on Saturday, September 1, 2007

Sorry kids, it's been kind of a slow week as far as politics go so I haven't had anything good to post. That being said, here's the latest:

My wife recently came across an article in which some idiot goes for the red herring approach by stating that President Bush's home uses as much energy as Al Gore's. I suppose that the purpose of their failed article is to get all of King Gore's critics to stop calling out Gore's hypocrisy by saying, "But hey, Bush's house uses lots of energy too, so there!"

Ah, but the difference is that Bush doesn't go on world tours on a campaign to get you and I to never drive a car or flick a switch again. Gore does. See the difference?

But I'd like to delve into this a little further if I may. After a laborious search, I was able to dig up some info on both Gore's and Bush's homes. Here's what I found:

Gore's Home Mansion on Steroids:
Gore's home is about 10,000 square feet, roughly 4 times the size of the average American's home. It's also well-known that Gore's home uses more energy (electricity and gas) than the average American uses in an entire year. The Department of Energy states that the average American household uses 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, yet Gore used about 221,000 kWh in 2006 - that's more than 20 times the national average!! And in August of last year, Gore drained over 22,600 kWh - more than double what you and I use in an entire year! His natural gas bills averaged close to $1,100 per month and Gore paid $30,000 in energy bills in 2006 alone.

Does that sound like an energy fanatic's house to you? Someone once wisely said, "Gore is willing to talk the talk, but not walk the walk." Clearly he is doing this solely for political and personal financial gain.

Bush's Home:
Bush's ranch in Texas in much more moderately sized at 4,000 square feet. One architect has stated that Bush's home utilizes "every 'green' feature that current home construction can provide." A closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps that heat and circulate water at a year-round temperature of 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This water runs through pipes throughout the home that provide both heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. This water is recycled over and over again and the pumps use no fossil fuels (natural gas). This innovative system also only uses electricity at a rate of about 25% of conventional heating/cooling systems. Rainwater from the roof and gutters is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern for later use. Wastewater for sinks, showers, etc., is purified and then sent to the same cistern where it is re-used in the home.

Well now, looks like Bush's home isn't so environmentally unfriendly after all...

...and as for the writers of the original Bush hating article mentioned above... you've been served.