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Friday, March 02, 2007

Gold Standard of Environmentally Friendly House and the Gore Hypocrisy

Jason over at the Texas RainMaker blog has a very interesting post on the subject of the environmental hypocrisy of Al Gore. Recently Sean Hannity and the conservative think tank have been drawing attention to the massive carbon output of Al Gore's 4 houses. Hannity has also been pointing out Gore's many travels on private jets while preaching to the great unwashed about their greenhouse gases. Jason quotes a liberal blog to describe the house of "the 2000 Presidential Candidate":

The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude.

Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this “eco-friendly” dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.

A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.

Wow, somebody really cares about the environment here. Why are they knocking Gore around so much with that house to wear as a green badge of honor. WAIT! That's not Gore's home. That is the OTHER 2000 presidential candidate's home - George W. Bush. Glad to see at least one liberal source is giving Bush a thumb's up on something.

But wait, Al Gore makes up for all of his waste with papal indulgences -I mean carbon offsets. When I first heard about the carbon offsets my first thought was "Wow, that sounds just like the papal indulgences of the 16th century Catholic Church. You could sin all week and buy forgiveness on the weekend. You could even buy forgiveness for dead relatives. I was going to post on the need for a modern day Martin Luther to post 95 theses denouncing the carbon indulgence offsets. I guess others have also thought about it and have been writing about it. In my delay it is no longer original. So I have come up with another analogy. It is like somebody with an eating disorder gourging themselves on food and then running to the toilet to stick their finger down their throat to make themselves throw up. I think I am the first to coin the term Environmental Bulimia to describe carbon offsets.

Next Jason points out that even with the carbon offsets, Al Gore is playing games. Guess who he buy the carbon offsets from - himself. He buys the offsets from an organization he helped found and has a personal stake in. Wow, what things these political "rock stars" can get away with. Is anybody on the left embarrassed of their champion yet? If not, they have some major blinders on.

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  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Funny, I used the papal indulgences analogy yesterday in a conversation with a couple (conservative) co-workers.

    When the same analogy keeps popping up everywhere, it might just be because that's the perfect one to use. Al Gore is purchasing the right to sin against the environmental religion's god, and there's no other way to look at it.

    The Catholic Church cleaned up its act over indulgences centuries ago. How long do you suppose it will take the Church of the Environment (Global Warming Synod) to do likewise?

    By the way, Earth Day is coming in April (I heard an ad on an LA radio station). Do you suppose Al Gore will be the keynote speaker somewhere?

  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    By the way, Earth Day is coming in April (I heard an ad on an LA radio station). Do you suppose Al Gore will be the keynote speaker somewhere?

    Of course. And he will get there in a private jet.


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