Group questions level of energy use at Gore home – Nashville, Tennessee – Tuesday, 02/27/07 –
“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk (the) walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, identified as a free-market think tank.

Gore’s power bill shows, however, that the former vice president may be doing just that.

Gore purchased 108 blocks of “green power” for each of the past three months, according to a summary of the bills.

So, Gore is absolved of using 20 times the energy of a typical home because he pays extra for “green power,” eh?

So, do most people realize this is just an energy shell game? Whether Al Gore pays the extra amount to salve his conscience has no bearing on where the power is actually created. The overall balance of “green” energy creation is the same whether Al Gore pays this premium or not. This is a fairly typical liberal strategy to make themselves feel good about something without actually doing anything substantive. Al Gore paying this surcharge makes not one watt of difference in how much energy is created by windmills, solar collectors or nasty coal-fired power plants.

And the power that is actually delivered just comes off the grid anyway, so to suggest that Al Gore is getting power from “green sources” because he pays this surcharge is simply ignorant.

As I said, it’s a liberal feel-good shell game.