Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Gore's Inconvenient Truth: He's an Energy Glutton

The average U.S. household consumes 10,600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per year. In 2006, Al Gore devoured 221,000 kWh — more than 20 times the U.S. average. In other words, Gore consumes more energy in a single year than the average household uses in two decades! Or Gore uses more in 4 years than the average American uses in their entire lifetime!

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,600 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. In total, Gore paid $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville home in 2006.

more here from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.


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