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Going After Politicos Who Waste

First of all, my apologies for not being on the radio today. Tom and I had a mandatory staff retreat to attend for Clear Channel. We’ll back on the air on Thursday. We’ll start another round of free lunches for Edna Valley and Tom and I will host another lunch there in late March. We had a nice lunch today and we appreciate the great spread the folks at EVM put on for the KVEC listeners. Check it out.

Meanwhile, Rush and Sean are having a field day with global warming and accusations that Al Gore is a hypocrite. Now articles have come out questioning the use of private jets by Arnold and Sen. Feinstein and detailing the amount of fuel they waste.

But conservative talk radio has zeroed in on Gore and this study by this group in Tennessee on his energy usage. I’m, posting this brief summary of the article below and welcome your comments about politicos wasting energy and global warming in general.

“Al Gore, a leading voice against global warming, is being criticized by a conservative group that claims his Nashville mansion uses too much electricity. A Gore spokeswoman said the former vice president invests in enough renewable energy to make up for the home’s power consumption.

The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research issued a statement saying Gore was not doing enough to reduce his own electricity consumption. The group disputes that global warming is a serious problem.

Utility records show the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.

The Gores used about 191,000 kilowatt hours in 2006, according to bills reviewed by The Associated Press. The typical Nashville household uses about 15,600 kilowatt-hours per year.

The group said that Gore used nearly 221,000 kilowatt hours last year and that his average monthly electric bill was $1,359. Johnson said his group got its figures from Nashville Electric Service.

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said: “Sometimes when people don’t like the message, in this case that global warming is real, it’s convenient to attack the messenger.”

Kreider said Gore purchases enough energy from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and methane gas to balance 100 percent of his electricity costs.

Gore, who owns homes in Carthage, Tenn., and in the Washington area, has said he leads a “carbon-neutral lifestyle.” To balance out other carbon emissions, the Gores invest money in projects to reduce energy consumption, Kreider said.”

  1. Anonymous
    March 1, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Doesn’t Sean Hannity fly private jets, too? I don’t recall him be a commercial flight kid of guy.

  2. Bob from San Luis
    March 1, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Let’s see, after Gore’s Oscar was announced;

    The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research put out a news release saying Gore was not doing enough to reduce his own consumption of electricity.

    “We wanted to see if he was living by his own recommendations and walking the walk,” said Drew Johnson, president of the think tank that pushes for conservative economic issues.

    The think tank said Gore used nearly 221,000 kilowatt hours last year and that his average monthly electric bill was $1,359. Johnson said his group got its figures from Nashville Electric Service.

    But electric company spokeswoman Laurie Parker said the utility never got a request from the policy center and never provided them with any information.

    Interesting. The so called liberal media has been reporting all of this “researched” information about Al Gore, but the utility company has no records of anyone requesting the actual information.

    Good to see the “press” is doing it’s usual fine job.

    Link here to the article I pulled those paragraphs from, if you want to read it for yourself.

  3. Mother Gaia
    March 1, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    To me, the most important things to note are the fact that Gore’s people didn’t deny the claim and that Gore has been going around telling everyone else on the planet to cut their consumption but he feels free to use as much as he wants because he has purchased those bogus “carbon offsets”.

    Since this affects me more than anyone else (just ask Gore), I have to tell you that Gore is a hypocrite for not reducing his consumption but wanting you all to cut yours so he can benefit from the net effect and claim he is doing something for me. I don’t really care one way or the other because I will always be here, but don’t dump toxic waste on me and tell me it’s just chocolate syrup, okay?

  4. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 1, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    The whole point that I and others have been making about Gore is that he thinks YOU should ride the bus, YOU should not fly let alone fly private jet, and YOU should live in a very small house while HE is of the class of folks that need to have the big house, cars, and fly in total comfort.

    We are not against private jets, houses, or cars. We are not against efficiency. We are just pointing out that as far as leading by example, GWB’s house in Texas is much more environmentally friendly that Al Gore or Edwards or Sonny Bono’s houses I am sure. Who is the hypocrite?

    Just because you sing in the choir does not make you a Christian.

    Before you even stat the Carbon Neutral BS, come on. So I can BUY off someone to not pollute so I CAN pollute? What a total scam and total joke.

  5. Bob from San Luis
    March 1, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    New Tone: Again, you want to shoot the messenger, not listen to the message (concerning Al Gore). If anybody has learned something so far, I would bet Al Gore is taking a hard look at what else he can do to “walk the walk” about being more green. I wonder how many people had even heard of “carbon offsets” before Al Gore introduced most of us to the concept. And I am not suggesting that Mr. Gore was not being hypocritical by getting all of his green ducks in a row before he started promoting his global warming film. The whole point is that we all can learn how to reduce our “footprint” so that we make less of an impact on our ecosystem, we just need to know how, and given an incentive as to why we should care.
    By the way New Tone, very mature of you to mock Ben and King’s morning program; have you thought of launching your own radio show?

  6. Anonymous
    March 1, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    The master of bullshit Al Gore.
    What about the president of the Virginia ACLU being arrested for child porn after he argued in front of Supreme Court that library computers should not have internet restrictions on them, and he won! Hmm, wonder what other things these creeps up to next?

  7. golfingslo
    March 1, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Bob from SLO. The easist and cheapest way to lower your carbon footprint is reduce usage. I commend Al Gore for buy green credits (which by the way I have known about long before Al gore and his movie). But when you allegedlly use more than 10 times the average household in Nashville, I say conservation should be your first step. He is just being wasteful. Buying any amount of creidts doesn’t justify being wasteful.

  8. Moe Greene of the Tropicana
    March 1, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    I think that the concept of credits and offsets defeats the very concept of conservations. Actually, offsets and credits is counter-intuitive to the very notion of conservation. All offsets and credits do is maintain a steady-state of the environment because there is no net change one way or the other. So if the environment is half as bad as Al says it is, he is maintaining that sorry state with offsets and credits.

    I have five big trees growing on my property and therefore I am carbon neutral. Does that mean I get to pollute and drive my big honken SUVs as much as I want and still call myself a conservationist?

    Which brings us to the hypocracy. Since he does not practice any of what he preachs, his hypocracy is even more onerous because, as others have said, he needs us to conserve so his offsets and credits will mean something enabling him to pollute and discharge greenhouse gases as much as HE wants. That goes for the Governator as well.

  9. Marilyn
    March 1, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    I think the issue is that most people of wealth and power do live lives that encourage wastefulness. Why should small families live in large mansions and own private jets anyway? All are part of the problem and we are too if we justify the lifestyle of anyone who chooses to live like that, whether rich or poor.

    How about more public transportation for the politicians in D.C. They do it in London and other European cities. If it is good for a minister in London to ride the bus or the tube, heck it is good for out congressmen to do the same.

  10. Anonymous
    March 1, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Well…GEE!! YIPPEE!! At least MOST of us AGREE on SOMETHING!!

    How about that for refreshing!!

    Now I’d better go get my clothes off the clothesline…& enjoy the sunshine! Wonder if AL uses a clothesline??!! HAH!! (Probably against the law in his neighborhood)

  11. Anonymous
    March 1, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    What are you talking aobut? Al’s place IS the neighborhood.

  12. Anonymous
    March 2, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Al Gore’s bullshit leaves a carbon bill that nobody can pay.
    Liberals need to feel good, but this guy’s shame, always has been.

  13. Marilyn
    March 2, 2007 at 1:46 am

    Gore is being targeted because of his political background and the diligence with which he speaks out for changes to alleviate global warming. The attacks against him are ridiculous at best.

    Sure, he may live a lifestyle that is not completely environment friendly, but who really is in this country?

    Every purchase we make, every trip we take by car or airplane, including those for recreation, and every time we eat at a fast food restaurant, we are contributing to waste and gluttony. Have you looked at the amount of garbage we produce?

    At least Gore should be commended for trying to look at the problem and possible solutions. This is an issue that goes beyond “liberal” or “conservative;” it is a planetary issue and a potential catastrophe for all life. This is not the forum to take out one’s frustrations for partisan reasons.

    I say, let’s all put our actions where our mouths are and insist that more public transportation be provided for commuting to work.

    Let’s also stop manufacturing all the weapons that are polluting the environment with chemical and radioactive isotopes. No one is even touching that one. Over 40 countries around the world are contaminated with depleted uranium. The half life of radioactive uranium is 4 billion years.

    We should also stop traveling abroad frivolously, that will cut down on the amount of gasoline we consume. But, do you really think the petroleum conglomerates and the military-industrial complex will even help with that one?

    England, Holland, and Venice are already planning ways to alleviate the flooding that is increasingly taking place due to the rise in sea level.

    Pretty soon we will be paying an arm and a leg for drinking water courtesy of globalization, privatization of natural resources, the increase in world population, shrinking resources, and the rise in water contamination.

    But, no, let’s only blame Gore for global warming when only two months ago we were taunting about how this imminent catastrophe was a “hoax.”

    At least Gore is educating people and proposing ways to fix the problem. What have each and every one of us done to help?

  14. Anonymous
    March 2, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Well Marilyn etal….

    As I said earlier…I dry my clothes out in the sunshine & the breeze which we had plenty of today.

    I’ve been recycling for years…& have very little trash…

    I ride my bicycle & walk quite a bit & don’t drive a gas guzzler…

    Yes I use those funny lightbulbs too….even though they take a while to light.

    Hey & I use candles…

    I’ve been known to catch the water in a bucket, while waiting for the warm to come on & use this for watering the garden instead of letting it run down the drain.

    I’ve always been one to conserve…& I am a Conservative. So though the message is important…I think the hypocracy of Al Gore is the problem. He’s made it political. And if he truly believes in his message, then he wouldn’t have the huge utility bills he has. He wouldn’t be buying credits from those of us who DO use a lot less, he would be trying to keep his usage to a minimum to move the effort that much more forward.

    Many of us have been doing this for YEARS, because it’s the responsible thing to do….so why OH why DOES Al Gore NEED such a flagrantly wasteful lifestyle?

    So basically he’s hypocritcal & that is what causes the CAUSE to be buried by his motive. He wants to so much be a ROCK STAR….but sadly he just doesn’t measure up.

    IF he really believed….then he would DOWNSIZE dramatically to be a role model.

  15. Bob from San Luis
    March 2, 2007 at 3:45 am

    `Perhaps Al Gore (son of a US Senator) was never exposed to a simpler lifestyle while growing up and didn’t question his lifestyle until he started on his lecture and the film. Perhaps he has made some changes already but does not feel a need to proclaim them loudly to the media. I do think that all who can afford to should do everything they can to make whatever house they live in more “green”. Installing photovoltaic cells, maybe a solar water heater, building for solar gain, insulating to maximum R-value, converting all of your incandescent bulbs to either florescent or the upcoming new energy champion, L.E.D. bulbs that convert some 95 – 97 % of the energy to light would be the thing to do, if you can afford to do so. We once had a President who brought forth tax credits for installing solar panels and what not, but the current occupants of the White House, coming from the energy business, have no interest in pursuing any incentive programs like that today. Could Al Gore be more “green” in his lifestyle? Absolutely. I wonder who is the most “green” lifestyle advocate on the right?

  16. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 2, 2007 at 4:32 am

    The Rev. Al Gore (Son of a Senator) is really a Son of a Bitch. He is the son of a racist pig. Here are the facts about the racist Al Gore Sr. whom Al Gore Jr. LIED about him losing his senate seat for supporting civil rights. What a joke.

    Inform yourself, so you can learn for yourself about this important historical event. All official records about the Civil Rights Act can be found in the June 1964 issues of Congressional Quarterly.

    Al Gore, Sr. did not stop at simply voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, Congressional Quarterly reported that Gore attempted to send the Act to the Senate Judiciary Committee with an amendment to say “in defiance of a court desegregation order, federal funds could not be held from any school districts.” Gore sought to take the teeth out of the Act in the event it passed.

    Ostensibly, Senator Gore was “elated” at the idea of young Al, Jr. going to school with black children. In reality, however, the future vice president attended an elite private school.

    In the end, the Gore Amendment was defeated by a vote of 74-25. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, one of President Bill Clinton’s political mentors, was among the 23 southern Democratic senators and only one Republican voting with Gore for this racist amendment.


  17. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 2, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Letterman and his writers. The December 3, 1999 Top Ten list demonstrates:

    Top Ten Other Achievements Claimed By Al Gore

    10. Was first human to grow an opposable thumb

    9. Only man in world to sleep with someone named “Tipper”

    8. Current Vice President – Moesha fan club

    7. He invented the dog

    6. While riding bicycle one day, accidentally invented the orgasm

    5. Pulled U.S. out of early 90’s recession by personally buying 6,000 T-shirts

    4. Starred in CBS situation comedy with Juan Valdez, “Juan for Al, Al for Juan”

    3. Was inspiration for Ozzy Osboune song “Crazy Train”

    2. Came up with popular catchphrase “Don’t go there, girlfriend”

    1. Gave mankind fire

  18. Anonymous
    March 2, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Typical freaking liberals: rationalize, justify and just plain hypocritical LIBERAL behavior and in the next breath excoriate every Republican/Conservative hypocracy, like Rev Haggard, real or imagined. You liberal excuse mongers are just as bad as that son of racist pig hypocrite peice of crap.

  19. rob in los osos
    March 2, 2007 at 5:20 am

    I am sorry. I am being too hard on you dude. Please accept my apolagies. I was being a smart assed punk.

  20. the newt one of san luis obstinate
    March 2, 2007 at 5:20 am

    has anyone else noticed how much of a red herring the right wing conservocrats are dragging across the global warming trail? Are they free thinkers or do they just read the daily conservative talking points?

  21. Anonymous
    March 2, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Do people note that anyone from the mic to signing the checks is NOT from San Luis Obispo on KVEC.
    HometownRadio makes Al Gore look like a fitness freak.

  22. FM. Uslim
    March 2, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Hey Dave,
    Love the show.
    Any chance to get Lois Capps, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein on a round table talking about the war on “terror”.

  23. Dave Congalton
    March 2, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Hey Anonymous —

    What does it matter that no one on KVEC is from San Luis Obispo? Who cares? Ben Greenaway was born and raised in Atascadero. I’ve been here 20 years. King has been here more than ten. Tom more than 15. What’s your point?

  24. Dave Congalton
    March 2, 2007 at 6:55 am

    A lot of comments being deleted on this thread.

    First, this is not the place, New Tone, to whine aobut the morning news team. If you, or anyone, has programming complaints about KVEC, direct them to richhawkins@clearchannel.com.

    Second, the dueling Robs need to take their diatribe over to The Tribune blog — they could use the action. If you start getting silly, you’re out. Plain and simple.

    So can we get back to the subject at hand, please?

  25. Bob from San Luis
    March 2, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Wow Dave, ten deleted comments so far on one thread; good on ya’ for staying on top of it.

    How green are you (everybody, not just Dave)? How green are those that you look up to and admire? Don’t you think that we all could benefit from trying to improve our greenness? It would seem that every single little thing that one can do reduce our “footprint” helps, even if just a little bit. Do you make several small trips a day in your car when you could maybe schedule your trips so that you could make fewer trips. Do you run your clothes or dish washer with only full loads? There are so many ways that we all can reduce the amount of energy we use which, even with nuclear power generation for our electrical needs locally will still reduce carbon emissions. Anonymous number three of this thread, good for you that you use a clothesline instead of a dryer and your other conservation efforts. Yes, Al Gore would be much less of a hypocrite if he lived more like Ed Begley Jr.
    I read an letter to the editor of “Fine Homebuilding” recently where someone was criticizing the “McMansion” movement because of the houses requiring a 400 amp electrical service, double the 200 amp that most single family homes use. I wonder if Al Gore uses that much, or how about Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, etc, etc. My main point here is that we can all stand to improve how green we are; so start being more green instead of simply pointing out how much of a hypocrite Al Gore is/has been. He is only one person, we are many so we collectively can make a bigger contribution.

  26. the man in the white coat
    March 2, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Lisening to Rush the other day (on 920 KVEC, thank you very much) he told his audience that President Bush’s Crawford ranch was a 100 times more green than Gore’s or Edwards’ houses could ever be. Don’t believe me? You can read about it at: http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0429-03.htm

    My question: Will you give Bush credit for being green(er than you thought) or will he somehow be hated for that too?

  27. golfingslo
    March 2, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Why do people bash Rush and Sean on this topic. They are not the ones out there beating the drum on energy usage, Al Gore is. The hypocrisy comes from preaching a way of life for everyone else and not living that way, that is the hypocrisy of Al Gore. Plain and simple and there is NO excuse for it.

  28. rob in los osos
    March 2, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    good point golf

    sean and rush would never distort facts or twist things to reflect their politics, and they’re certainly not attacking gore because of who he is.

  29. golfingslo
    March 2, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Rob in LO. When did I say Rush and Sean NEVER distort or twist facts as you imply in your post?

  30. Anonymous
    March 2, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    Golf: It’s called “sarcasm”; the left’s favorite device.

  31. Anonymous
    March 3, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    ‘its … the lefts favorite device’

    that’s because ‘the right’ has no sense of irony or, for that matter, humor.

  32. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 3, 2007 at 6:31 pm


    After reading your posts about Hezbozo we can assure you that we are very aware of the garbage that is produced. Much of it by your wacko views about the murderous and sad group of militants that is named Hezbolla. THeir organization was started with the intent of destroying Israel.

    The token humanitarian services they provide are all about manipulating the population such as you to curry favoritism from people like you who are either unable to see the big picture, or stand to gain power from their antics. Are you a paid propagandist or are you spreading Hexbolla propaganda out of ignorance Marilyn? I am dying to know! I mean that as a manner of speaking Marilyn, please don’t send a child-bomber that your friends have brainwashed to come blow me up ok?

    Have a nice day Mary!

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