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A tale of two houses

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Last Edited: August 18, 2007, 3:47 pm

Look over the descriptions of the following two houses and see if you can tell which belongs to an environmentalist.

HOUSE #1

A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern "snow belt," either. It's in the South.

HOUSE #2

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE # 1 (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and filmmaker) Al Gore.

HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Also known as "the Texas White House," it is the private residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

So whose house is gentler on the environment? Yet another story you WON'T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read about in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Indeed, for Mr. Gore, it's truly "an inconvenient truth."

Check it out on Snopes if you don't believe me.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp

Entry #367

Comments

1.
Comment by pacattack05 - August 18, 2007, 4:14 pm
I heard snipets about this recently. It was an article written by someone who was talking about Gore's usage of fuel, such as when he flies to places, and other vehicles. It's ok for him to use fuels that supposedly cause global warming, but make sure all the commoners limit their usage.

What hypocrisy.
2.
Rick GComment by Rick G - August 19, 2007, 5:29 pm
House #1 and House #2:

Both homeowners have a lot more money than 95% of the U.S. population based on the homes they live in or the improvements they have installed.

But the person in House #2 has money to burn considering it's a 4 bedroom house (4,000 sq. ft) with the following features:

--A nationally acclaimed professor of architecture designing its construction

--A central closet in the house holding geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground.

--a 25,000 gallon underground cistern with water purifying tanks

Obviously it takes money to be green or to be a hypocrite talking green. Maybe these homeowners can clue in the rest of us. Meanwhile I'll contact my Homeowners Association to get the OK on the cistern dig and the 300 ft. dig for ground water.
3.
four4meComment by four4me - August 19, 2007, 5:46 pm
This is like comparing apples to oranges

The Texas white house was completed in 1999
http://www.westernwhitehouse.org/



Al Gore lives in a 100 yr old mansion.
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/09/13/040913fa_fact

4.
four4meComment by four4me - August 19, 2007, 6:08 pm
Rick i agree it costs big money to go completely green and no way the middle class will outlive their investment.
If you figure in all the amenities like solar power, lighting, water, heating, cooling, special building materials which are priced through the roof and the whole conglomeration of things need to go completely green. There are even new types small windmill electrical generating equipment being developed in the Netherlands.

I have looked into these green solutions and figure i might as well stay on the grid until i win the millions of dollars needed to build such a house.

Maybe I'll move next to you in my van down by the river.

5.
jarasanComment by jarasan - August 19, 2007, 6:36 pm
The moral of this story is about President Bush someone who practices what he preaches, and Al Gore the jerk hypocrite who doesn't practice what he preaches. It isn't about money blah, blah, blah. Al has 2 homes, sell one jerk.

What somebody didn't mention here either is that Al the jerk hypocrites' home is also on top of a mine. Read and learn about the jerk.

"Humanity might be "sitting on a ticking time bomb," but Gore's home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River.

The issue here is not simply Gore's hypocrisy; it's a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn't he made any radical change in his life? Giving up the zinc mine or one of his homes is not asking much, given that he wants the rest of us to radically change our lives."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-08-09-gore-green_x.htm

By the way, I know people who worked for him and they are jerk hypocrites, also, all of them. These people got political appointments in 92', and we paid their salaries for eight years for them to sit around and do nothing for eight years.

6.
ToddComment by Todd - August 20, 2007, 6:36 am
Thank you Jarasan for cutting through the BS. You're exactly right, all the stuff about money, etc., is a smokescreen to the truth.

The simple truth is that if someone wants to go out making speeches about how the sky is falling, and how we should all live a "green" lifestyle (which is BS in itself), he should be living such a lifestyle himself. Gore is not the great leader that all the liberal bloggers make him out to be. He is a hypocrite and a fair politician, who lost an election that he should have easily won, and then went around crying about how the other side "cheated". Big baby. He went around hyping global warming only after he failed to convince the world that he created the Internet. What else is a failed politician to do?

To anyone who tries to minimize what Bush has done, you are missing the point. The point is that Bush did not go around yelling garbage about how you and I need to change our lifestyles. He simply and quietly led by example, the way a good leader should. He remains a good leader, as he always has been. All the stupid hatred in the world cannot alter simple facts.

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