AL GORE: ENERGY GUZZLER
June 20, 2008
In the year since Al Gore renovated his home to make it more energy-efficient, the former Vice President's home energy use surged more than 10 percent, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR).
The TCPR obtained this information through a public records request to the Nashville Electric Service. Other major findings:
- In the past year, Gore's home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.
- 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.
In February 2007, "An Inconvenient Truth," a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. The next day, the TCPR uncovered that Gore's Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity than the average American household.
After the TCPR exposed Gore's massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home's windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the "green" overhaul.
"Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption," says Drew Johnson, President of the TCPR. "Gore is exploiting the public's concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile."
Source: "Energy Guzzled by Al Gore's Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month," Tennessee Center for Policy Research, June 18, 2008.
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