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Al Gore’s dirty secret, 2007-03-02

I recently received an email with a link to a post in the Drudge Report. The post was a letter from the non-partisan Tennessee Center for Policy Research alleging that Al Gore’s personal residence uses 20x the power of the average U.S. household and costs $30,000 a month.

Here’s the full post in case Drudge decides to pull this.

POWER: GORE MANSION USES 20X AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD; CONSUMPTION INCREASE AFTER ‘TRUTH’
Mon Feb 26 2007 17:16:14 ET

Nashville Electric Service/Gore House

2006

High 22619 kWh Aug – Sept
Low 12541 kWh Jan – Feb
Average: 18,414 kWh per month

2005

High 20532 Sept – October
Low 12955 Feb – March
Average: 16,200 kWh per month

Bill amounts

2006 – $895.60 (low) $1738.52 (high) $1359 (average)
2005 – $853.91 (low) $1461 (high)

Nashville Gas Company

Main House
2006 – $990(high) $170 (low) $536 (average)
2005 – $1080 (high) $200 (low) $640 (average)

Guest House/Pool House

2006 – $820 (high) $70 (low) $544 (average)
2005 – $1025 (high) $25 (low) $525 (average)

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization, 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.

For Further Information, Contact:
Nicole Williams, (615) 383-6431
editor@tennesseepolicy.org

Now I’m just a little skeptical about this information. So I’m going to do some research on this one.

Ok I’m done.

How does one go about getting the electrical usage of a private residence? Especially when

Johnson said his group got its figures from Nashville Electric Service. But company spokeswoman Laurie Parker told the Associated Press the utility never got a request from the policy centre and never gave it any information.

So how does one go about making your house more green. Well you install solar panels (currently being installed at the Gore mansion).

Since most people can’t choose which electic company serves them or how that company generates that electicity how else would you offset this. Oh I know

She said Gore subsidizes renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power and methane gas to balance 100 per cent of his electricity costs.

She said Gore participates in a utility program that lets people buy blocks of “green power” for $4 a month. Gore purchases 108 blocks a month, the equivalent of 16,200 kilowatt hours.

Like all things that get release from these “non-partisan” think tanks they only tell you half the story.

[Edit: Here’s a great link, More Truthiness – The Al Gore Edition, that says the same thing that I am but as always in a better way] 

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