Former Vice President Al Gore sat down for a tough interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell this week. How tough was it? Mitchell asked how Gore, “as a prophet on climate change,” could agree to sell Current TV to Al-Jazeera for $100 million in dirty, sticky oil money from Qatar. What sort of climate change prophet does that?

It might seem inherently hypocritical, but it’s not in Gore’s case. Why not? As Gore explained, Al-Jazeera provides some really fine coverage of climate change that rivals anything you’ll see on U.S. cable news. Sure, it’s oil money, but they’re not just driving around in SUVs for no reason — they’re spending it on programs urging you not to use oil, so it’s OK.