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Al Gore's Use of Electricity

Original post made by Silver Bullet, Midtown, on Feb 26, 2007

I just read this story - curious to see if old Al will have a response. Its funny how the "Warmies" accuse every scientist who casts any skepticism on the alarmism as just a front for industry, but I haven't heard anyone accuse Gore of being just a front for the dems.

Mon Feb 26 2007 17:16:14 ET

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions, issued a press release late Monday:

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.

Comments (9)

Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 26, 2007 at 10:00 pm

Not that I am going to defend Al, but the "Tennessee Center for Policy Research" is about as nonpartisan as is. ;^)

Posted by joyce
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 27, 2007 at 6:48 am

Both the Gores have offices and staff using the house.

ABC calls the Tennessee Center for Policy Research "an obscure conservative think tank founded by Johnson in 2004 when he was 24." Hardly "independent" and "nonpartisan." Who calls the Tennessee Center for Policy Research independent and nonpartisan? Why, it does, in its press release:-)

This is more neocon stuff, trying to attack the messenger when they can't win on policy.

Posted by GoreBore
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2007 at 8:23 am

I still think the press release is illuminating. Gore has responded, and we can all move on in life. Al Gore can use as much electricity as he wants, as far as I'm concerned, but I don't think this rediculous to point the spotlight on his consumption and at least see if he does indeed "walk the walk."

By branding the Tennessee center "neocons" which I assume you mean in the pejorative sense, aren't you in fact attacking the messengers? Its ok if you want to do that, I just thought I'd point that out. People are are always attacking the messengers - I mean, how often is Bush called an "idiot" "retard" and "war criminal" by people who disagree with the policies?

Posted by reader
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2007 at 8:39 am

Not only that, here is G. Bush being called out as a hypocrite BECAUSE he built an eco-friendly house:

Posted by Dave
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2007 at 8:40 am

GoreBore is quite right. (Even though he may be a neocon, that doesn't automatically make him wrong. There are a lot of unthinking ideological robots on both sides.)

Al Gore may be right on Climate Change and right about the fact that it is the biggest moral and existential crisis facing humankind. (If it makes a difference, I think he is absolutely correct.) But Al Gore is also a big fat hypocrite. He's asking every day Americans to make sacrifices that he isn't willing to make himself. He uses more energy in his mansion, on his Globe encircling jetting, and his various limos in a year than the average American (not to mention the average African) uses in a lifetime. And he has the gall to lecture us on reducing energy usage.

The same might be said of DiCaprio and all of the other celebrity know-nothings. The live in large air-conditioned mansions and jet back and forth to Europe on private jets...and then strike a big moral pose because they dive a Prius.

The climate change movement needs better spokespersons lest it turn into a sad joke.

Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 27, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Well being skeptical of a group that has an obvious political agenda just makes sense. I wanted some real news organizations to pick it up because I figured they would do what the Tennessee Center for Policy Research did not. Ask Al for a response. I must admit Al's response was pretty disapointing and lame.

Posted by Curious Observer
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 27, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Earlier I had questioned the amount of travel that Gore does to spread his message about about global warming (see February 3 posting in Issues Beyond Palo Alto). Throwing money at the problem doesn't sit well with me. Lead by example Mr Gore...start showing us the types of sacrifices we need to make to save our planet.

Posted by Fact Check
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 28, 2007 at 3:21 pm

I agree with Curious Observer and I don't favor Gore's approach..."Do as I say, not as I do".

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2007 at 7:44 pm

Bill Gates has a large house. Borrowing from the inventor of the internet, Occupants carry devices that turn on lights and heat when they enter a room, then turn them off when they leave.

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