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The Incredible Hulk of Green Footprints

This from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research:

Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month Gore’s personal electricity consumption up 10%, despite “energy-efficient” home renovations

NASHVILLE - In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.


In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.


After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.

Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.


The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a Nashville-based free market think tank and watchdog organization, obtained information about Gore’s home energy use through a public records request to the Nashville Electric Service.

Only a lefty can get away with this breathtaking hypocrisy. -Instapilot

H/T: The Blogfaddah

P.S. In Japan today (by way of Australia, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong). First impressions--heated toilet seats are good. That said, there is something to be said about overdoing the morning constitutional experience.
There are four WARNINGS and two CAUTIONS listed inside the lid of my room's john. There are seven controls, including "Spray," "Stop," "Shower," "Bidet," Seat Temp-LOW," Seat Temp-HIGH," and "Deodorizer." There is also a flush handle. Found it after a momentary panic--"Damn, mebbe 'Shower' is a Japanese euphemism for 'flush'...ah, *whew* there it is."
The modern commode: like transistor radios, VCRs, DVD players and color TVs, the West invents it, the East perfects it.
So help me, I will never make fun of a Japanese tourist--I took pictures of my hotel crapper. -Instapilot


ummmm.... 'Ichi Ban' means 'number one'. Dunno how to say 'number two', Dusty- you figger it out. ;)
So, where's the photo of the techno-loo? Don't be a tease. Did it have LED status lights? Water gauges? Bacteria alarm klaxon?
IMO, it’s not a hightech-loo unless it has a Klingon remover and a “dangerously full bowl” warning light.
Dusty- Be glad you didn't get the same bidet version Taco got the last time he had a stay-over in Tokyo.... I'd quote some of it here, but it would ruin all the fun. You have GOT to read this post.
OH! I almost forgot... Afghani bidets, also compliments of Taco. What is it with pilots and the urge to write about foreign toilets? LMAO!!
Good thing Taco didn't press the automatic tampon remover, isn't it?
OOHHHH! They have one of those???? Wonder what else it can do...