Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Gore's green policy hypocrisy?

It was a pretty amusing read about "frugal" hydro consumption by the big-time green policy advocate, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore. According to the article published by the Tennessee Centre for Policy Research and titled "Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month," last year Gore's home "burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month ... 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."

I looked at our last-year hydro consumption numbers, and it turns out our household - resident in a GTA municipality - spent much less than the average US houseold, at the fairly modest level of 4,100 kWh per year, which also happens to be over 50 times below Gore's household hydro consumption. I understand that a big estate requires a lot more electricity than a modest 2,000 sq feeter, but come on - if you claim to be an active environmentalist and if you believe that saving energy will save our Nature, then just live up to your principles and do something meaningful on your own - like downsizing your dwelling or, if you have tons of money, installing solar panels wherever it is possible.

On the other hand, it is quite possible that Gore's hydro bill reflects some extra business-related costs or that the reported numbers were made up by somebody - you never know what kind of info they are feeding you through mass media these days.

No comments: