Au­dit­ing Al

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That was Im­pe­rial Col­lege of Science and Ox­ford-ed­u­cated Iain Murray, se­nior fel­low in en­ergy, science and tech­nol­ogy at the Com­pet­i­tive En­ter­prise In­sti­tute, de­liv­er­ing a Her­itage Foun­da­tion lec­ture April 29 on his new book, “The Real In­con­ve­nient Truths: Seven En­vi­ron­men­tal Catas­tro­phes Lib­er­als Don’t Want You To Know About — Be­cause They Helped Cause Them.”

You can read all seven catas­tro­phes in the book, but as for one of them, Mr. Murray ad­dresses Al Gore’s “cru­sade” against global warm­ing and as an aside ex­am­ines whether the for­mer vice pres­i­dent prac­tices what he preaches. He does, doesn’t he? “Of course not,” says the au­thor. “At the end of ‘An In­con­ve­nient Truth,’ Al Gore out­lines some things the in­di­vid­ual can do to ‘make a dif­fer­ence’ about global warm­ing. First and fore­most among th­ese is cut­ting the en­ergy you use at home.

“The Ten­nessee Cen­ter for Pol­icy Re­search per­formed a home en­ergy au­dit on the for­mer vice pres­i­dent and re­vealed him to be a Class A hyp­ocrite,” Mr. Murray states. “In 2006, Gore de­voured nearly 221,000 kilo­watt-hours (kWh) — more than 20 times the na­tional av­er­age. Last Au­gust alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh — guz­zling more than twice the elec­tric­ity in one month than an av­er­age Amer­i­can fam­ily uses in an en­tire year.

“As a re­sult of his en­ergy con­sump­tion, Gore’s av­er­age monthly elec­tric bill topped $1,359.”

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Kilo­watts don’t lie: For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore is a “Class A hyp­ocrite” when it comes to cut­ting en­ergy use, says Iain Murray of the Com­pet­i­tive En­ter­prise In­sti­tute.

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