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Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.
Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.
But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths.
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.
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.
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.
It's obvious you're not concerned about the environment.
IT is not whether mankind is polluting the earth. I doubt that many people would doubt that, so when some posters make comments indicating that man is trashing the environment(my paraphrase), I can agree, BUT that does not mean that I have to buy into man causing global warming, or even WHETHER there is global warming.
One of the best-kept secrets in the global warming debate is that the plant life of Planet Earth would benefit greatly from a higher level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.You read that correctly. Flowers, trees, and food crops love carbon dioxide, and the more they get of it, the more they love it. Carbon dioxide is the basic raw material that plants use in photosynthesis to convert solar energy into food, fiber, and other forms of biomass. Voluminous scientific evidence shows that if CO2 were to rise above its current ambient level of 360 parts per million, most plants would grow faster and larger because of more efficient photosynthesis and a reduction in water loss. There would also be many other benefits for plants, among them greater resistance to temperature extremes and other forms of stress, better growth at low light intensities, improved root/top ratios, less injury from air pollutants, and more nutrients in the soil as a result of more extensive nitrogen fixation.
Q How cynical do you think Gore is?
A It's hard for me to tell. I think he's either cynical or crazy. But he has certainly cashed in on something. And 'cash in' is the word. The movie has cleared $50-million. He charges $100,000-$150,000 a lecture. He's co-founder of Global Investment Management, which invests in solar and wind and so on. So he is literally shilling for his own companies. And he's on the on the board of Lehman Brothers who want to be the primary brokerage for emission permits.
Originally posted by Kinesis
Originally posted by Gorman91
cloud seeding seems a wee bit "meh"
A little meteor 65 million years ago pumped IMMENSE pollution into the air. Bacteria got to it, trees cleaned it, and everything returned to normal on its own in a few millennial. With human influence, it can be a decade and it's fixed.
That's a pretty dismissive opinion. Too many people make the same assumptions you do. 65 millions years ago, whatever meteors hit this planet wasn't cleaned up in a couple of decades, that's for sure. Trees don't spring up overnight with the threat of encroachment, and dead animals of extinct species don't suddenly spring to life, like some Walt Disney cartoon.
Originally posted by Gorman91
Also, I wouldn't exactly say "precious" little left of the environment. After all, we only occupy a tine part of the planet. Spread out everywhere yes, but our biggest land marks are farms mainly. Our Pollution, most of it, can be made into fuels and food for other life. Bioengineering bamboo genes into trees to make them grow fast for more wood, thus allowing natural forests to grow.
For instance, cattle-like dinosaurs roamed the Earth for 500 million years, pumping God only know how much Methane. Earth made it out fine though.
All I'm saying, I guess, Is don't doubt a 4.5 billion year old self-sustaining system.
Originally posted by traderonwallst
Global Warming does not exist. It never has and never will. What you see are the normal, I repeat, normal heating and cooling cycles that this beautiful planet has under gone for eons. We have been a whole helluva lot hotter and a whole helluva lot colder in times past. I don't believe we had SUV's back then or factories either.
Good night everyone!
Originally posted by hidatsa
how cars stand still with their engines running over far longer durations than those taken for the moving parts of their journeys, how aircraft are sapping the oxygen from the air as quickly as our depleting forestry can produce it, how nobody who will read this will read it all and of those who do, only one or two won't know all these things already and of those one or two, none will do anything about it or change their ways or stop denying that the world is changing and it's still just within our power to help it change in such a way that we are still alive when it's done.
That's what I think.
Originally posted by Gorman91
hehe, this kind of reminds me of a planet I'm creating a fake documentary on in a 3d editor(the one in my avatar).
A meteor hits the planet and poisons the world with lead poisoning and blasts its atmosphere away, opening up the planet to solar radiation.
To compensate, life went underground, and evolved an immunity to lead. The it evolved lead in its skin, creating solar radiation protection built in.
Originally posted by budski
reply to post by ProfEmeritus
According to this source gore has 3 homes, and travels regularly by private jet and that's before we even look at his record regarding depleted uranium
I've already covered his tobacco connections - cynically denouncing it whilst still raking in the cash from a tobacco farm.
Here's some info on Gore as a phony
If you ain't gonna walk the walk, get out of my face and off my TV and stop telling me what's right and wrong.