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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Who's the real activist?

A few weeks ago, A and I went kayaking down the Chattahoochee River. It was the first time for both of us and we had a real blast. When we got to the meeting place that morning, I saw bumper sticker that really hit home for me:

The activist is not the person who screams that the river is dirty,
The activist is the person who actually cleans it up!

This makes so much sense and once again shows the hypocrisy of some of those on the left. In light of this, consider the following:

A Tale of Two Houses

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 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 per month.. 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 #2:

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 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. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape. The heating/cooling system is so efficient that initial plans to install solar panels were cancelled.


HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville , Tennessee ; it is the abode of the 'Environmentalist' Al Gore.
HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford , Texas ;it is the residence of the former President of the United States , George W. Bush.
Yes, it's "An inconvenient truth.."
I bring this up because President Bush has been severely criticized for the past 8 years that his policies were bad for the environment, while Vice President Gore has been proclaimed the savior of the planet. Well in my mind, actions speak louder than words.

Look at these houses... Whose actions do more to protect the environment? Add to it the fact that during the Bush years, the concentration of so-called greenhouse gases in the US were reduced more than in Europe where they embraced heavy handed government tactics that Bush wouldn't accept because they would destroy our economy.

Additionally, keep in mind that one of Bush's last actions as president was to designate the largest marine sanctuary in the world in the Pacific.

These actions are not mentioned in the press. Most people don't know about them and only hear about the dire straights the world is in because Bush let us drive SUV's instead of forcing higher CAFE standards. The environmental alarmists don't want to admit the good that has happened in the past 8 years because they don't want to give George Bush any credit whatsoever.

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