Environment: Pulling a Gore-House on Harper
March 28, 2007 · By Shane Edwards
If that isn’t obtuse enough…
What I mean is, a few months ago, some enterprising reporters decided to see if Al Gore was a hypocrite in preaching global warming and the need for personal action.Ã‚Â They investigated his property and found out that it was a huge energy sucker – I believe the number was 20 times the average American residence in terms of power use.
So, an enterprising reporter in Canada decided to investigate 24 Sussex to see if the new “Green” Harper was being a hypocrite too.
Guess what?Ã‚Â 24 Sussex uses a lot of power.
Is this comparable?Ã‚Â Not at all.Ã‚Â I mean, we are talking about the official residence of the Prime Minister.Ã‚Â He doesn’t even own the building.Ã‚Â The government operates it, and the building itself is what – a hundred years old?Ã‚Â These homes were not built for fuel efficiency.
Sure, the PM could undertake to get the government agency to update the home so that it is more energy efficient.Ã‚Â It should be noted that the cost to taxpayers would be probably in the tens of thousands (ever look into doing it for your own home?Ã‚Â Ours is only 15 years old and it would take about 10 grand for us!)Ã‚Â But keep in mind even if this is done, his costs will far outstrip the average Canadian home for no other reason than 24 Sussex is not just a residence, it is a museum and a national landmark with guided tours and the works.Ã‚Â It is also heavily secured.Ã‚Â I don’t think Mr. Gore conducts guided tours of his home.
So, ha ha, Star-Phoenix.Ã‚Â Very funny comparing Harper with Gore.Ã‚Â Now get over it and start checking out Stornaway to see what the Green Mr. Dion is doing to save energy.