Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, February 26, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

The day after winning an Oscar for his environmental Chicken Little story, the truth about Al Gore's own lifestyle comes out.

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.

And, that's for only one of Al Gore's three mansions.


Tom Forbes said...

Mike, that reminds me of the story last month about John "Breck Boy" Edwards.

Seems Mr. "Two Americas" recently purchased a 102 acre, $6 million estate in North Carolina. Guess we know which America Edwards belongs to.

Tom Forbes said...

Speaking of Breck Boy, this video is not be missed!

Paul E. Zimmerman said...

Typical... Gore has his, now he wants to prevent the rest of us from getting ours. Sound like anyone we know around here?

andrew k said...

Wow. I wish I'd seen this article before my class tonight. My prof was annoying me with his lauding of Gore's movie. This information would have been nice to know...