Saturday, March 03, 2007

An inconvenient truth?

Not the fact of global warming, but the fact that Al Gore’s house uses more than 20 times as much power as the average American household:
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.
Gore's people hit back:
Gore’s family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence...
Ooooohhhh... good comeback! (using my best Groundskeeper Willy voice) To me the response reads:
Mr Gore is extremely rich and it is really really difficult for rich people to limit their emissions
I can't think of anybody who has a bigger incentive to live a green lifestyle than Gore; not money wise but image wise, he's still a potential president after all. Given that he is very rich and does have a large stake in appearing green, I think it's worth noting that he is in a far better position to buy expensive things that have low emissions and to employ people to plant trees to offset his emissions.

I love the lack of embarrassment though, after all Gore is only using 20 times the power of ordinary people when he could be using 50 times as much if he didn't spend so much money reducing his usage. Same deal with Chomsky; he's gotten stinking rich writting books attacking America, capitalism, intellectual property rights and the right of inheritance. His books are copyrighted and sold on the open market, he takes advantage of all the comforts of the unique American university system and jealously protects his fortune from being taxed away. What does he say bout this? That he is not ashamed about providing for his family and, well what should do? Live in a cabin in Montana??

Naturally, the anonymous blogger at Free Exchange does a better job of dealing with the issues than I do.

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