Sunday, April 22, 2007

Energy Crisis

What energy crisis???? I can afford it!!!
This just has to be made up!!!

HOUSE # 1:
A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas.Add
on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas.
In one month alone this mansion consumes more energy than the average
American household in an entire year. The average bill for electricity and
natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last
time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the
national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or
Midwestern“snow belt,” either. It’s in the South.

HOUSE # 2:
Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university,
this house incorporates every “green” feature current home construction
can provide.The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is
nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central
closet in the households geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in
winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or
natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a
conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is
collected and funneled into a 25,000
gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets
goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The
collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house.
Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the
surrounding rural landscape.

(20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville,Tennessee. It
is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and filmmaker) Al Gore.

(model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford,Texas. Also
known as “the Texas White House,” it is the private residence of the
President of the United States, George W. Bush.

So whose house is gentler on the environment?

Yet another story you WON’T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read
about in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Indeed, for Mr. Gore,
it’s truly “an inconvenient truth.”

Thanks Ralph B.

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