Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Suspicion Confirmed

I have long suspected that most self-proclaimed "activists" are in it for appearances and not really terribly interested in empirical data showing that their actions are furthering their stated cause.

The real cause is to further the self, by making one appear to others as being better, above reproach, look what I'm doing and what are you doing narcissim.

The Goracle, or All Gorged (the glutton for energy) is in the news again today, and it's about his home again.

Last year we found that his home consumes something like 20 times the power of the average American home (but that's ok, because he has a guest house and buys carbon credits). Well The Goracle has greened up his home, so he's using less energy now, which is what it's all about, right?

Well, not excactly. He's apparently using 10% more energy than he did last year. But his house has been "greenified", and that's what's important ... to him, would be my take.

After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.

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.

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