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post #31 of 42
As this thread "somehow" managed to go completely , I've exercised my and edited some posts, while deleting others.
Please stick to the topic at hand. If you wish to argue about neoconservatives, freedom of religion, , Iraq, Vietnam, or the like, please start another thread.
post #32 of 42
Originally Posted by jcat View Post
(That's an awesome "smilie"!)
post #33 of 42
Thread Starter 
Great smilies J.
post #34 of 42
Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
(That's an awesome "smilie"!)
Another member sent me that, and I had to save it. It speaks volumes.

Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Great smilies J.
Knowing how much time and effort a lot of members put into their posts, I hoped to soften the blow after editing or deleting them. I did so with a heavy heart, because so many excellent points were made, but the thread had become out of control. Those whose posts were "lost" should feel free to PM me. I stand by my decision to edit, but will certainly understand if somebody wants a copy of one of their posts to use in another thread.

As far as global warming is concerned, has anybody read "The Swarm" by Frank Schätzing? It's fiction, and was first published in German, but there's an excellent English translation. I doubt that anybody who has read it could dismiss Gore's fears/claims. There's a lot of science in the novel, and the way some characters are portrayed will certainly lead to accusations of anti-Americanism (General Li, for example), but the book offers an awful lot of food for thought.
post #35 of 42
Originally Posted by catsallover View Post
But this is about Al Gore , so my question is: Why can't he live in a house half that size (which is still bigger than alot of people have- that would 4 bathrooms for 2 or 3 people) and do the same thing? And drive a 4 banger like so many people do, instead of a hybrid SUV, which still doesn't get as good gas milage as the 4 cylinder? It's because he's not as sold out as he wants the rest of us to be, IMO. Change starts at home.
Very well spoken!
post #36 of 42

Some snippets from that article:

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.

The green power Gore purchased in those three months is equivalent to recycling 2.48 million aluminum cans or 286,092 pounds of newspaper, according to comparison figures on NES' Web site.

"Every family has a different carbon footprint," said Kalee Krider, a spokeswoman for Gore. The Gores' 10,000-square-foot house on Lynnwood Boulevard has a large one.

The Green Power Switch program isn't all that Gore and his wife, Tipper, are doing, Krider said.

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, she said.

Their car? A Lexis hybrid SUV.

"They, of course, also do the carbon emissions offset," she said.

That means figuring out how much carbon is emitted from home power use, and vehicle and plane travel, then paying for projects that will offset that with use of renewable energy, such as solar power.
post #37 of 42
Here's an interesting addition:

Maybe he had such a hard time installing those solar panels because his neighbors wouldn't let him.

Adds a little different perspective?
post #38 of 42
Thread Starter 
Seeing as how he has been an environmentalist for years, supposedly, I would have thought he would have gone green years ago but that's just me.
post #39 of 42
Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Seeing as how he has been an environmentalist for years, supposedly, I would have thought he would have gone green years ago but that's just me.
How do you know he didn't? The reports have been about this particular house, which he purchased in 2002, not about previous homes. The house is reportedly 70 years old, so I can sympathize with how difficult it is to make it energy-efficient. Ours was built in 1958/59, and it has been a slow, and extremely costly, process, with an awful lot of red tape involved.
post #40 of 42
Did you... read... the article? He just bought the house five years ago, he may have been trying to install them since. And. It says 100% of his carbon footprint is offset by solar, wind, and methane energy.

So your response doesn't really make any sense. Nowhere does it say these are new.
post #41 of 42
Not only that - but it's only in recent times become possible to start installing things like solar panels and other measures to make your home greener. These technologies just haven't been available in the past. Of if they have, there's been no-one to install them or the cost has been so ridiculously prohibitive that even the wealthy cannot afford it.
post #42 of 42
Thread Starter 
Come on, Algore got caught with his pants down on this issue, you have to admit that. I am glad he is finally making amends, it is about time. And yes, I did read the article, it just didn't change my mind.
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