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Critics question how green Gore really is

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Detroit Free Press – February 27, 2007

An interesting commentary on the use of power by staunch environmentalist, Vice President Al Gore. It seems that even after the success of his film “An Inconvenient Truth”, Vice President Gore has increased the power footprint at his primary residence.

The home’s average monthly electric bill last year was just under $1,200, according to bills that the Tennessean acquired from Nashville Electric Service.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. That’s a total of $432 a month Gore paid extra for solar or other renewable energy sources.

NES gets its electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Most is produced from coal, which emits carbon, a greenhouse gas. A lesser amount comes from nuclear power and a small amount from hydroelectric.

What they found is someone whose home uses as much power in a month as an average family would use in a year, he said.

In addition to the electric bill, the natural gas bill for Gore’s home and guesthouse ran $1,080 per month last year, Johnson said.

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