Monday, February 18, 2008

Do as I say, not as I do

House #1

A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 12 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in the Northern or Midwestern "Snow Belt" area. It is in the South.

House # 2

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university. This house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie in the American southwest A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. ! The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE # 1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee; it is the abode of the "environmentalist" Al Gore .

HOUSE # 2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas: It is the residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush. TRUE

HT Nate K


atherton said...

I'd suggest you set up your comparison a little more fairly. You need to compare apples to apples.

Al Gore has a primary residence where he works, lives, entertains, has staff quarters, has a pool, where his wife has an office, where her staff works, etc. It's in Nashville.

George W. Bush has a primary residence where he works, lives, entertains, has staff quarters, has a pool, where his wife has an office, where her staff works, etc. It's called the White House.

Now, if you wanted to make a fair comparison, you would contrast those two. Or, if you'd prefer:

Al Gore has a getaway residence, a farm in Carthage, Tenn. That's where he spends weekends, Thanksgiving, etc.

George W. Bush has a getaway residence, a ranch in Crawford, Texas. That's where he spends weekends, Thanksgiving, etc.

If you want to be fair, compare the two men's lifestyles fairly. Otherwise, you're just taking potshots.

jroosh said...

atherton, you are abosolutely right! that you mention it, the comparison is moot.

Algore is a hypocrite based solely on his lifestyle alone, without comparison.

If he really cared (no! - weeps) for the environment, he would live his life in a way congruent with his pleadings.

In fact, if you had to contrive a lifestyle more in defiance of his asertions, you couldn't depict a lifestyle more out of allignment than his own.

Add in his worldwide tour of petrol-swilling rockstars and it would represent a parody of monumental proportions if it weren't actually true!

atherton said...

By this last post, jroosh has made it obvious the actual purpose of the original "comparison," namely an ad hominem attack on Gore.

Having lost the argument on global warming on its merits, Gore's opponents are thus reduced to personal attacks and to braying and hyperventilating about the horrors of his flying on planes and even using electricity.

The smoldering ire of Gore-hatred must have its roots in the "election" of 2000 when the man we now all know as more suited and more capable won the vote but somehow didn't get the office. In the shambles of that decision in which we all live, the dead-end defenders of the ever-miniturizing Bush can't stand the notion that Gore's stature, here and abroad, gains in elevation and esteem by the day.

In fact, the Bush remnant is so fervid in their need to lash out, that they forget how to spell words like absolutely and alignment, how to capitalize and punctuate, and they lose their ability to write very clearly.

jroosh said...

atherton is absolutely correct. I did misspell a couple words.

Bike Bubba said...

Atherton, the ugly reality is that Algore had exactly the same opportunities as the President to have an energy efficient home, and chose not to, despite his rhetoric on global warming. The charge of hypocrisy sticks.

Especially as Bush's Crawford home DOES serve as a place where he entertains visiting dignitaries. Sorry, but the initial comparison is more than apt.

jroosh said...

It isn't unreasonable to expect Algore to put his money where his mouth is. As it stands, he puts everything else there.

How's that for ad hominem?