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Today’s Commentary:  Al Gore, Man/Bear/Super Energy Hog  — Obama pushing former Governor — President Trump’s Boy Scouts speech — Democrat IT scandal — Powerful testimony  — News Bits 
 Scientology founder and sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard reportedly once said, “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” Some people dispute that quote, but there’s no disputing that Al Gore took it to heart. He helped combine sci-fi and religion to create doomsday environmentalism. Thanks to connections and his endless sermonizing at the rest of us to start living like cavemen or the skies will burn and the seas will swallow us up, his fortune has exploded from $2 million when he left the Vice Presidency to an estimated $300 million today. But we shouldn’t begrudge him his success because it turns out he needs a very large fortune if for no other reason than to pay his electric bill.
To coincide with the release of Gore’s latest scare movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the National Center for Public Policy Research decided to investigate the truth about Gore’s own power bill. As this article notes, in 2007, he was slammed for having an energy hog mansion that used 20 times more power than the average American home. So he installed $250,000 worth of solar panels and other green updates. But that wasn’t nearly enough to offset his voracious appetite for electricity.
This report found that despite his claim that he uses 100% renewable energy, all those solar panels produce just 5.7% of the power needed for his massive home. Ninety-seven percent of the rest comes from nuclear, coal, natural gas and dams, the same power sources every other Nashville resident relies on, if there’s any left over for them after Al is done. He now burns about 21 times as much power as the average American home. His average monthly electric bill is over $1800, and just in September, he used nearly three times as much power as a typical home does in a year. Heating his outdoor pool alone used as much energy as six typical American homes. That’s not just an energy hog, it’s an energy Moby Dick. And this is just his Tennessee house. It doesn’t include the energy needed to power his seaside (!) California villa or all the energy he expends jetting around to lectures and environmental conferences (hey, they have this thing now called Skype! Look into it!)
As Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has occasion to say on nearly a daily basis, “I’ll believe the environment is a crisis when the people who claim it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”
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