Congratulations to Al Gore for winning an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth.
And congratulations to Al Gore for spending about as much as I earn (net) in a year on his energy bills – and his own personal quest to prove that
fairies global warming does exist.
Please bear with me because I do have a point with this rant.
Al – science doesn’t mean creating what you predict. If I predict a document won’t be done in time, it doesn’t make me a visionary, it makes me lazy.
From the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (which may or may not itself be a lobbying group for “Big Oil” but whatever, they give good quote):
Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”
Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average
Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.
Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).
In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.
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. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.
Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.
Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.
“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.
In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions.
Just last week the National Post ran an article that asked some tough questions of environmentalist David Suzuki from Michael Crichton’s book State of Fear. The questions included –
– Why was climatologist James Hansen — the father of global warming–off by 200% in his prediction that temperatures would increase by 0.35 degrees Celsius by 2008 (the actual increase has been .11 degrees); and why did he (and colleagues) say in 2001 that “the longterm prediction of future climate states is not possible”?
– Of the world’s 160,000 glaciers, some are shrinking. But many –in Iceland, for example –have “surged” in the last few years, while most of Antarctica is getting colder; if warming is “global,” why?
– Why haven’t sea levels risen to the extent predicted? Why have the waters off the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean not only experienced no rise over several centuries, but an actual fall in the last 20 years?
– Where is the predicted “extreme weather?” There has been no global increase, and in many cases a decrease, of extreme weather patterns.
– From 1940-70, carbon dioxide levels went way up, but temperatures went down so abruptly that a new Ice Age was the prevailing fear; wherefore this disparity?
– The Sahara Desert is shrinking–purportedly due to the greening effects caused by man-made global warming; but isn’t the greening of the desert a good thing?
My point, and I do have a PR related one, is that your spokesperson could be the most influential person in the world. The most charismatic, the one with the highest IQ or the wettest kisses but that doesn’t mean they’re the right person for your campaign.
For all the things Al Gore is, and he is a lot of things to a lot of people, he is not a scientist, a weather expert or, as we can see, an environmentalist.
And even if you do find the right person for your campaign, make sure they’re prepared; not just for the softball three-pitch lobs you’ve message trained them on, but for the hard asks.
David Suzuki stormed out of a radio interview because his interviewer had the temerity to suggest global warming isn’t the cut and dried issue some people insist it is. The interviewer suggested that many accredited scientists,
like Al Gore, some professors from top universities, including Nobel Prize winners and a former president of the National Academy of Sciences, would argue that global warming is at best unproven and at worst pure fantasy.
Al retorts to this claim with the announcement that he is buying carbon offsets. People are skeptical about a rich guy just throwing money at the problem, instead of fixing the behaviour behind the problem. That’s a whole different post about the value of an outside marketing consultancy.
Follow Up Part Two
Now the PETA folks are having a pop at Al. Who else will jump on the bandwagon?