Saturday, August 12, 2006

Gore & Dean: Do As We Say...Not As We Do

"An Inconvenient Truth" about Gore's lifestyle has been publicly released embarrassingly close to the release of his apocalyptic Global warning movie...

It seems that he is not living the Green lifestyle he not only preaches about, but made an entire movie and speech fodder about.

Gore's advice to Americans:

"...Gore tells consumers how to change their lives to curb their carbon-gobbling ways: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, use a clothesline, drive a hybrid, use renewable energy, dramatically cut back on consumption. Better still, responsible global citizens can follow Gore's example, because, as he readily points out in his speeches, he lives a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." (source)

Yet, Gore used a private jet while making the Global Warming film (I'm sure he uses one often), owns three mansions:

"...Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.

Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents. (*emphasis mine)

But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes.

...The DNC has not signed up to pay an additional two pennies a kilowatt hour to go green. (*emphasis mine)" (source)

Is this a case of the rich once again expecting the middle class to bear the burden of change --or maybe, not even Gore believes Gore's message about global warming....?

(H/T: G-Man)

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