Al Gore: not prepared to change the way HE lives. . .

  1. http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.c...e-887baa7069ca

    GORE REFUSES TO TAKE PERSONAL ENERGY ETHICS PLEDGE

    Senator Inhofe showed Gore a film frame from “An Inconvenient Truth” where it asks viewers: “Are you ready to change the way you live?”

    Senator Inhofe offered VP Gore the following pledge and asked him to take the pledge, to agree to, in VP Gore's own words, "change the way he lives":

    "As a believer:

    - that human-caused global warming is a moral, ethical, and spiritual issue affecting our survival;

    - that home energy use is a key component of overall energy use;

    - that reducing my fossil fuel-based home energy usage will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions; and

    - that leaders on moral issues should lead by example;

    I pledge to consume no more energy for use in my residence than the average American household by March 21, 2008.”


    Gore refused to take the pledge.

    Notice, VP Gore WASN'T asked to reduce his use BELOW the current average, something he strongly advocates for everybody else. He was just asked to reduce his usage TO current levels (levels he believes are 'giving the planet a fever'.) IN addition, the pledge would have given VP Gore a full year to comply with the pledge.

    Do as I say, not as I do. It's hard to be a moral leader when you don't have the moral courage of your convictions.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Mar 21, '07
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  2. 53 Comments

  3. by   bethin
    Interesting that he asks us to take the pledge but somehow he is exempt. I also read where he refused to turn in his notes for his outline for the hearing as is mandated. Outlines are to be turned in 24(or 48) hours before the hearing. I like Gore, voted for him, but since 2002 I've slowly been turned off by him.
  4. by   bethin
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Notice, VP Gore WASN'T asked to reduce his use BELOW the current average, something he strongly advocates for everybody else. He was just asked to reduce his usage TO current levels (levels he believes are 'giving the planet a fever'.) IN addition, the pledge would have given VP Gore a full year to comply with the pledge.
    He says that this shouldn't apply to him since his home is much larger than the average American home. Hey, here's a solution: Not using bedrooms 5-11? Get a smaller home!
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from bethin
    He says that this shouldn't apply to him since his home is much larger than the average American home. Hey, here's a solution: Not using bedrooms 5-11? Get a smaller home!
    Translation: I'm part of the elite; the rules I intend to make for YOU don't apply to ME.

    Or maybe he could stop using energy to keep his pool continuously warmed. I guess he's not prepared to change his living standards THAT much.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Mar 22, '07
  6. by   UM Review RN
    I didn't expect much from Gore, the so I'm neither surprised nor disappointed.

    I lost faith in him when I found out that he did not invent the Internet after all.
  7. by   GooeyRN
    I am not surprised.
  8. by   Sheri257
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Gore refused to take the pledge.
    C'mon Timothy. This is totally misleading and you know it. As usual, you've ignored some key facts.

    Like the fact that Gore uses clean, wind energy for this home.

    A press release from global warming critic Sen. Inhofe isn't exactly an unbiased, accurate account of what was said.

    This is what the New York Times says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/22/wa...re.html?ref=us

    On the Senate side, Mr. Inhofe quickly hit an issue that some of Mr. Gore’s critics have sounded in recent weeks — the size and energy-consuming properties of his new home in Tennessee. Mr. Inhofe sought to exact a pledge from Mr. Gore to cut electricity use so that his home outside Nashville used no more than the average American home in a year.

    Mr. Gore then said he pays extra to use wind-generated electricity at the home; Mr. Inhofe took that response as a rejection of the pledge.

    How, exactly, is paying extra for wind generated electricity rejecting the pledge?

    Doesn't wind energy reduce fossil-fuel based energy use, like the pledge says?

    If Gore pays more for clean energy that doesn't contribute to global warming, what could possibly be wrong with that?

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Mar 22, '07
  9. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from lizz
    C'mon Timothy. This is totally misleading and you know it. As usual, you've ignored some key facts.

    Like the fact that Gore uses clean, wind energy for this home.

    A press release from global warming critic Sen. Inhofe isn't exactly an unbiased, accurate account of what was said.

    This is what the New York Times says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/22/wa...re.html?ref=us

    On the Senate side, Mr. Inhofe quickly hit an issue that some of Mr. Gore’s critics have sounded in recent weeks — the size and energy-consuming properties of his new home in Tennessee. Mr. Inhofe sought to exact a pledge from Mr. Gore to cut electricity use so that his home outside Nashville used no more than the average American home in a year.

    Mr. Gore then said he pays extra to use wind-generated electricity at the home; Mr. Inhofe took that response as a rejection of the pledge.

    How, exactly, is paying extra for wind generated electricity rejecting the pledge?

    Doesn't wind energy reduce fossil-fuel based energy use, like the pledge says?

    If Gore pays more for clean energy that doesn't contribute to global warming, what could possibly be wrong with that?

    :typing
    Sorry, I don't buy the "I only hog clean energy" excuse. Energy is fungible (ultimately the use of energy is just that, the use of energy. Whatever the source, it is an interchangeable part of the same finite supply). He is using more than his 'fair share'. This is especially true in that, according to his own words, the planet 'has a fever'.

    The Pope might have been able to grant absolution for the rich to sin a few hundred years ago, and Al Gore might be able to grant absolution to himself within HIS new religion, but ultimately, if we are to take either religious leader at face value, the God of their religion is far less tolerable of such excesses.

    It's a valid critique. If you want to be a preacher from a major Christian pulpit, don't get caught in bed with the church secretary. If you want to be the moral leader of the church of energy excess, then don't be caught using 20 times the average household energy so that you can heat your pool.

    We aren't even talking about the energy he uses jetting around the world in private planes. While outrageous in its 'carbon footprinting', I could chalk that up to 'getting out the message'. No, we are talking only about the use of energy in his own home. Al Gore, simply put, is a carbon criminal. Not to mention a hypocrite.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Mar 22, '07
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Sorry, I don't buy the "I only hog clean energy" excuse.
    First you neglect to tell people that Gore is using is clean, wind energy ... which is totally misleading.

    Now you're claiming he's a clean energy hog? What evidence do you have to support this claim?

    :typing
  11. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from lizz
    First you neglect to tell people that Gore is using is clean, wind energy ... which is totally misleading.

    Now you're claiming he's a clean energy hog? What evidence do you have to support this claim?

    :typing
    Again, energy if fungible. Every ounce of energy he uses takes from the available supply. He can claim 'clean energy' if he wants, but since HE is using that energy, there is less of it available and so, down the road, AS A RESULT, more 'carbon dirty' energy is being expended, in equal proportions to the amount of energy he is using. That is just rationalizing his elite status.

    Or more to the point, think about it THIS way, Al Gore himself argues that a key ingredient to the solution of energy carbon footprinting is the use of MORE alternative energy sources, more 'carbon neutral' sources. Maybe, but that means, the MORE of THAT kind of energy available, the less 'carbon negative' energy has to be used. Right? Right, because energy is 'fungible'. So, the MORE that Gore uses, the less such energy is available and the more the system must resort to take up the slack, with carbon negative energy uses.

    What evidence that Gore is a carbon criminal? A Tenn think tank recently used public records to show that Al Gore uses 20 times the average household energy in his residence. This was never denied. It is a stated fact, based on energy billing.

    VP Gore is a member of the elite. He wants to tell US what to do, but he doesn't want to abide by the same rule. He's a Pope with a steady stream of energy mistresses.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  12. by   Sheri257
    Just an additional commentary here but, I'm sure there is and will be a lot for Republicans to criticize with Democrats.

    But misleading people and disregarding key facts is only going to hurt your credibility. Pretty soon, nobody is going to listen to you anymore if all you do is spread propaganda that has little basis in fact.

    As Schwarzenegger said in an interview on this same issue yesterday: Rush Limbaugh, in his opinion, has become irrelevant.

    And, I'm sorry ... you can try to spin it as much as you like but ... attacking Gore for using clean energy in his home is just ridiculous.

    :typing
  13. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Think about it THIS way. Even if VP Gore weren't contributing to a huge carbon footprint by his use of 20x the normal household amount of energy, he is still a moral sinkhole on the issue.

    Why?

    He is RICH and he can afford all these so-called 'carbon offsets' (absolution for the sinful rich) and 'alternative' energy. For most of US, those resources are simply not available.

    For the majority of us, VP Gore knows exactly the only message that can play. He says it in his book and he was quoted his own quote on Capital Hill yesterday: Are you ready to change the way you live?

    VP Gore says this is a moral issue. For a moral leader to BE a moral leader in a campaign about 'changing the way we live', that moral leader must also be a moral example.

    Excuses aside, how can VP Gore seriously ask all of us to 'change the way we live' in regards with energy use when he can't even shut off the dang heater on his pool? It IS hypocrisy.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  14. by   Sheri257
    According to Fox News ... not exactly the most liberal news organization.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259938,00.html

    Town Official Defends Al Gore's Energy Inefficient House

    Zoning rules in Al Gore's upscale Tennessee neighborhood have prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on his roof.

    New rules on April 1 will allow homeowners to install solar panels on their roofs ....

    The builders at Gore's home plan to make the application for solar panels once the new ordinance goes into effect.


    :typing

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