Iain Dale added to the Green debate with his attack on Al Gore, commenting that he would be addressing the Shadow Cabinet:
He will no doubt be instructing them all on the art of preaching climate change religion bollocks while at the same time creating a carbon footprint the size of a mammoth's.
I made a milder remark about Gore on the same day.
I was interested to read from Iain that:
It's a little known fact that George W Bush's Texas ranch is very environmentally friendly.
I googled this and came up with this interesting article from CNSnews.
Bush's Crawford ranch has indeed been hailed as "eco-friendly haven" with grey/black water recycling and geothermal heating/cooling system. That's interesting given his anti-Kyoto stance.
Gore, on the other hand, has been accused of consuming "more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year."
However, David Roberts, staff writer for the online environmental magazine Grist criticised this slamming of Gore:
It was unfair, he said, to compare Gore's electrical consumption to the national average, which "includes apartments and trailer homes and is an average across all climatic zones, some of which are quite temperate."Gore and his wife, Tipper, "both work out of their house" and "have special security measures for an ex-vice president, all of which naturally increases the electricity use in the home," Roberts added.Moreover, Gore "pays almost a 50 percent premium to buy the 'green power' offered from his electrical company," which generates its voltage from hydroelectric and nuclear power rather than coal, he said."If every national leader did as much as Al Gore does to ameliorate their impact on the climate, the world would be a much better place."
So all, is not what it seems.