Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The War on Gore is Still Going Strong...
In case you forgot, just because Al Gore won an Oscar for his film about global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth", does not mean that he is cool now. On the contrary, he's the biggest asshole who ever walked the face of the earth. Well, that's the view of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research as detailed in the following Yahoo News AP wire excerpt:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against global warming, is being called a hypocrite by a conservative group that claims his Nashville mansion uses too much electricity. But a spokeswoman for Gore said the former vice president invests in enough renewable energy to make up for the home's power consumption.
Gore's documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Oscar on Sunday for chronicling his campaign against global warming. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research put out a news release saying Gore was not doing enough to reduce his own consumption of electricity.
"We wanted to see if he was living by his own recommendations and walking the walk," said Drew Johnson, president of the think tank that pushes for conservative economic issues.
Okay. Fair enough. Gore HAS put himself out there, so let's see what is what.
Utility records show the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square foot home. The Gores used about 191,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, according to bills reviewed by The Associated Press spanning the period from Feb. 3, 2006, to Jan. 5. That is far more than the typical Nashville household, which uses about 15,600 kilowatt-hours per year.
Damn! That sure as hell is a lot of energy consumption! I hope Mr. Gore has an explanation.
A spokeswoman for Gore said he purchases enough "green power" — renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and methane gas — to balance 100 percent of his electricity costs. "Sometimes when people don't like the message, in this case that global warming is real, it's convenient to attack the messenger," Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said.
Gore participates in a utility program that sells blocks of "green power" for an extra $4 a month. Gore purchases 108 such blocks every month, covering 16,200 kilowatt-hours and helping subsidize renewable energy sources. Johnson said it's unclear whether global warming is caused by humans, and he said the threat outlined in Gore's documentary is exaggerated.
Okay, it seems as if Mr. Gore DOES have an explanation, and it appears to be a satisfactory one at that. Unfortunately, there is more...
The think tank said Gore used nearly 221,000 kilowatt hours last year and that his average monthly electric bill was $1,359. Johnson said his group got its figures from Nashville Electric Service. But electric company spokeswoman Laurie Parker said the utility never got a request from the policy center and never provided them with any information.
Hmmm. If the utility never got a request from the policy center, and thus never provided them any information, then that would make Drew Johnson a lying sack of dung, wouldn't it?
Parker said Gore has been purchasing the "green power" for $432 a month since November. Gore has said he leads a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." To balance out other carbon emissions, the Gores invest money in projects to reduce energy consumption around the globe, Kreider said. "For every ton of carbon they emit, he offsets that by doing investments in renewable energy sources," Kreider said.
Johnson said those efforts were unconvincing. "In general, I applaud his efforts to reduce energy consumption, but if he is going to be a spokesman for global warming, he has to be willing to make the same sacrifices," Johnson said. Johnson said Gore's home has gas lamps lining his driveway, a heated pool and an electric gate — all of which would be easy to do without.
The Lying Sack of Dung, I mean, Mr. Johnson is one of those people who would never be convinced by Gore's efforts, even those efforts descended to Gore living in a lean-to in the woods and cooking his food by lighting his own farts over it. I wonder of it is okay with Johnson if Gore lives indoors with luxuries like floors? The bottom line is that Johnson is an asshole with an agenda, and it appears part of that agenda is lying to make what passes for his point.
This kind of nonsense haunted Gore throughout campaign 2000, and it played a HUGE part in getting President Deep Denial "elected". It will be interesting to see how the "Liberal Media" behaves with this story. I'd bet that the major networks will run stories that parallel the title of this article: "Group: Gore a hypocrite over power bill". But I predict that they will conveniently forget to point out either Johnson's lies about his information, or the fact that Gore's energy consumption is nowhere near as dirty as Johnson's group claims it is, all the while pretending that Al Gore is a crazy bastard who wants to make us all live in caves. Christ, it's as if we were back in 1999...