Guess we can blame a big ol’ chunk of it on Al Gore himself

Quoting from an article published by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research:

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”

Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

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.

Well now, isn’t that interesting?  Here’s ol’ Al preaching from the “do your part to conserve energy by reducing your energy use at home” pulpit while he’s using more energy in a month than I use in a whole year.  Hey, can you say “hypocrite” Al?

And lest you think that maybe Al’s reformed since his so-called “documentary” came out, might I point out that in 2005, Al averaged 16,200 kWh per month.  In 2006, his monthly average was 18.400 kWh.  That’s per month there, Sparky.

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.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

Even if I had thirty grand to throw away on utility bills for my house every year, I wouldn’t be willing to do it. That’s more than my yearly mortgage payment AND my insanely obscene property taxes combined.

Sure is interesting how we’re supposed to be conserving.  Gotta wonder is that to prevent global warming, or just to insure ol’ Al doesn’t run out of resources anytime soon?

Tennessee Center for Policy Research |  Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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