FRIDAY'S HUM (03-30-07)
"AN INCONVENIENT ELECTRIC BILL"
GORE MANSION USES 20 TIMES MORE JUICE THAN AVERAGE HOUSE IN VERMONT
WILLISTON DEMS SCREEN GORE FLICK
On Tuesday, the Williston Democratic Party held a benefit showing of "An Inconvenient Truth", with The Alliance for Climate Protection being on the receiving end of the raised dough.
We didn't hear of any protest action, but there is a considerable amount of Hum being generated by the findings of the TCPR (Tennessee Center for Policy Research) regarding Mr. Gore's energy use at his Nashville mansion. For example:
- Average monthly electric usage at the Gore mansion is about 18,400 kwh; a family of five in Essex averages 600 kwh, give or take.
- Gore's energy consumption has gone UP since he released the movie.
- He's been buying 'green energy' - since 2007!
Don't believe us? Click here for the nonpartisan TCPR report.
Also, the Canada Free Press had the best story on Gore's stumblings before the House and Senate committees. Here's a gem of a passage:
Sen. Craig Thomas asked Gore the pivotal question of whether atmospheric carbon dioxide increases have historically preceded or followed increases in global temperature.
If temperature increases come before carbon dioxide increases, the notion that manmade greenhouse gas emissions are changing global temperatures would have the cause-and-effect relationship exactly backward.
Gore responded by describing how, depending on the Earth's tilt and wobble as it revolves around the sun, sometimes carbon dioxide increases precede temperature increases and other times temperature increases precede carbon dioxide increases.
That led attentive listeners to wonder, well, why worry about manmade global warming if it's the Earth's tilt and wobble that define the carbon dioxide-temperature relationship?
Apparently realizing his self-defeating statement, Gore then tried to backtrack by saying that currently, carbon dioxide increases are preceding temperature increases. It was a desperate and revealing effort to get back on message.
Fortunately for Gore, Thomas failed to pick up on the sleight of hand, his time for questioning ran out and the frustrating hearing essentially ended at that point.
FIVE CORNERS UPDATE
I was sitting at the Essex Junction Five Corners waiting for the light to change.
I decided to count the number of idling cars and got to 53 before the light changed and I had to move on. 53 cars with shit spewing out of their tailpipes.
What would Al Gore do?