‘Gore isn’t quite as green as he’s led the world to believe’

By August 10, 2006Global Warming

Here’s a classic, “Do as I say, not as I do” scenario from erstwhile Presidential candidate cum filmmaker Al Gore, courtesy of USA Today. They ran this piece a day or tow ago under the above title. Herewith an excerpt:

“For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little…

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.”

Here’s a link to the full story.

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Butch Moss says:

    I would be careful of what to believe from any conservative smear campaigner. Conservatives of late really only have two weapons in their bag of tricks of silencing the opposition, violence and ad-homonyms ? it was not always so. But I can see why Gore did not get elected (even though he was) as many Americans would rather have a stupid ass who relates to them rather than a smart ?elitist? to lead them, and it seems this article is taking advantage of that prejudice. But enough of the generalities, time to get to specifics which is something the conservatives rarely do.

    [quote] 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.[/quote]

    Indeed does this mean that he cannot still be carbon neutral? Is it inherent that the carbon produced by big estates cannot be offset by other means? Or is this just another ad- homonym putting him across as a rich person to appeal to the ?common? person?

    [quote] 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.[/quote]

    This one is a down and outright lie. See link below.

    [quote] Gore is not alone. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has said, “Global warming is happening, and it threatens our very existence.” The DNC website applauds the fact that Gore has “tried to move people to act.” Yet, astoundingly, Gore’s persuasive powers have failed to convince his own party: The DNC has not signed up to pay an additional two pennies a kilowatt hour to go green. For that matter, neither has the Republican National Committee. [/quote]

    So this proves Al Gore is a hypocrite? Or just not as successful as he would like to be? Or what? This is a pure non-sequitur.

    [quote] Gore has held these apocalyptic views about the environment for some time. So why, then, didn’t Gore dump his family’s large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum? As executor of his family’s trust, over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oxy stock. Oxy has been mired in controversy over oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas.[/quote]

    Another down and outright lie. See link below.

    [quote] Humanity might be “sitting on a ticking time bomb,” but Gore’s home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River.[/quote]

    Another lie, but even if it weren?t, does zinc contribute to global warming? Non-sequitur.

    [quote] The issue here is not simply Gore’s hypocrisy; it’s a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn’t he made any radical change in his life? Giving up the zinc mine or one of his homes is not asking much, given that he wants the rest of us to radically change our lives.[/quote]

    No, the issue is global warming is real and making people aware of facts as opposed to junk science perpetuated by hate radio personalizes like Rush Limbaugh and oil companies who will lose money if the world moves away from their drug is a worthwhile activity. Gore has done more than lectures and has made tremendous headway during his lifetime of which just one of his successes would be the Energy Star initiative among others. But no one can do it alone (despite what Bush says), which is why the lectures are so important.

    I would propose that Al Gore?s solution to fight Global Warming is also the best method of fighting the war on terror, which is simply put?Energy Independence. Not to mention we would not be in Iraq if the Supreme Court had not voted for Bush.

    See: http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2006/8/17/133652/848

    [quote] Nobody is perfect on climate issues. Why? Because our political and cultural system makes it extraordinarily difficult.[/quote]

    Indeed, just recently Salt Lake County just passed an ordinance to make it harder for the individual to make bio-diesel. See: http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kuer/local-kuer-526232.mp3

    It?s not easy being Green.

    http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kuer/local-kuer-526232.mp3

  • Pat Cleary says:

    Playjurist:

    You’ve clearly not been reading the blog. Tin foil just doesn’t cut it any more: http://blog.nam.org/archives/2005/11/friday_follies_34.php.

    Thanks for writing,

    Pat Cleary

  • Miles says:

    Schweizer assumes that any Washington, DC area resident can switch to wind power, but that’s simply not true. Like Gore, I live in Arlington, VA. My power company, Dominion Virginia, offers no renewable energy options to its Virginia customers. If Gore’s Arlington power company is Dominion, then it’s impossible for him to switch to renewable energy.

  • Jim says:

    Maybe Gore might not be as green as he proclaims but I’d rather stand on fact. Carter installed solar on the roof of the White House. That saves you and me tax dollars. Reagan removed those panels within his first year of office. Clinton reinstalled those panels, reducing our tax bill.

    I challenge Bush to improve the fuel economy of his limo!

    Com’on American quit throwing barbs, lets pull together, extend our reserves, improve our air and put those middle east countries out of the oil business. I propose a tax on gas guzzling SUV’s that get less than 20 mpg, use that money to support our auto industry who’s butt is being handed to it on a Hybrid plate.

    If the American Auto Industry is unable to improve it’s fleet average economy give the money to the Japanese – oil is national security!!

  • play_jurist says:

    Don’t believe Gore then. Believe ever major professional society in related sciences and all the world’s leading national scientific academies. See statements linked here. Of course, maybe it’s all just a big conspiracy like the paranoid Republican leaders on the issue, such as Sen Inhofe (R, Oklahoma) and Rep Pombo (R, California). With NASA in on it and their control of sattelites and such, maybe they are beaming messages into peoples minds to make them think that greenhouse gasses are involved in the greenhouse effect. You had best put something over your head to block their signal. Tinfoil perhaps?