Despite home upgrades, Gore still ‘hypocrite’ on energy usage, group says

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 1:15am
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research says former Vice President Al Gore is a 'hypocrite' when it comes to energy consumption. File

Despite renovations, a conservative think tank says former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore is still a “hypocrite” when it comes to the energy consumption at his Belle Meade home.

According to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, the electricity used in Gore’s home during the past year could power 232 U.S. homes for a month despite Gore’s efforts to make the house more energy efficient.

A Gore spokesperson disputes the report from “start to finish.”

TCPR says Nashville Electric Service records show that Gore’s home energy use increased more than 10 percent in the past year.

“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, the group’s president, in a statement. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”

On average, the group says Gore has consumed 17,768 kilowatt-hours per month since June 2007, which is 1,638 more than before the renovations. The electric bill totaled $16,533, TCPR claimed in a press release.

The average American household, according to the Energy Information Administration, uses 11,040 KWH a year.

Kalee Kreider, a Gore spokeswoman, said the Gore camp disputes the press release “from start to finish” and said the renovations on the home weren’t complete until November 2007 when it received its LEED certification for energy and environmental design.

“I don’t really know where their apples to apples are in the release,” Kreider said of the TCPR’s June 2007 start date while the renovations weren’t done until November.

Kreider said the Gores have cut their electricity and natural gas usage by about 40 percent since November, adding that the TCPR’s release takes only electricity into account.

The home now has 33 solar panels, a geo-thermal system for heating and cooling, new light bulbs and all new windows, Kreider said.

Gore is a Nobel prize recipient for his work on addressing climate change and his film addressing global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007.

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By: oyharward on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Al Gore v. The Myth Of Global Warming(The following remarks were authored by my son, Michael Y. Harward. He had presented me the authority to publish and/or reproduce this commentary.)Mr. Gore, I do not believe there is such a thing as man-made global warming. I do not think globe warming is provable, being that we only have data for a fraction of the time the earth has been in existence. Furthermore, I do not think anyone knows the optimal climate for any part of our globe. Maybe the earth is too cool and needs to correct itself.But the most compelling reason I do not believe in the man-made global warming crisis is that you must do not either. As far as I know, and according to media reports, you still live in a house that is far larger than necessary; you still jet around the country in private aircraft; and once at your destination, you move with a fleet of SUVs.Most of “the people” are making major lifestyle changes to accommodate the very real energy crises caused by this myth, some far worse than others. Some Americans are eating out less, not going to movies, or participating in other activities that keep the economy going. Still, other Americans in Dover, TN for example, are lining up at soup lines by the hundreds because they can not afford to drive to their jobs and/or buy adequate food for their families.Worse still, the farce of biofuels has taken a significant amount of soybeans and corn out of the food market. That has caused the price of corn to skyrocket. People in third world countries are actually starving because of the cost of buying and transporting staples like corn and rice has now become out of reach, literally.Mr. former Vice President, I don’t believe that you can honestly say you believe that we are in a climate crisis when you will not even fly commercial, while others in the world are, in fact, starving to death in the wake of your movement. The global warming zealots have made sure that we can not drill for our own oil; we have to use our crops to make fuels that are far less efficient than conventional sources; and we can not use one of the cleanest, most efficient forms of energy, nuclear power.Most of the elite leaders of this movement will say, “We by carbon offsets” (whatever that is). That seems to be a convenient excuse not making even a slight lifestyle change. Is there any such thing as “ego offset?” – Michael Y. Harward, Commentator Sincerely,Oscar Y. Harwardoharward@carolina.rr.com

By: dnewton on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I think we need to give Al Gore some more time on this. It could be that his engineering advice was off a little and maybe the contractors used a lot of extra energy in the installation of the windows and other things. A lot of people are getting bad advice about energy savings nowadays. There is no proof that the temperatures inside the house are the same as before the renovation. Maybe, after thinking that he was saving a lot of money, he decided to reward himself with a greater degree of comfort and moved the thermostat opposite the outside temperature. For myself, I take a great deal of comfort knowing that there is a firewall between his decision making plus the people he hired and my wallet. I don't know how long that is going to last however.

By: pswindle on 12/31/69 at 7:00

It is the non-learner that can make statements as qoted above. Gore is a great man of statue and truth. I have noticed the lesser man keeps harping on Gore. The time will come when you wished that you had listen to VP Gore. The biggest mistake was made when the Supreme Court put Bush in the White House. With a approval rate of 29%, should I say more.

By: pswindle on 12/31/69 at 7:00

It is the non-learner that can make statements as quoted above. Gore is a great man of statue and truth. I have noticed the lesser man keeps harping on Gore. The time will come when you wished that you had listen to VP Gore. The biggest mistake was made when the Supreme Court put Bush in the White House. With a approval rate of 29%, should I say more.

By: bfra on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Sounds like jealous howls from people that have nothing better to do with their time! Get over it Bush lovers, that never know when to say, I'm stupid.

By: morpheus120 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

So here we have Drew Johnson and his "Tennessee Center for Policy Research". He's a college kid with a cellphone and a computer. He knows how to use them both and writes... um... "press releases". He's funded by Republicans but has convinced the press that he is "a nonpartisan think tank". And people believe him.??????

By: ritethewrong on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Conservatives don't have any right to say a thing about Al Gore. He has worked to make the world last for future generations while neocon republican conservatives have done everything for corporate interests that disregard human consequences or concern. Just like I don't believe a thing Bush says I don't believe a thing neocon republicans say. They are liars.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I guess that Michael (and Oscar) doesn’t believe in evolution, the history of man, or the creation of the earth, or anything scientific, given that we only have a fraction of the information on any of those things as well!Are these people in Dover lining up for soup the same ones that always line up, or are they new to this world of poverty? Seems strange that with all the media coverage we have in this country, from something simple like a music festival, to something major like another bombing and loss of life in Iraq, that we would have heard about the return of Depression Era soup lines! Of course, I am not sure why you are blaming Al Gore for rising gas/oil prices. Al Gore has been out of “power” for eight years. It would seem that the blame lies squarely with George W Bush and his lack of any type of energy policy, his inability to stabilize and/or control the housing market, his inability to keep jobs and production in this country, his inability to end a war that is putting us into debt at a rate of 30 million dollars or more a day, and of course his inability to convince even a quarter of the people of this country that he has a clue on what he is doing.As to bio fuel, you again have the blame in the wrong place. The big agri-business were chomping at the bit, so to speak, to put corn and soy into the ethanol channel. And do you have any idea who helped achieve that? Yes, you are correct, it was G.W. Bush. But don’t worry too much about that, as those in the know are working fast and hard with true bio-fuels that don’t even use food crops!! If we can just keep the agri-giants, the oil companies, and G.W Bush out of the way, there will be great progress in that arena. That you think Nuclear is one of the cleanest most efficient forms of energy shows that you are talking out of your ass. Actually just about everything you said shows that you are talking out of your ass. Obviously your daddy is proud of you though, I wonder where you learned it from?

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

AlGore is the modern day PT Barnum.

By: WickedTribe on 12/31/69 at 7:00

This organization was proven not to have any information on him the first time, and NES vehemently denied ever giving Al Gore's information, or any other customer's, to any organization including this one.They're obviously just pulling numbers out of their ass again now. If anyone believes anything this organization, which didn't exist prior to the first accusation, says after the first debacle, I pity them.

By: frogmild on 12/31/69 at 7:00

And this surprises who??????Algore is a fool in the hole who has made a hundred million dollars off his sky is falling Barnumish whining. If only David Copperfield would make him disappear as a part of a public service performance.

By: oyharward on 12/31/69 at 7:00

For any doubters, let me make it clear. Yes, my son Michael and I both believe in Creation. You will usually find me in my Church something like twice weekly while you will usually find him in his Church at least twice weekly. And yes, we both attempt to read, learn, and practice Judeo-Christian values throughout our short lives.

By: Citizen on 12/31/69 at 7:00

It's obvious that the Kool Aid drinkers are alive and well in Tennessee. The only thing that Al Gore stands for is enriching himself. From going to Canada to avoid the draft to "inventing" the Internet, he represents all that is wrong with children of privilege who grow up in Washington, DC and think that's the real world, a world in which they say and do whatever it takes for them to get what they want!

By: BenDover on 12/31/69 at 7:00

He didn't avoid the draft... he served in Vietnam... a journalist I think but he served.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yes, he served in Vietnam as a journalist. Citizen, sip the Kool-Aid, don't gulp...

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I believe those numbers to be true, given the square footage of the home, the fact that they keep it "comfy" even when they aren't there, and the fact that he admitted heating his pool year round a few years ago. And yes, he flies a private jet, which is the biggest energy hog out there, and uses a "fleet" of SUVs when he travels.

By: Jokapsig on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Al Gore bores me to death. He is a P.T. Barnum as idgaf commented. All this stuff he has been espousing is nothing but fluff. But the ignorant masses get hood-winked, and, in turn, pay for higher pricing on everything.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Well oyharward, you had better start asking in a nicer way, ‘cause so far it ain’t working! And given that you don’t believe any other science, why should anybody give you or your son any credence? You have pulled crap out of the air, just like you accuse Gore of doing.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yeah, it's all Gore's fault. We should force him to keep his lights on all night.

By: BenDover on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Bush, however, does walk the walk...http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Saying that Al Gore is the reason for our current energy issues is about the funniest thing I have ever seen. Well that and these idiots are serious. It is going to be a long summer, but it will be so much fun come November!

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

He just can't talk the...well, he just can't talk...

By: BenDover on 12/31/69 at 7:00

He's not the reason for the crisis... thay are just pointing out the hypocricy of him jetting around the world in his superman cape telling everyone else how they should act when He believes He is above it all. Gore's got a messiah complex that competes with many of history's major megalomaniacs.Sadly the media cheers him on and feeds this neurosis like the over-complimentary parents of the ugly girl in a beauty contest.

By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Manbearpig

By: Citizen on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yes, he did serve as a journalist in Nam, but only after his mother called him in Canada and told him to get his sorry butt back if he ever expected to live off the public like his dad. And he can thank his dad's political connections for the journalism assignment.

By: Idahoser on 12/31/69 at 7:00

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA!!!! Algore is a snake-oil salesman and why the hell are we talking about Algore?

By: Chippster on 12/31/69 at 7:00

You can find historians who say the holocaust never happened, and doctors who say that cigarette smoking doesn't cause cancer if you look hard enough! Why can't the conservatives just listen to the scientists and climatologists? A majority of the scientists in the rest of the world firmly believe that catastrophic climate change is being caused by man-made pollution. Do you really think the Nobel judges would have awarded him their prize if they thought Gore had a hidden political agenda or made his movie to make himself famous? If Al Gore discovered a cure for cancer, the neo-cons would say "Well Cancer is not that bad." or "Why didn't he cure his uncle who died of cancer 10 years ago?" I challenge each of you who have put him down to also state what your political affiliation is! By the way, i voted for Reagan.

By: BenDover on 12/31/69 at 7:00

You know... our pollution control is a better explanation of the observed geometric spike in temperature in the last 1/4 of the 20th century upon which all of the Malthusian climate models are based. The fact that warming has plateaued over the past 5 years is a further confirmation because you would expect that we'd reach a point of diminishing returns in our reduction of aerosol pollutants. It also explains the China Paradox and matches the observed data for the Weekend Effect. I moved to Nashville 18 years ago and still remember this ugly haze all over the mid-state during the summer but now it's crisp blue with white puffy clouds like when I grew up in rural GA. Could it be that our gains in pollution control explain why it's a bit warmer in the cities?If global warming is real then I say it's Nixon's fault for establishing the EPA.

By: JDG on 12/31/69 at 7:00

From my point of view, I think Al has established a cause which allows him to stay in the public eye, and for someone of his temprement, that is fairly important. I think he passionately believes in his cause, and the fact that he turns a nice chunk of change out of it does not hurt his passion. That said, I believe he is so zealously commited to spreading the word, that he sometimes overstates the positions of those who agree with him, and disregards those who have the opposite opinions. There is far from a concensus on the actual effects of changes in the climate. Certainly man can contribute, but the question is, by what factor? Besides those who contend that man is the primary cause of all variations in the climate, there is an equally impressive number of those who aver that mankinds contribution is much smaller, or in some instances, negligible.

By: BenDover on 12/31/69 at 7:00

31,072 reasons to question conventional wisdom of the climate science industry.http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=23387

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The only reason you need to worry about is that it's what your party tells you, Ben.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Who gives a flying fat-rat's vagina how much power he uses? Lets face it, these people are not going to be happy until Gore has his electricity completely turned off and he and his family are sitting in the dark. Get a life.

By: nnoseworthy on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Wicked: Yes, an NES spokesperson originally denied ever giving out the info, but later admitted that an un-named customer service rep gave that info out (Tennessean).I don't hate Gore, I just think he's wrong. The BBC reported in April that the Earth is cooler this year than last [a clear sign of global warming, eh?].Chippster: I don't believe there is consensus one way or the other: Worldnetdaily.com reports that 31000 scientists endorse any global warming theory.His Nobel win is probably more for the concept of a cleaner earth, not the science.The good news is that as Iowa has lost millions of acres of corn and soybeans, the source for bio-fuels is being eliminated. Sure, world food prices will continue to rise (expect up to a 5% increase in US food prices this year), but maybe folks will realize that using food for fuel isn't brilliant.I'm for a cleaner earth and not using foreign fuel sources, but lets be reasonable about how we get there.

By: nnoseworthy on 12/31/69 at 7:00

NY1: He can use as much electricity as he thinks is responsible. I'd just like to forward my power bill to him, I'm sure he wouldn't notice the relatively small $ bump.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

"The good news is that as Iowa has lost millions of acres of corn and soybeans, the source for bio-fuels is being eliminated."I have family in Iowa that has been affected and know people that have been displaced, so to say there is good news out of this is pure stupidity.

By: nnoseworthy on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yeah, I have family there, too. Iowans must have really pissed God off.But you missed the point.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

No, I didn't. To say that it's good news that Iowans suffer so bio-fuels can be eliminated is...stupid.

By: nnoseworthy on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yes, you did miss the point. IF there is any good coming from devastating flooding in Iowa is THAT ridiculous corn-based bio-fuels have a reduced chance of sustainability.I am not saying that flooding in Iowa is a good thing, Mr. "We should force him to keep his lights on all night." Coming to that conclusion, and in fact only reading one line is pretty stupid, stupid.