Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Charges, countercharges flying over Gore's electric bill


As we noted Monday, it wasn't long before Al Gore's moment of triumph at the Oscars sparked a political shouting match.
The bickering continues this morning because a group called the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has issued a report that says the former vice president's "mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year."
Drudge is playing the news big on his homepage. Conservative bloggers at Townhall.com and elsewhere are saying this shoots a big hole in Gore's claims to be an environmental advocate. Wizbang grabs the obvious headline, calling this Gore's "inconvenient truth."
Missing from much of the coverage is a response from the Gore camp. The liberal blog Think Progress, though, has a statement from the former veep's office. Among the points they make:
• "Gore's family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100% green power through Green Power Switch, installing solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology."
• "Gore has had a consistent position of purchasing carbon offsets to offset the family's carbon footprint -- a concept the right-wing fails to understand."
ABC News adds that Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider says both the former vice president and his wife Tipper work out of the mansion -- activity that presumably pushes up electricity use there.
Missing from much of the coverage is information on what the Tennessee Center is and who's behind it. Liberal bloggers at Seeing the Forest say it claims "to be non-partisan but only link(s) to far-right and conservative groups so regardless of what their status is with the IRS, this is a conservative, strongly-leaning Republican organization."
Indeed, among the links at the center's website are ones to the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute.
Memeorandum has other links to what's being said about all this.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Gore Reveals Climate Concerts

CBS News RAW: Former Vice President Al Gore announced a series of concerts to raise awareness on the threat of climate change. He also declared that he would not be running for president again.

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Prize To Save Planet

Former Vice President Al Gore and Virgin CEO Richard Branson tell Harry Smith about a $25 million prize they are offering to fight global warming.

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'The Early Show' Online

Friday's stories: Al Gore and Virgin CEO Richard Branson discuss global warming; Dr. Christine Lay has tips for fighting headaches at work; David Stark shares easy Valentine's Day decorating tips.

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Pelosi On Global Warming

CBS News RAW: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants the House to pass a global warming bill by June.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth'? -- $30,000 Utility Bill

Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is trying to make that very home emblematic of what it deems Gore's environmental hypocrisy.
Armed with Gore's utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.
"If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules."
Scoffed a former Gore adviser in response: "I think what you're seeing here is the last gasp of the global warming skeptics. They've completely lost the debate on the issue so now they're just attacking their most effective opponent."

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Friday, February 2, 2007

Weekend Roundup: Deadly Storms

Only On The Web: Dan Raviv recaps the week's top stories, including the deadly storms in Florida, a grim report on global warming, and Super Bowl XLI.

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Conference On Global Warming

About 25,000 scientists from 113 nations convened to discuss global warming and who is to blame for it. Charlie D'Agata reports that their findings revealed some very real fears for the future.

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Report: Global Warming Real

An international panel of scientists representing 113 governments released a significant report on the global warming. According to the report, man is to blame. Mark Phillips reports.

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Conference On Global Warming

About 25,000 scientists from 113 nations convened to discuss global warming and who is to blame for it. Charlie D'Agata reports that their findings revealed some very real fears for the future.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Grim Report On Global Warming

In an upcoming report, top climate scientists are expected to blame human activity for global warming and warn of terrible consequences if nothing is done. Mark Phillips reports.

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