So, stimulated by the convergent energies of the current "oil crisis" and the imminent election, the New York Post's editorial page has recently developed a new method by which to abuse Al Gore. To abuse Gore is necessary?his disappearance from political life would represent an act of public hygiene?but the Post's methodology indicates what's objectionable about mainstream American conservatism. Post readers will have noticed this new feature, in which the newspaper reprints passages from Gore's book Earth in the Balance, presenting them out of context in the expectation that readers will consider them as funny as Post editors do.