Al Gore - Super Hypocrite
Anyhow on to the real "Inconvinient Truth" that you may have heard about by now, Al Gore is secretly the inspiration used by the Alliance to Save Energy & the Ad Council as the model for their new promo Energy Hog. Up until now I never noticed the resemblence that much. But now that I take a closer look I can see it. (Note: I agree with the idea of saving energy by using more efficent lights etc where possible. The reason, it saves me money & is simply good Christian stewardship of our resources. It has nothing to do with any of the wacko, moonbat enviro-nut Gaia, Earth worship BS. It just strikes me as common sense to use our resources wisely. I'm still not convinced that global warming is caused by us. More on that also in another post.) However, it seems that the Left Coast Hollywood liberals are worshipping at the feet of Al Gore because he is saying what they are saying about saving the environment & doing what they are doing to do so (just the opposite of what they say). There are a few people out there who are sincere, like Ed Begley Jr. But for the most part they say 1 thing to everyone else & make all kinds of excuses to jsutify doing the opposite.
Unlike the Energy Hog program, which offers a lot of free & low cost suggestions to make your life energy efficent without major sacrifice, Al Gore & his ilk are calling on all of us to make major sacrifices & change our lifestyles. Too bad Al Gore isn't willing to do the same. It turns out that the former Veep is 1 of Nashville Electric Service (NES)'s biggest customers. & his natural gas consumption is doing its part to keep the economy booming also.
According to a report by The Tennessee Center for Policy Research Al Gore's mansion (1 of his many energy inefficent resdences he owns) located in the Belle Meade area of Nashville uses more electricity in a month than the average home does in a year. According to the US Dept of Energy the average US household uses 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. According to NES Gore's domicile used 221,000 kWh in 2006. Last August alone he used 22,619 kWh. His monthly bill comes to an average of $1,359. According to the report things haven't improved over the years either: "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." Add to that an average natural gas bill of $1,080 per month last year & you come to a total of nearly $30,000 in utility bills alone for the year. & that doesn't include what he spends for gas & the fuel used by the private jets he uses. (See Does Al Gore Need to Go on an Energy Diet? & Al Gore visits Berkeley, charges up Prop. 87 rally for more on that side of his hypocricy.)
So, how does Mr. Energy Hog justify being the leader in saving the planet while doing the very things he decries for the rest of us.? Simple, he buys up carbon offsets. What are they? Well as the Transnational Institute puts it; "Carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins." Sounds good doesn't it? But the TNI report on offsets goes on to say: "Scratch the surface, however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South often have little choice as offset projects are inflicted on them." Oops, not so good. & lest you think this group is a right wing anti-environmental group they describe themselves as "an international network of activist-scholars committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow, with a view to providing intellectual support to those movements concerned to steer the world in a democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable direction."
Of course this doesn't come cheap for someone who uses as much as Gore does.
Again, some of the projects are good, like planting more trees (American Forrests for example says they will plant trees at $1 each.). That is if the groups are real & actually follow through. & I am sure that most of them are. But, do it because you want to be a good steward, not to absolve your guilt for not recycling etc. (As an aside, I try to recycle, again because it is the right thing to do. & I do the best I can under my circumstances & don't lose sleep about where I can't do better.) & I salute those groups that are doing the things like planting trees. They have found a way to do something environmentally right & do it in the capitalist way that is what makes America great.
They have even created their own bumper stickers that capture the absurdity of Gore's credits.
I think that says it all.