Thursday, June 19, 2008

Al Gore: Don't Be Like Me

Al Gore's 10,000 sq. ft. Nashville Mansion

According to the Tennessee Center for Public Research, Al "Big Green" Gore used 213,210 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of electricity last year to power his Nashville, Tenn. mansion. That's enough electricity to power 232 average American households for an entire month.
In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.

In February 2007, An Inconvenient Truth, a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovered that Gore’s Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity than the average American household.

After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.

Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Well, isn't that an inconvenient truth. And that's just his Tennessee mansion. Another example of the "do as I say, not as I do" mentality of our self-proclaimed political betters. Of course, globally warm Al did "invent the Internet" (my apologies to DARPA), thus allowing me to post this stirring example of his hypocrisy for all to see.

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