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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Gore-y Truth

Nothing like the taste of old-fashioned hypocrisy to make your blood boil, is there? A couple of days after Al Gore won an Oscar for his documentary 'An Inconsiderate Truth', it turns out he isn't exactly living by his own standards.

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization, issued a press release late Monday. Here it is in full:

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] 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 to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

It feels a bit like me ranting about everyone should be vegetarian, then nipping home for a sweet and sour kitten. I know he's raising awareness, although I suspect that is mainly back-slapping, as if by merely seeing the film immediately makes you more environmentally-friendly. I just wish he'd done something about it when he WAS in a position of power as Vice President, when he could have legally changed American environmental policy. Rather than drowning us all in a pool of his own crocodile tears.


Little Zoe said...

"Rather than drowning us all in a pool of his own crocodile tears."

Which he will no doubt propose to have filtered and pumped into our taps as a way of conserving water.

kyklops said...

Hi Chez,
I smelled a rat while reading that article and a little checking confirmed it. The group behind the "research" in the article, The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, is a right wing think tank which itself actually denies that global warming poses a threat to the earth. There's more info here and elsewhere if you want to check it out.

Shit Sandwich said...

Good spot, Kyk - the Tennessee Institute for the Reinstatement of Slavery probably isn't the best source on this. Mind you, the Beeb are reporting it, so the story almost certainly has legs...