Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Tale of Two Houses

I've brought this up before, but in this election year it bears bringing up again -- especially in an age where people believe that the Democratic party is the Party of Civil Rights, and, as addressed here, the Republican Party is anti-environment. They don't care about it. Nay, they even delight in its destruction.

And so, when reading a paper by Lord Christopher Mockton, I ran across this little tidbit again, I thought it ought to be put out there again for people to read and digest.

House #1: Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every 'green' feature current home construction can provide. The house has 4 bedrooms and is nestled on a high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet holds geothermal heatpumps circulating water through pipes sunk 300 feet deep. The water (usually 67 degrees F) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. The system uses one-quarter of the electricity used by a conventional system. Rainwater is collected in a 25,000-gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks, then into the cistern, from which the garden is irrigated.

House #2: A 20-room mansion with 8 bathrooms, a pool and poolhouse, and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs to over $2,400. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home.

This house is not in the Northern or Midwestern snow-belt. It's in the South.

House #1, near Crawford, Texas, belongs to President George Bush. House #2, near Nashville, Tennessee, belongs to Gore.

Al can't be too worried about rising sea levels in the near future. He bought a luxury condo by the bay in San Fransisco in 2005.

A man with a carbon footprint as big as Al's and a recently purchased condo by the oceanside can't be nearly as concerned about global warming and rising sea levels as he pretends to be.

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