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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