Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Al Gore

Al Gore, environmentalist.

Or maybe not:

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, 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 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.

But don’t you see, energy conservation is for the little people.

H/T: Drudge

  • David

    guess you have never herd of carbon offsets.

  • http://mcmachete.blogspot.com machete

    FYI-

    1) Gore’s family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100 percent green power through Green Power Switch, installing solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology.

    2) Gore has had a consistent position of purchasing carbon offsets to offset the family’s carbon footprint.

  • julian

    sorry, before everyone runs around half-cocked, gore pays for energy from renewable sources, so essentially carbon NEUTRAL. you can use a bit more that way ;)

    http://www.dicksonherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070226/NEWS01/70226055

    “Electric bills obtained by The Tennessean, however, showed that Gore is paying a premium on his bills to be part of the “green power” program. Gore purchased 108 blocks of “green power” for at least each of the last three months, according to a summary of bills from Nashville Electric Service.

    That’s a total of $432 a month spent to pay extra for solar or other renewable energy sources. NES power – outside this program – is derived largely from coal, which emits carbon, a green house gas.

    The green power purchased by Gore in those three months is equivalent to recycling 2.48 million aluminum cans, or recycling 286,092 pounds of newspaper, according to comparison figures on the utility’s Web site.”

  • Don Sadler

    Al Gore is rich enough to pay for solar panels and apy for green power. How about doing something as an example for the guy who goes to work and deals with a boss and will have to decide between tickets to the ballgame with his kids and putting $30 lightbulbs in his house.

  • http://www.thevirtualcongress.com thevirtualcongress.com

    Don you are absolutely correct. The greens use this carbon offset mumbo jumbo to allow the liberal elite to maximize the use of their resources and get applauded for it. The hypocrisy here is incredible and the liberal neophytes accept it without a whimper. I think we need to once again teach critical thinking skills to our future greeners so they will ask “why” to both sides not just to the people who are already asking why. If you haven’t asked why we were worried about the coming ice age just 30 years ago and now its global warming then you are lacking the basic instincts of a thinking human. Please, less talk and more thought!

  • David

    so what if only the elite can do what gore does. He at least practices what he preaches.

    Plus he will talk to anyone who will listen about global warming. So why cant he spend a few thousand on green energy.

  • Don Kuehn

    About Algore’s carbon offsets; seems that the company that he buys them from is owned by one Albert Gore. Even better is that he is the only one who can buy them from his own company. The hyprocracy of environmental “diety” like Algore is truely stunning.

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/2006/11/22/comrades-i-hereby-declare-the-revolution/ Adam Selene

    It seems to me that if you really believe that green house gases produced by men are the cause of all that’s wrong with the world, you would reduce your production of them, whether direct or indirect. Instead, Al Gore produces as much as always, pays something that looks good (carbon offsets), but does nothing to actually reduce the thing he says is evil. Then he sets it up in such a way that he profits from it.

    Now, it may be that greenhouse gases are awful, evil things. But, when someone like Al Gore is not only not reducing his carbon output, but he’s profiting from it ……… I start wondering where the scam is. If a corporate entity was doing this, Al Gore’s supporters would be up in arms. When it’s their prophet, not so much.

  • Derek Holdember

    The hypocrisy of this guy knows no bounds. Ugh.