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AL GORE'S OWN "INCONVENIENT TRUTH"

February 27, 2007

Al Gore's global-warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," recently collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but in reality, Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy, says the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

Consider:

  • 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.
  • 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.

As a result of his energy consumption, Gore's average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.  But the extravagance doesn't stop there; Gore's natural gas bills averaged $1,080 per month last year. In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

"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.

Source: Editorial, "Al Gore's Personal Energy Use Is His Own 'Inconvenient Truth'" Tennessee Center for Policy Research, February 26, 2007.

 

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