Is there an Academy Award for Hypocrisy?
Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).
In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.
Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.
Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.
Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.
“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.
And meanwhile, there is one former Tennessee Senator “going green”. Republican Bill Frist.
Surprise, surprise, surprise…
The Gore responds:
“Every family has a different carbon footprint,” said Kalee Krider, a spokeswoman for Gore. The Gores’ 10,000-square-foot house on Lynnwood Boulevard has a large one.
The Green Power Switch program isn’t all that Gore and his wife, Tipper, are doing, Krider said.
They use compact fluorescent light bulbs and are in the midst of a renovation project that includes having solar panels installed on their home to reduce fossil fuel consumption, she said.
Their car? A Lexis hybrid SUV.
“They, of course, also do the carbon emissions offset,” she said.
That means figuring out how much carbon is emitted from home power use, and vehicle and plane travel, then paying for projects that will offset that with use of renewable energy, such as solar power.
So the message from the Gore-on here is, everyone else should cut their energy use back - walk to work, live in the dark and live like a caveman to reduce your carbon emissions… but I can afford to indulge in massive energy consumption and then donate a few dollars to some projects that makes me feel better about myself.
Looks like Canada has their own version of the Gorebot, eh.
Political activist David Suzuki — on a cross-country tour urging Canadians and politicians to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions — may want to look in his own backyard before lecturing Canadians on how they’re destroying the Earth.
With all the alternative-energy modes of transportation out there, Suzuki and his entourage are crossing Canada in a sprawling, “rock-star-style” diesel-burning tour bus, emitting more greenhouse gases during his 30-day tour than many of us do in a year.
Suzuki could at least have found a biodiesel bus, which emits far less greenhouse gases than conventional diesel.
“We were hoping to have biodiesel,” Curan explained by phone, as the Suzuki tour drove out of Winnipeg yesterday. “But we were told towards the beginning of the tour — for this company that we’re going through — that it would void the warranty.”
How truly inconvenient.
And guess how he explains it away…. you guessed it:
Here’s the funny part: Suzuki says it’s OK for his gang to burn diesel because the tour is “carbon neutral.”
That’s right. They keep track of all the greenhouse gases they emit, put a dollar value on it and invest in a corresponding amount of “clean power” — like windmills — in developing countries.
They’re called “carbon credits.”
Here’s how it works: you can pollute all you want as long as you “offset” your dirty power by investing money in clean energy elsewhere.