Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Al Gore’s not so carbon-neutral lifestyle

"But if Al Gore is the world's role model for ecology, the planet is doomed"

Says Peter Schweizer’s recent piece about Al Gores hypocrisy on the subject of Man-Made Global Warming and living a carbon-neutral lifestyle called "Gore isn't quite as green as he's led the world to believe."

The USA Today article outlines some very interesting facts:

For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little. He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)

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.

Also as executor of his family’s trust Algore could at anytime sold the hundreds of thousands of dollars of (oxy) stock, Occidental Petroleum a controversial company who have been accused of drilling in ecologically sensitive areas.

And apparently his hypocrisy knows no bounds as the Gore’s get a 20,000 dollar a year royalty check from Pasminco Zinc as a result of their home in Carthage sitting on a Zinc mine. According to the article ”Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River”

For someone who shouts that the sky is falling and that we all have to completely change the way we live you’d think he’d have already made these changes? Here’s a tip Mr. Gore; if you’re going to tell us what to do you have to make these changes before someone calls you out!

This is just one more in a long laundry list of examples of the hypocrisy coming from the left. Not to say we on the right don’t have our share of hypocrites but in comparison the left takes the cake. The reason for the lopsided numbers is simple, conservative live by the same set of ideals they advocate for others. The liberals want the people to do as they say and not as they do!

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