… be intimidating, make a few threats, call a few names, and otherwise display diversity and open-mindedness …

You’ll recall a recent post I made about Al Gore’s personal energy use and how he spends more per year on his utilities alone than I spend annually on my mortgage and my obscene property taxes combined.

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.

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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.

This rather inconvenient exposé of Al’s hypocrisy was documented by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, who has fielded a few comments since their original press release about the analysis of Gore’s energy usage.

Have the commenters politely expressed how misguided, misinformed or mistaken the Center was in their information? Have they produced documentation proving the Center’s statements to be inaccurate? Have they expressed their support of the Center’s right to freedom of speech (and from censorship) despite their disagreement with the Center’s facts?

Oh, hell no.

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“I was accused several times of being a ‘stupid, redneck bitch,'” recalls Nicole Williams, who fielded numerous calls. “I repeatedly was called a ‘whore’ and asked ‘Whose whore are you?’ for three days straight, almost as if those were talking points … I was shocked by these sexist insults — basically attacking my gender.” The calls continued beyond Williams’ Nashville office.

“I had to change my home number and get an unlisted number,” Williams says.

“I got about 10 death threats by phone. I got the ‘I’m gonna get you’-type threats more than 100 times … I worried I would get shot walking to my car.”

Williams discovered her obsolete address posted online. “If they could find my old home address, it would not be so hard to find a current one.”

Gore’s defenders also spewed venomous e-mails. They sent the research center nearly 3,000 Gore-related messages that exhibited the very bigotry the Left routinely denounces. Warning: These offensive, often-vulgar, and occasionally unschooled comments reveal the vitriol behind much of today’s “progressive” rhetoric.

Many e-mails displayed Dixiephobia — an intense disdain for the South and Southerners.

“Why don’t you all go back to shooting one another across the hollows instead of trying to make people think anyone in Tennessee has an ounce of intelligence?” Roger Miller insisted. “Get your snaggle tooth grins capped and learn to read and write.”

“W.T.F. difference would it make if he was (sic) using 1000 times more energy than the average household if it came from clean energy?” Thomas Grinnell wondered. “Don’t think about that too much. It will give your southern mullet a headache.”

“You really should concentrate on what Southerners do best,” D. Hunter advised. “Sodomizing and impregnating little children!”

Christopher LaBarge declared: “I hope you all die slowly and have your hearts and brains trampled to pieces you small-minded, ignorant, backwoods ideologues.”

“We should have flattened the South when we had the chance!” wrote Mount Laurel, New Jersey’s Robert Dodelin. “If ever you confederates (sic) want to leave the Union please do. We Nothen (sic) states would love to stop having to subsidize you with our tax dollars.”

This anti-Southernism mystifies TCPR President Drew Johnson.

“Some people must believe the Mason-Dixon Line runs between our office and Gore’s mansion,” Johnson says. “No one would call Gore a redneck, but when we uncovered his hypocritical energy use, it somehow made me a sister-dating hillbilly. That’s quite amusing, since Gore and I live in Nashville, less than five miles apart.”

Some e-mails, like Benjamin Greuel’s, reflected anti-religious bias: “Go f_k yourselves you neo con, non-secular, bible thumpin, anti-science dumb f_-k pricks.”

Similarly, Anthony Black wrote: “You bunch of stupid hick red-necks. I am sure you are quite religious, yet you have no problem destroying His creation with pollution; and, rather than addressing that, you cast dispersions (sic) on Al Gore’s home energy use.

“How about you have a do (sic) humanity a favor and have a stroke,” Russ Smith recommended. “You silly metrosexual twit, need some more hi-lites in your hair?”

Another gay-hater wrote: “You guys are the faggiest fags I’ve ever come across. How do you get any work done, what with all the c_k sucking and such?”

When you can’t argue the facts, get nasty and make threats, I guess. Leftist tolerance in action, baby.

~~~~~ In other news, on Friday Dr. William Gray, a top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore “a gross alarmist” and said “He’s one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he’s doing a great disservice and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Hope you’re ready for the phone calls and emails, Dr. Gray.

Leftist hate: Gore fans abuse, threaten Gore foes | Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming | Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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