Gore, the Energy Hog, Leaves Hypocritical Carbon Footprint
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus
Former Vice President Al Gore wants to be known as America’s chief guardian of the environment. He’s the “Numero Uno” propagandist concerned about climate change and everyone’s costly energy use. Everyone that is, except his own.
Senior Fellow Drew Johnson of the National Center for Public Policy Research did some digging and found out that Gore is one of our nation’s heaviest users of energy. His home, a palatial 20-room mansion in the upscale Belle Meade section of Nashville, Tennessee, gobbles up energy as if it were free of the consequences he regularly cites for others.
How overboard is the use of energy at the Gore residence? Johnson reports that during the past year, the monthly energy usage at Gore’s home averaged 19,241 kilowatt hours (kWh). According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the energy per month consumed by America’s average household is a meager 901 kWh. Gore, therefore, uses more than 20 times the nation’s norm! His energy bill per year turns out to be what a normal America residence consumes in a period lasting 21 years.
Does Mr. Gore run up such a large figure because he fills his 20 rooms with the tired, hungry, and poor yearning to be out of the elements and into cozy surroundings? Not on your life. Gore’s routine has him living alone (except for possible servants) without even the former Mrs. Gore from whom he separated in 2010. Their four offspring all reside elsewhere.
During the single month of September 2016, Gore’s home ate up 30,993 kWh. That’s as much energy as is burned up by the average American family in 34 months! Over the past year, the energy used to heat Gore’s swimming pool could have been employed to power half a dozen average U.S. households for a full year. To conclude that this man’s energy use is a bit heavy is no exaggeration.
Having previously been targeted by watchers of energy use as far back as 2007, Gore has taken some face-saving steps including installation of 33 solar panels. They produce a meager 1,092 kWh per month, an amount less than six percent of his energy use. In addition to the solar panels, he purchased energy efficient windows, new insulation, a geothermal heating system, and a new driveway where rainwater gets collected and is used to sprinkle the lawns. But his use of energy is still far above normal.
In addition to his Belle Meade home, Gore owns a farmhouse in rural Carthage, Tennessee, and a fancy residence at San Francisco’s Regis Residence Club. Each uses energy, though not nearly as much as the main Gore residence. Although the total energy usage at these properties hasn’t been made available, we can guess that it still uses ample energy.
Much of the energy for America’s home and industrial use comes from burning coal and natural gas (so-called fossil fuels) resulting in the release of Gore’s favorite target, carbon dioxide (CO2). His newest film, An Inconvenient Sequel, would have viewers believe that CO2 is polluting the entire atmosphere and setting the stage for rising sea levels, destructive weather extremes, and numerous other environmental cataclysms.
If only people would use less energy, then there would be less CO2 to continue wreaking havoc, say Gore and his allies. But the truth is that CO2 is not a poison; it’s a beneficial substance that is necessary for healthy plant life – which is food. More CO2 would result in more food, more trees, healthy animals, and even healthier humans.
All of this suggests a hidden motive for the well-publicized Gore campaign about climate change. Less hidden today than when Gore’s ill-advised crusade began are outspoken claims of fright peddlers at the UN and elsewhere who openly admit that their real goal is world government controlled by them. Gore is their front man who should be shunned, not lionized. Happily, a large and growing number of scientists are challenging Gore and his fright-peddling friends.
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Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.