re: Don't Try This at Home "Maybe s/he was at the Drudge web site choking down his latest lie (i.e. Gore's electricity bill)."
ABC News.com is reporting that his utility bill is $30,000 per year. Gore has said he buys carbon credits to offset the amount he travels.
I like Gore and I voted for him in 2000. But buying carbon credits feels a little like cheating somehow. It's like saying, I'll tell everyone else to conserve but I'm not going to bother practicing what I preach.
re: Don't Try This at Home OMG! How did we go from some poor shmuck dying while mobile computing to Al GoreGÇÖs electric bill.
Newswire: Huge Train Wreck Blamed on Secular Progressive Seen Pulling Chat Thread Switch. Pictures at 11.
Sorry, DUDE! I don't live in CA. Maybe s/he was at the Drudge web site choking down his latest lie (i.e. Gore's electricity bill).
I really think the Catholic Church is missing out on a bonanza here. If they start selling indulgences again it could be a huge source of income. Take money from the right wing and the left wing, yeah that's the ticket. Call 'em "Angel Credits".
I wonder what OGÇÖReilly has to say about the whole subject? What say you Bill? "Ditto, I'm with you LR, they're all Pinheads!"
re: Don't Try This at Home 1) Millionares per capita cause much more pollution based on their materialistic tendencies than do middle class or lower income persons.
2) Rather than change their polluting habits many millionaires including Gore feel they can continue to pollute and feel good about it by just paying off others to reduce their own wasteful pollution.
3) The poor and middle class cannot afford to payoff others to get to a "zero carbon sum" without seriously impacting their disposable income.
4) Some millionaires choose to live modestly and leave a small eco wake. Billionare Buffet living in his modest home comes to mind.
5) Its likely that those who choose to use private/corporate jets to get everywhere do more pollution per capita than anyone else. (But their time, convenience, and presence IS more important than most people's, isn't it?)
6) On balance, Gore is much more energy conscience than most people. But... as a jet setting millionaire he uses ALOT of carbon.
7) Gore would do better to encourage virtual travel and meeting attendence (using the telecom industry) as a means to reduce and balance polution per individual.
8) Almost no global warming advocates seem to know that the core of the Earth is hotter than the surface of the sun and that it is cooling. And that even the worse case scenarios of global warming never result in a world that is hotter or has more atmospheric carbon than the days of the dinosaur.
9) Answer this set of questions: Which people on the Earth should be given the opportunity to: A) live and/or work in air-conditioned comfort? B) drive a car to work (without a carpool) C) fly to visit their relatives D) fly to explore the world
10) The balancing of jobs to low-cost labor countries is expanding the number of people with the economic means to do 9 A-D as long as polution "taxes" are not included.
11) We who are already doing 9 A-D have no moral standing to tell upwardly mobile people in India and China to be less materialistic and wasteful than we ourselves choose to be or have already done in the past.
12) What system should we use to get to choose who the carbon pigs get to be?
re: Don't Try This at Home His bill is high because he pays a premium for solar and wind energy. If you factor in the extra cost in kilowatt hours for this energy and given the added security, etc. for his home, he doesn't use any more energy than most homes of the same size. Once again, Drudge/Limbaugh/etc. use very misleading numbers to make something sound bad that isn't. In my opinion, knowingly doing this is a lie!