If you’re looking for a way to discredit Al Gore, then yes. It is ironically hypocritical that he lives in a mansion with high electric bills. I was disappointed myself when I first learned about it (and then learned about Bush’s low-energy ranch home)…but these are not grounds to dismiss the work he’s done, and they’re certainly not grounds to disregard the urgency of the climate crisis.
If it helps any, snopes has discovered that these stories about Gore’s hypocrisy are more slander than they are realistic (who would have guessed?). Their home is large and uses a lot of energy, but they pay extra to get this energy from renewable resources and are constantly making improvements to make the house more green. Also, they both work from home, so its a home and a workspace (they don’t waste any energy during a daily commute! Ha ha.)
It’s also important to note that after receiving criticism for the energy costs of the mansion, Al Gore made a series of eco-friendly renovations. He has installed solar panels, a rainwater-collection system and geothermal heating. He also replaced all incandescent lights with compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode bulbs. These changes reduced his mansion’s energy consumption by an admirable 11%, making it more efficient than many other Nashville homes.
It would be difficult for anyone to not be a hypocrite at any point in their lives. This is true for environmental celebrities as well. No one can be perfect, but the main thing to me is that they are doing everything they are capable of. Al Gore has done a lot, but that doesn’t mean that that evens out any excessive consumption he partakes in. He is just as guilty as any other person doing the same thing, but not necessarily more guilty. He shouldn’t be pinned for it more harshly than others (who aren’t getting any bad rap). He has put effort into offsetting his lifestyle, and he has been crucial for the movement. We can always do a little more, so let’s give him a chance to do that. What are you doing? Keeping this discussion up will push people to do more, so that is good too.
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