc, Endangered Species Kabobs are only appropriate for out door dining during Autumn.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2007 07 16 at 11:54 AM • permalink

  20. Chilean sea bass apparently have a voice that would peel paint.  Are they a Farfour/Nahoul cousin?

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 16 at 11:54 AM • permalink

  21. Well, this just stinks like 3 day old fish.

    Posted by missred on 2007 07 16 at 11:58 AM • permalink

  22. Who am I?
    My name is Al.
    On my hand I have a dish.

    I have this dish
    to help me wish.

    When I wish to make a wish
    I wave my hand with a big swish swish.
    Then I say, “I wish for fish!”
    And I get fish right on my dish.

    So…
    if you wish to wish a wish,
    you may swish for fish
    with my Al wish dish

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 07 16 at 12:04 PM • permalink

  23. I suspect he’d get a pass if he served whale kebobs on a bed of bald eagle feathers.  I’m beginning to suspect that Al should have stuck with the divinity school gig.  A lot of people take preaching from him.

    Posted by MarkD on 2007 07 16 at 12:13 PM • permalink

  24. #24

    Yeah but divinity school grads don’t get 175 G’s a pop.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 16 at 12:26 PM • permalink

  25. Congratulations, Al & family.

    Coincidentally, The youngest of my three sons also was married on Saturday.

    No endangered Chilean Sea Bass at the rehearsal dinner, just beef brisket, and we cooked, and served it ourselves…that’s a little more homey (and Green) than going to a swanky restaurant in Beverly Hills and chowing down on endangered species.

    Not that I’m criticizing the way you folks hold weddings, mind.

    Different strokes for different folks.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 07 16 at 12:28 PM • permalink

  26. Dave

    Plus you don’t have to fly a private jet to your own kitchen!

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 16 at 12:39 PM • permalink

  27. #17 paco

    You forgot the hors d’oeurves! Larks’ tongues, wrens’ livers, ocelot spleens, chaffinch brains, jaguars’ earlobes, and wolf nipple chips.

    Oh, yeah, and the ever-popular Tuscany fried bats.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 07 16 at 12:45 PM • permalink

  28. Ooops!

    But of course you drove a very expensive Gaia bashing Eye-talian sportster to the reception to make up or it.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 16 at 12:45 PM • permalink

  29. #28 You’re absolutely right, Spines. What would a sumptuous feast be without those items? A mere picnic!

    #19 Major John: Well, the condor is endangered, I believe, but if you really want to do it up right, you can substitute southern-fried ivory-billed woodpecker.

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 12:50 PM • permalink

  30. Ivory-billed woodpecker!  I think I saw them in the Safeway ad this week.

    <the Yojimbo scans ad>

    “regular- billed only”  Dang!  Sorry to bother. Just ever so sorry.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 16 at 12:57 PM • permalink

  31. Pirate fishing fleets that disregard fishing limits are illegally catching this fish from Antarctica.

    Yum! Poached sea bass!

    Posted by ErnieG on 2007 07 16 at 01:36 PM • permalink

  32. but if you really want to do it up right, you can substitute southern-fried ivory-billed woodpecker.

    If I might, could I use the red-cockaded woodpecker instead?  Nothing like an exercise at Ft. Polk (JRTC) being shunted away from some trees marked as red-cockaded woodpecker nesting spots.  Grah!

    Posted by Major John on 2007 07 16 at 01:38 PM • permalink

  33. #33 Major John

    How ya gonna keep them down on the farm once they’ve seen Leesville!

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 16 at 01:47 PM • permalink

  34. #33: That just doesn’t go with the other high-priced items. I mean, you wouldn’t serve caviar on a dorito chip, would you? I’ll tell you what, though; for a tasty quick meal, there’s nothing like a big ol’ plate of red-cockaded woodpecker helper. Stick-to-your-ribs goodness!

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 01:49 PM • permalink

  35. “But of course you drove a very expensive Gaia bashing Eye-talian sportster to the reception to make up or it.”

    Actually, the kids got married in a Redwood Grove (same one me and the missus were married in…just in a different century), and I decided to walk from there over to my wife’s parent’s house, where we had a lovely reception.

    I wasn’t trying to save the planet, though.  Just stretching my legs a bit.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 07 16 at 01:57 PM • permalink

  36. Just stretching my legs a bit.

    And getting up an appetite for beef brisket!!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 07 16 at 02:13 PM • permalink

  37. Tim should have headlined this as “News article you’ll never ever find on democraticunderground.com”

    Face it, if Jenna or Barbara ever sober up and get married, and Chilean sea-bass gets served at the reception, you’d have this splashed around the world in a heartbeat.

    Posted by John A on 2007 07 16 at 02:17 PM • permalink

  38. “And getting up an appetite for beef brisket!!”

    That was at the rehearsal dinner.  We had lasagna at the reception.  It was tasty too.

    And, it turns out pasta isn’t on any endangered species list!

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 07 16 at 02:26 PM • permalink

  39. Pirate fishing fleets

    Pirate? Cool!

    “It’s just the life for me,” said Tom. “You don’t have to get up, mornings, and you don’t have to go to school, and wash, and all that blame foolishness. You see a pirate don’t have to do anything, Joe, when he’s ashore…

    “Oh yes, that’s so,” said Joe, “but I hadn’t thought much about it, you know. I’d a good deal rather be a pirate, now that I’ve tried it.”

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 07 16 at 02:48 PM • permalink

  40. I wonder if they had pirate waiters, too?

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 07 16 at 03:01 PM • permalink

  41. What do Chilean sea-bass pirates use for bait? Argentinians?

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 03:15 PM • permalink

  42. Come on, people!  Everyone knows endangered calories, like vacation calories, just don’t count…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 16 at 03:22 PM • permalink

  43. Hey, I’m thinking that Andrea might like one of these for her birthday. Could come in pretty handy for trolls, italics spillers, and url non-closers.

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 03:32 PM • permalink

  44. Let me see if I have this straight - I should have Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Helper, in Leesville, with some Chilean fish pirates who use Argentinians for bait?

    OK, looks like I have some work ahead of me.

    Posted by Major John on 2007 07 16 at 03:39 PM • permalink

  45. italics spillers

    Didn’t we pick up plenty of extras at the Webdiary close-out sale?

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 07 16 at 03:43 PM • permalink

  46. #44 Uh, as a one-time italic spiller… must we?

    Andrea, I think you’re awesome!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 16 at 03:47 PM • permalink

  47. #46: Well, that’s true. But they were barely sufficient to off-set our bold-tag footprint.

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 03:50 PM • permalink

  48. You know, you have to give executive chef Helene An (and upscale eateries everywhere) props for hoisting the elite on their own snobbery.  How many delicate noses would crinkle if they realized they were eating plain old Patagonian toothfish instead of the exquisitely gourmet Chilean sea bass?  No doubt the latter entrée costs two thirds more than the former.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 16 at 04:05 PM • permalink

  49. #49: How many delicate noses would crinkle if they realized they were eating plain old Patagonian toothfish instead of the exquisitely gourmet Chilean sea bass?

    Well, considering that I can’t stand seafood, my nose woulda crinkled no matter what they called it.

    Hey, Al! How ‘bout some barbeque pork over here!

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  50. #17

    polar bear blutworst

    Hmm, shouldn’t that be polar bear blurtwurst?

    Posted by kae on 2007 07 16 at 05:41 PM • permalink

  51. Did anyone else notice that this dinner was only a rehearsal? One shudders to think what the main course will be when the real dinner is revealed…

    Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 07 16 at 05:43 PM • permalink

  52. #52, spotted owl fricasee served with a melange of snail darter and the better vegetables.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 16 at 06:46 PM • permalink

  53. I don’t measure my diet in calories.  I find that the smaller numbers that result when I use British Thermal Units are simpler to keep track of.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 16 at 07:38 PM • permalink

  54. A polar bear goes into a bar and says, “Can I a gin and ........tonic, please? Bartender serves him and says, “Why the big pause?” Polar bear says, “I don’t know, I’ve always had em.”

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 07 16 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  55. Scientists claim globawl warmening leads to rat stew!

    The peasants seem to be making a buck out of it, too.  Better put a stop to this!

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 07 16 at 08:01 PM • permalink

  56. A little more Gorisme

    Well worth the read.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 07 16 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  57. #32 But if they werre caught without the owner’s permission, wopuldn’t they be poached poached sea bass?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 07 16 at 08:32 PM • permalink

  58. Oh, I hate it when I put several postings together. It’s like I’m a loser.

    Anyway…

    Wherever I go, I make a point of eating the local animals. Rattlesnake, Kangaroo, Byson, Caribu, Moose, Sanglier ... but I have yet to eat a Polar Bear. MMMhumm. I look forward to it.

    <Starts planning trip to Inutivuk>

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 07 16 at 08:35 PM • permalink

  59. #52: One shudders to think what the main course will be when the real dinner is revealed…

    My guess would be boiled global warming denialist.

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 08:37 PM • permalink

  60. #53 quail bald eagle eggs.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 07 16 at 08:38 PM • permalink

  61. #42 Paco, yes they do or at least aspire to.

    Life, reality, truth, fiction less strange.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 07 16 at 08:49 PM • permalink

  62. Well at least Al didn’t specify Poached And Crusted Otter as the entree.

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 07 16 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  63. #61 Wimpy: Aren’t all eggs bald? Oh, wait . . .

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 08:58 PM • permalink

  64. Think globally.  Eat locally.

    Or something like that.

    Posted by Hump B Bare on 2007 07 16 at 09:00 PM • permalink

  65. #63: Mmmmm! Just like mother used to make!

    Posted by paco on 2007 07 16 at 09:00 PM • permalink

  66. I prefer my fish to be a lightly grilled coelacanth with a generous squeeze of lemon

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 16 at 09:25 PM • permalink

  67. #59 Wimpy Canadian

    Just be careful if you are a liver fan: Polar bear liver has so much vitimin A that it’s poisonous.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 16 at 09:29 PM • permalink

  68. #68
    as do the livers of sled dogs, so don’t eat their livers. See Retinol in wiki.

    Too much vitamin A can be harmful or fatal, resulting in what is known as hypervitaminosis A. The body converts the dimerized form, carotene, into vitamin A as it is needed, therefore high levels of carotene are not toxic compared to the ester (animal) forms. The livers of certain animals, especially those adapted to polar environments, often contain amounts of vitamin A that would be toxic to humans. Thus, vitamin A toxicity is typically reported in arctic explorers and people taking large doses of synthetic vitamin A.

    Posted by kae on 2007 07 16 at 09:43 PM • permalink

  69. So I guess the penguin pate is off the menu.

    Posted by kae on 2007 07 16 at 09:43 PM • permalink

  70. Never mind the freaking Sea Bass. Al’s daughter is now named Sarah Lee. She’ll be lucky to survive past the bridal waltz before Al’s scoffing her down.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 07 16 at 09:58 PM • permalink

  71. Well, Infidel Tiger, nobody doesn’t like Sarah Lee.
    In the grand tradition of liberalism, I say we eat the rich.

    Posted by Merlin on 2007 07 16 at 11:24 PM • permalink

  72. Tastes like chicken.  Good riddance.

    Posted by blogagog on 2007 07 17 at 01:48 AM • permalink

  73. don’t forget the orange bellied parrot,  enemy of wind farms, desalination plants &
    chemical storages

    Posted by KK on 2007 07 17 at 10:23 AM • permalink

  74. So, not endangered after all? We may have found the Right’s plastic turkey.

    Rather, the restaurant later confirmed, they had come from one of the world’s few well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish, and caught and documented in compliance with Marine Stewardship Council regulations.

    Posted by Flashman on 2007 07 19 at 06:38 PM • permalink

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