Al Gore is back with another film “An Inconvenient Sequel” in which he decries climate change and urges Americans (and more importantly the government) to take radical steps to reduce carbon emissions.
A decade ago, my friend and former Colleague at National Taxpayers Union, Drew Johnson blew the whistle on Al Gore’s energy usage at his Nashville home. Now Drew and the National Center for Public Policy Analysis have done it again. Again, they requested what in Tennessee are public utility records and found that Al Gore uses more than 20 times the electricity at his home than the average American.
According to Johnson and the NCPPA analysis:
• The past year, Gore’s home energy use averaged 19,241 kilowatt hours (kWh) every month, compared to the U.S. household average of 901 kWh per month.
• Gore guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years.
• In September of 2016, Gore’s home consumed 30,993 kWh in just one month – as much energy as a typical American family burns in 34 months.
• During the last 12 months, Gore devoured 66,159 kWh of electricity just heating his pool. That is enough energy to power six average U.S. households for a year.
• From August 2016 through July 2017, Gore spent almost $22,000 on electricity bills.
• Gore paid an estimated $60,000 to install 33 solar panels. Those solar panels produce an average of 1,092 kWh per month, only 5.7% of Gore’s typical monthly energy consumption.
See the full analysis here. There’s nothing inherently wrong with someone using a lot of electricity. What we all should have problems with (and call into question their public policy demands) are hypocrites who demand that the rest of us adopt policies that they themselves show no interest in adhering to.