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Gore’s personal electric consumption up 10%, despite ‘energy-efficient’ home renovations.

NASHVILLE – In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

‘A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what  he does behind closed doors of his own home,’ said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. ‘Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.’

In the past year, Gore’s hom burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.

In February 2007, An Inconvenient Truth, a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won and Academy Award for the best documentary feature. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovered that Gore’s Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity that the average American household.

After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models. and overhauling the home’s windows and duct work, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the ‘green’ overhaul.

Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,1768 kWh per month – 1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of  $16,533 per month. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

In the wake of becoming the most well-known global warming alarmist, Gore won an Oscar, a Grammy and the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, Gore saw his personal wealth increase by an estimated $100 million thanks largely to speaking fees and investments related to the global warming hysteria.

‘Actions speak louder that words, and Gore’s actions prove that he views climate change not as a serious problem, but as a money-making opportunity,’ Johnson said. ‘Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.’

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a Nashville-based free market think tank and watchdog organization,obtained information about Gore’s home energy use through a public records request to the Nashville Electric Service.

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