Speaking of Inconvenient Truths

Everyone is abuzz today about Al Gore’s “documentary” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary last night. Brandon summed up all the press fairly well:

In case you needed more evidence that liberalism thrives in Hollywood; and, in case you needed more evidence that the Academy Awards is rife with liberal politics: in a stunning turn of non-surprise, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” won the Oscar for “Best Documentary.”

To my knowledge, this is the first completely fiction movie to win “Best Documentary.”

So, imagine my surprise when I hopped over to Drudge Report tonight and found this utterly hilarious press release issued today by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

February 26, 2007

For Further Information, Contact:
Nicole Williams, (615) 383-6431
editor -a t – tennesseepolicy dot org

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”
Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’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, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.

“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 Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

I have no idea how they got their hands on such figures, but I’m glad they did. Here on the right, we couldn’t make that stuff up if we wanted to.