Leave it to Al Gore to bring me out from under my rock...
But really, who knew that the global warming he's trying to warn us against has actually been caused by his own hot air?
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions, issued a press release late Monday:
Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.
Gore's mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).
In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 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.
Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore's energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.
Gore's extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore's mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.
"As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use," said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.
In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.
And he'd have us believe that George Bush and the current administration are our country's biggest advocates of global warming. And he wants you to conserve energy. Yeah, ok.
Let me ask you this, Mr. Gore, were those stretch limos that you and your Hollywood greenies arrived in last night hybrids? Didn't think so.
Curiously, it was Gore and his wife that almost brought me out of hiding the week before last after I saw them back stage at the Grammy Awards. Tipper was gushing--yes, gushing--over Chris Rock, as well as Queen Latifah. I threw up a little in my mouth watching the Queen of Censorship bat her eyelashes in the faces of today's pop culture icons.
I only wish she'd have run into Prince so he could have asked if her daughter has recovered since being scarred for life by "Darling Nikki."
Prince, incidentally, is the size of my pinky finger.
Check out Megadeath's song for Tipper: