Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The conservative don't-think tanks

Some of you may know that Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, won an Oscar the other night... It didn't take long, but the conservative "think-tanks" are already starting a new swift-boat campaign of mis-information. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research says
Gore deserved “a gold statue for hypocrisy” for his own energy use.

The group in a written statement sent out to area media claimed Nashville Electric Service records show the Gore home in Belle Meade uses “more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year.”
and goes on to paint a picture of a man who says one thing, but does another...

Of course, if most of the "research" from conservative non-think tanks were true I wouldn't have any material to blog... (e.g. - my post below).

Even a cursory check of the TCPR "facts" reveals a different picture:

"As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk (the) walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use," said Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, identified as a free-market think tank.

Gore's power bill shows, however, that the former vice president may be doing just that.

Gore purchased 108 blocks of "green power" for each of the past three months, according to a summary of the bills.

That's a total of $432 a month Gore paid extra for solar or other renewable energy sources.

The conservative think tank "conveniently" forgot to mention that... also:

"They, of course, also do the carbon emissions offset," she said.

That means figuring out how much carbon is emitted from home power use, and vehicle and plane travel, then paying for projects that will offset that with use of renewable energy, such as solar power.

Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe, she said.

So it would seem that while Al Gore is expending a lot of energy to promote his goals, he's also expending a lot of his own money to do it in a way that furthers those goals.

So much for thinking...

2 comments:

confused by hypocracy said...

OKAY, so let me get this striaght, its ok that he is expending more energy than 12 other households and flies arround in his private jet, the exact problem he rails against, because he pays extra for it????? Does this mean that we can now polute as much as we want as long as we can pay for it????

How about he actualy do what he demands us lowly people do and CONSERVE???

Why does he get a pass simply because he is rich?

Reign of Reason said...

Lets think about this...

If I use 20,000kW hrs of electricity/month, but generate it all via solar or wind is that "bad"?

I personally don't think so. Although conserving is always good, using "clean" power is not a bad thing.

Similarly, if I pay the power companies extra to generate "clean" power I am offsetting my use of energy by putting more clean power on the grid...

Its like saying ok, my car generates a ton of CO2/year, but I'll pay the oil companies an extra 10k/year to reduce their CO2 emissions during refinement by the amount I generate... I have to drive my car, but at least I can offset the effects of doing so.

Of course the solution is not optimal... and everyone can always do more, but using offsets and getting the word out is more than most of us are doing.