Scott on February 27, 2007 at 8:03 pm
It is no secret that I have HUGE problems with Al Gore and his at-the-very-least-semi-bogus mocumentary “An Inconvenient Truth. You can read about my take on the whole Global Warming thing here, along with the spirited round of exchanges I had with our on-again-off-again gadfly, Roger the “happy heretic.”
Though I might disagree with what Gore claims to be the “truth,” he at least had some of my respect for wanting to take a stand in relation to the environment. Well, I should actually say that he had some of my respect right up until the news broke yesterday that his message of environmental concern is of great URGENCY for the masses to listen to and act on, but it isn’t important enough for him to personally act on.
According to The Guardian Unlimited, the Tennessee Centre for Policy Research announced yesterday that Al Gore and his small family consumed 220,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, more than 20 times the national average. Along with the Gore families hunger for power consumption, the Guardian points out:
His household consumption of energy rose between 2005 and 2006, the bills showed, from 16,200 kWh a month to 18,400 kWh last year. In addition, he spent on average $1,080 (£550) a month on natural gas. Combined, his electricity and gas bills reached almost $30,000.
I do acknowledge that his high power consumption is to be expected. Afterall, he lives in a 20 room/8 bathroom estate outside of Nashville. You can’t heat and light that kind of real estate for cheap.
But at the same time, this whole situation smacks of hypocracy of the worst kind – an elitist mentality that deems to dictate to the masses their behavior while holding to the attitude that those at the top deserve special dispensation to violate their own cherished beliefs and guidelines.
If Mr. Gore is so concerned about the environment, does he REALLY need 20 rooms for his family? Forget about the electricity and gas consumption for a moment. What about the negative impact that a home like his can have on the local environment including the local watersheds? What about the amount of water that is consumed by 8 bathrooms (toilets, sinks, bathtubs, etc), a presumably large kitchen (probable double dish washers, probable double referigerators, etc), 6-8 bedrooms (towels, linens, etc), extensive groundskeeping that needs to be watered regularly, etc, etc, etc?
And this doesn’t even touch on the amount of environmental carnage that was encountered during the construction of his mansion including the thousands of gallons of water required to process the tile, the tens of thousands of gallons of water used to create carpeting and area rugs, etc?
Seeing as though he is a politician, his hypocracy shouldn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that apparently none of his “people” advised him that the best way to lead on an issue is by example.
If he wants to know how that is done, he should check into actor Ed Begley, Jr.
This guy actually lives out his convictions.
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