Head Liberal Hypocrite Al Gore ignores ‘Earth Hour’
Yes, I saw all the suggestions from the media and all the invitations from my many Facebook friends: Go dark for “Earth Hour,” which took place from 8:30 - 9:30 Saturday night.
Yet, here was “Earth Hour” in my household: The kids were in bed, their nightlights illuminated, CD players playing a light classical mix I burned from iTunes, and humidifiers blaring. My wife was catching up on some ice skating on TV, with all the bedroom lights on. And I was recording music in my basement home studio. Now, I’ll bet that equipment uses a lot of electricity. So, for those of you who sat in the dark for an hour on Saturday so that I could crank the Marshall amp up to “11” uninhibited, thank you!
Now, for you diehard environmentalists, don’t expend all of your righteous indignation just on me. You’ll need to reserve a little bit of it for your hero, Albert Gore, Jr. Turns out the “P.R. person for the planet” didn’t participate in Earth Hour either:
March 29, 2009
Al Gore ignores ‘Earth Hour’
Driveway to Nashville mansion flooded with electricity
Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” may have inspired many to participate in yesterday’s “Earth Hour” by switching off their lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., but maybe the former vice president didn’t get the memo.
Drew Johnson, the president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, decided to drive by Gore’s mansion in Nashville at 8:48 p.m. and records that floodlights were on illuminating the driveway leading up to the main quarter.
“I pulled up to Al’s house, located in the posh Belle Meade section of Nashville, at 8:48 p.m. – right in the middle of Earth Hour,” he wrote on his blog. “I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on.”
He added: “The kicker, though, were the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore’s mansion. I [kid] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn’t be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees.”
Earth Hour was deemed a huge success by its organizers, the World Wildlife Fund. The group estimated that 1 billion worldwide took part.
From an Antarctic research base and the Great Pyramids of Egypt, from the Colosseum in Rome to the Empire State building in New York, illuminated patches of the globe went dark last night to highlight what the group believes is a man-made threat of climate change. Time zone by time zone, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries dimmed nonessential lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., according to organizers.
WWF called the event, which began in Australia in 2007 and grew last year to 400 cities worldwide, “the world’s first-ever global vote about the future of our planet.”
The United Nations’ top climate official, Yvo de Boer, called the event a clear sign that the world wants negotiators seeking a climate change agreement to set an ambitious course to fight global warming.
The event was initiated with hopes of impacting talks in Bonn this week to craft a deal to control emissions of the heat-trapping gases supposedly responsible for “global warming.” The talks are due to culminate in Copenhagen this December.
“Earth Hour was probably the largest public demonstration on climate change ever,” de Boer told delegates from 175 nations. “Its aim was to tell every government representative to seal a deal in Copenhagen. The world’s concerned citizens have given the negotiations an additional and very clear mandate.”
Contributor “Kleinheider” at the Nashville Post’s politics blog reports this morning that the Gores, apparently not appreciating the negative light … um, shone upon them, released this statement to the Nashville Post:
The Gores honored Earth Hour by shutting off the lights at their residence. The heating and air conditioning were turned off as well [Well, why would they both be on to begin with?]. But more importantly, the Gores live in a Gold LEED certified home, powered by geothermal power. They have undergone renovations to put solar panels on the roof and participate in all of the renewable power programs offered by their local utility. They aren’t perfect, no family is, but they do their best, year-round to try to make a difference at home and across the country to make a difference on the climate crisis.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Using 20 times more energy than the average American household is really trying. (If they weren’t trying, it would have been more like 50 times, right?)
Gimme a break!
Asked if this meant that the Gore’s were asserting that Drew Johnson was mistaken about seeing lights on at the residence, Kreider responded, “Correct.”
Yet, Johnson stands by his story of seeing bluish moniter/TV lights from inside the Gore mansion, and even provides time-stamped photos of his illuminated driveway.
By the way, Kleinheider reminds us that Johnson is the same guy who exposed Gore’s excessive energy use at his home back in 2007. The following comes from a posting from Johnson’s Facebook page [reprinted in full at Yid With Lid] (Course language warning):
If you’re unfamiliar, Earth Hour is where socialists and patchouli-dabbing tree-hugging hippies unite to dismiss electricity, fossil fuels and the modern conveniences that allow for historically unrivaled prosperity, longevity, health and quality of life throughout the world.
Thankfully, most of the Kool-Aid drinking ballsacks that participated in Earth Hour undoubtedly spent the hour on their couch or on their porch reflecting how solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, short and generally shitty life would be without electricity.
Better get yourself another name and address pronto, Mr. Johnson. Hell hath no fury like a megalomaniacal leftist whose hypocrisy has been publicly exposed.