Robert Gehl reports that just as Al Gore is preparing to make his big, fat comeback with the sequel that nobody wanted, we came across some interesting information about the world’s biggest environmental hypocrite.
The producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” is releasing “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” which is being released this week across the country. So the increasingly overweight Gore is doing the circuit with interviews and speeches. It’s so exciting, we can hardly contain ourselves.
Of course, behind that “do-gooder” environmental façade hides an obese hypocrite. His home – his personal estate, really – uses enough electricity in one year to power the average American home for more than two decades, according to a new report.
The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) reports that Gore’s Nashville residence consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. This includes his pool, home, driveway entrance gate, and all sorts of other fancy duds. The average family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year.
Even more shocking, just last September, Gore gobbled up almost 31,000 kWh of electricity – enough to power 34 average American homes for one month. Just to heat his outdoor swimming pool, Gore uses enough electricity to serve six typical American homes.
Drew Johnson, who is part of NCPPR, called Gore to the carpet back in 2007, the day after he won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“I revealed Gore’s hypocritically high electric bills,” he wrote. “In some months, I discovered, his residence gobbled up to 20 times more electricity than the average American household.”
When Gore’s inconvenient truth became public knowledge, he promised to change his ways and gave his property a green makeover. Gore added 33 solar panels at a princely price tag of approximately $60,000. He also upgraded the home’s windows and ductwork, replaced the insulation, put in a driveway rainwater collection system, and installed a geothermal heating system.
The Nobel laureate also heroically went to the trouble of replacing his incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones.
In total, the renovation are estimated to cost well over $250,000.
But the home’s green facelift wasn’t enough to offset Gore’s colossal energy consumption.
Despite spending more than a quarter-million dollars on making his home more environmentally friendly, his energy consumption is higher than ever.
Those 33 solar panels generate about 12,000 kWh of electricity a year – way more than enough energy to power a typical American household. Gore is such an enormous energy hog, however, that his gigantic rooftop solar array produces just 5.7 percent of the electricity he uses in his home, or enough to power his home for a measly 21 days a year.
Gore owns two other homes, too, a penthouse in San Francisco and a farmhouse in Carthage, Tennessee. He’s livin’ large and sucking off America’s electricity grid at levels that would make a blow-dryer factory blush.
What a hypocrite.
H/T: The Daily Caller