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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Gore and everyone else: walk your green talk

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is right to question Al Gore's personal energy consumption in the wake of his well-publicized efforts to raise awareness of global warming. In my opinion, anyone advocating a strong public policy position or philosophy ought to be willing to subject himself or herself to this kind of scrutiny:

[TCPR president Drew Johnson said,]"We went into this just asking the question, 'Is the leader of the environmental movement basically living up to his word? Given that he's a Tennessean, I thought it's a question we should ask."
I'm sure the Gores can do more to save their own little corner of the world, and they should, but it sounds like they are doing a decent amount, despite reports yesterday to the contrary. In addition to voluntarily purchasing blocks of green power from Nashville Electric Service in recent months, the Gores also have done the following, according to The Tennessean's Anne Paine:
They use compact fluorescent light bulbs and are in the midst of a renovation project that includes having solar panels installed on their home to reduce fossil fuel consumption ... Their car? A Lexus hybrid SUV... [They also participate in a process known as carbon emissions offset, which] means figuring out how much carbon is emitted from their power use, and vehicle and plane travel, then paying for projects that will offset that with use of renewable energy, such as solar power."
Could the Gores do more? I'm sure they could, and so could I.

[Asides to TCPR: Thanks for hiring Trent Seibert and keeping him around. How about an RSS feed for your Web site, too?]

1 comment:

green_dudes said...

I'm sure that there are hundreds of thousands people who would like to be greener but cannot afford it. For those who are really serious about green living there is a competition where 40 of you could receive $19,000 to improve your ecological living. Rules are simple - you must really care about our environment.
Remember: Individuals can make change