Monday, February 26, 2007

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Via Stuck on Stupid, some numbers slipped out concerning Al Gore's personal energy use:

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.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.
And that's just one residence; he's got at least three. And that's not counting his jetting around the country in private planes.

Hey, I don't begrudge his energy use. He's got the money; he can light big cigars with hundred dollar bills for all I care. What I do care about is him telling me I've got to burn less while he's out there fuming, and out-gassing, and dripping volatile hydrocarbons with every step he takes. Does Al not believe in man made global warming? Or does he believe in it, but think he's too good to make the sacrifices he's asking everyone else to make? Same question for Leo "let's put the party on a plane and fly it to Rome" Dicaprio.

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,' while you're out there splashing the hoi polloi with your big ass yacht Al?
-parts of that are from the bible


talnik said...

And if you checked the utility bills of every one who voted for him to get that Oscar, you'd find the same thing.
When they limit their domiciles to 1 per person, less than 1600 sf, and stop using private jets, limos, SUV's; advocate paving wetlands (to reduce methane) and stop blowing things up for movies, and give me a Scarlett Johannsen/Jessica Alba sandwich, then maybe I'll take them seriously. Maybe.