Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hypocrite extraordinaire

We commented last year on how the Tennessee Center for Policy Research had caught Al Gore red-handed using electricity like a fire hose at the Tennessee home that he and his family rarely use, since he's so busy traveling the world being a darling of the environmentalists and the self-appointed finger-wagging energy nanny to the rest of us.

After the story broke, ol' Al rushed to install energy-saving devices such as solar panels, new windows, a geothermal system and other goodies, in order to avoid being labeled a hypocrite, which he most assuredly is.

Well, the same organization has decided to check back in on Gore, to see how much energy he's saved from his home redesign. The result?

His energy usage actually rose 10% from its previous unbelievable level.

"Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration."

You can't make this up. You really can't. A person who piggishly spends over $16,000 a month on electricity for one home actually has the nerve to tell the rest of us that we need to dial back our energy consumption?

Maybe he means that only the peasants have to tighten their energy belts, while the beautiful people such as himself and his family continue to live in the grand style to which they've become accustomed, after raking in millions from Ponzi schemes such as his carbon offset company, which peddles modern-day indulgences to the wealthy.

Go away, Al. You're getting tiresome.

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