Al Gore has been accused of hypocrisy by a conservative think-tank claiming his estate uses ’21 times more energy’ than the average American home.
The climate change expert and former vice president is accused of ‘guzzling more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years’ in a new report published by the National Center for Public Policy Research.
The center – a self-described ‘conservative, pro-liberty, pro-Constitution think-tank’ – claims the former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours at his lavish, 20-room, 10,070 square-foot mansion in Nashville.
The Energy Information Administration states the ‘average annual electricity consumption for a US residential utility customer was 10,812 kilowatt hours, an average of 901 kWh per month.’
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Al Gore has been accused of hypocrisy by a conservative think-tank claiming his estate uses ’21 times more energy’ than the average American home. Gore is pictured in his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
The NCPPR report, titled ‘Al Gore’s Inconvenient Reality’, goes onto claim in September 2016 – a peak month – the former vice president’s Nashville home consumed 30,993 kWh of electricity.
That figure would be equal to about 34 times the monthly usage rate for the average American home.
The report also claims Gore spends about $22,000 on his electricity bills every year, which equates to more than $1,800 a month.
Drew Johnson, who wrote the NCPPR’s report, claimed he was motivated to look into Gore’s energy use after first seeing the Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, a decade ago.
The new report claims the former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours at his lavish, 20-room, 10,070 square-foot mansion in Nashville. Gore’s Nashville property is pictured
Gore is also accused of burning through 30,993 kWh of electricity in September 2016 – a figure 34 times above the national monthly average
‘I was watching all these celebrities on stage asking Americans to make sacrifices for the environment. You’ve got the Ed Begleys of the world who actually do strive for a carbon footprint of zero, so I wondered if Gore was one of them,’ he told the Hollywood Reporter.
‘It’s frustrating if you’re an environmentalist because Gore sets himself up as a prophet – but he’s actually a fraud and a charlatan.
‘You’ve got to ring the bell of hypocrisy here. It’s like a religious leader cheating on his wife.’
Gore purchased his Nashville home in 2002 for $2.3million. It has 33 solar panels, which the report states would have cost the former vice president ‘an estimated $22,275’.
Drew Johnson (left), who wrote the NCPPR’s report, claimed he was motivated to look into Gore’s energy use after first seeing the Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth
The above GIFs are some of the famous shots from Gore’s first documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. They warn about the dangers of flooding to cities that would be caused by sea level rises
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is due to be released this week
The panels are one thing that has led Gore to say previously his homes are environmentally friendly, but Johnson dismissed that assertion.
‘Even with the greatest benefit of the doubt, you could say he gets to about 20 percent in clean energy,’ he said.
The new report was released ahead of the premiere of Al Gore’s latest film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, on Friday.
Gore has said he hopes some of his ideas will make it into people’s homes.
In it, he says people can help at home by tweaking their thermostats and using LED lighting, but he also advocates people vote for politicians who support renewable energy and keeping pressure up on elected leaders.
The film explores successful efforts around the globe to combat climate change.
This shot is from Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which is set to be released on Friday
Gore is pictured meeting with Justin Trudeau in this shot from his new film, which hits cinemas on Friday
The former vice president has previously compared the climate change battle to that of other ‘great moral causes’ like slavery, gay rights and South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement.
‘The climate movement, not least in cities, is right now in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history,’ he said in Australia last month.
‘The abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and women’s rights, the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa… The movement to stop the toxic phase of the nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement.
‘Some of you may disagree with that. I don’t. I did earlier in my life.
‘But all of these movements have one thing in common. They all have met with ferocious resistance and have generated occasional feelings of despair from those who knew the right direction and wondered whether we could ever get there.’
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