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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Al Gore's Energy Use

From the Tennessee Center for Policy Research comes this interesting information about Al Gore's energy use:
[Al] 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).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

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.
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research has more details on its website, including the pattern of Gore's energy use since his documentary was released, and the size of Gore's natural gas bills in 2006. You can read it all here.

Hat tip: David Hogberg

Addendum: Brooke Oberwetter, writing on OpenMarket, had another amusing observation about the carbon emissions message at the Academy Awards.

Addendum II, 2/28/07: Daily Kos has an article alleging that this post is illegal. In case anyone is wondering, the blogger, "Enternal Hope," is completely wrong on the legal point, but his/her post nonetheless managed to gather over 100 comments. He/she also posted a poll on the question, which was running against me, 2-1.

Addendum III, 3/1/07: Wulf at Atlas Blogged is having a little fun with the notion that this post is illegal. He also has the single best line about carbon offsets I've ever read:
The logic [behind carbon offsets] is no different from saying that it’s okay to drive one’s Hummer through wetlands and over tortoise eggs, if one is wealthy enough to purchase extinction offsets.
Exactly. And a P.S. to Wulf: I didn't bother to vote for me, either.

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