The Tennessee Tax Dept. does not consider the "Tennessee Center for Policy Research," which roughly no one had heard of before this, a legitimate group. It's run by a long-time right-wing attack hack, and its only registered address is a P.O. box. Why is everyone in the media taking what it says about Gore's electricity use at face value?I use a similar program to buy green power from my utility. The power is sourced from local wind farms.
Gore's electricity company has no record of being contacted about his bills.
The "average" home electricity use quoted by TCPR is a national average that includes apartments and mobile homes. In Gore's climatic zone, the East South Central (Dept. of Energy PDF), the average is much higher, thanks to hot, humid summers and cold winters. Within that zone, Gore's usage is three (not 20) times average, and his per-square-foot usage is squarely average.
The Gores are not an average family. He's an ex-VP with special security arrangements, and has live-in security staff. He and his wife both work on their many business and charitable undertakings out of their house, so they have space for offices and office staff. All that would be tough to cram in an average size house.
Gore buys the maximum allowable green electricity from the program offered by his utility.
Most of the electricity in TN comes from hydro and nuclear, and so doesn't generate all that much CO2 anyway
On his part, Al Gore could have done a little solar roofing. But the fact remains, Al Gore has done a tremendous job in increasing global warming awareness. Right wing nut cases know that painfully well. Al Gore is making great progress and people are listening. Like Patrix puts it, swift boating is not going to work this time around.
I am pretty sure the right wing nuts will have nothing to say about the deliberately delayed US Climate Action Report (which probably should be called a US Climate No-Action report)