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A Tale of Two Houses..

Which of the two houses below belongs to the environmentalist?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Al Gore's mansion
Here's the view from the gate
(picture above)
Backyard including terrace and pool area
(picture below)
Pictures from: pajamasmedia.com
Al Gore's mansion
George Bush's Ranch

Above: President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard walk along a gravel road past Bush's old house following an overnight stay at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Saturday, May 3, 2003. During a joint news conference, Bush thanked Howard for the help of Australia's military in the war against Iraq. (AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite)

Below: President Bush, second from left in brown coat, stands out in front of his ranch house as he awaits the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putin in Crawford, Texas, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)


George Bush's Ranch

House Number One

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 this residence consumes more   energy than the average American household does in a  year.  The average bill for electricity and natural gas  runs over $2400.  In natural gas alone, this property consumes  more  than 20 times the national average for an American home.  This house is not situated  in a Northern or Midwestern "snow belt" area. It's in the South.    


House Number Two

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university.  This house  incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can  provide.  The house is  4,000 square feet ( 4 bedrooms ) and  is nestled on a high prairie in the American  southwest.  A central closet in the house holds  geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk  300 feet into the  ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F. )  heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer.  The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter 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.   Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the  surrounding rural landscape.      

House number one is outside of Nashville , Tennessee; it is the abode of  the  "environmentalist" Al Gore.    

House number two is on  a ranch near Crawford, Texas ; it is the residence the of the President of the United States , George W. Bush.   

An "inconvenient truth". 

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