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Angry Black Lady Chronicles (Earth Hour Update)

Is Al Gore an asshole?

ts-al-gore-home-renovationHoly shit, you guys, did you hear about this?  AL GORE DIDN’T TURN OUT ALL OF HIS FUCKING LIGHTS FOR AN HOUR ON SATURDAY!  What a dick.  This is an absolute outrage.  How dare he not turn all of his lights out for an hour?

President of the Tennessee Center For Policy Research Drew Johnson did a drive by of Al Gore’s during Earth Hour:

I pulled up to Al’s house, located in the posh Belle Meade section of Nashville, at 8:48pm – right in the middle of Earth Hour. I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on.

In fact, most of the windows were lit by the familiar blue-ish hue indicating that floor lamps and ceiling fixtures were off, but TV screens and computer monitors were hard at work. (In other words, his house looked the way most houses look about 1:45am when their inhabitants are distractedly watching “Cheaters” or “Chelsea Lately” reruns.)

The kicker, though, were the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore’s mansion.

I [kid] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn’t be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees.

Al’s spokesperson fired back:

The Gores honored Earth Hour by shutting off the lights at their residence. The heating and air conditioning were turned off as well. But more importantly, the Gores live in a Gold LEED certified home, powered by geothermal power. They have undergone renovations to put solar panels on the roof and participate in all of the renewable power programs offered by their local utility. They aren’t perfect, no family is, but they do their best, year-round to try to make a difference at home and across the country to make a difference on the climate crisis.

Not to be outdone, Mr. Johnson responded:

I have time-stamped pictures of the floodlights illuminating Al Gore’s driveway entrance and several trees between 8:40-9:00pm during “Earth Hour,” which is certainly an inconvenient truth for Mr. Gore.

As I said to my friends on my Facebook page (how amusing is it that a Note on my Facebook page is making national news?), the floodlights that usually light up the outside of Mr. Gore’s mansion were dark and most of his inside lights appeared off. But many of his windows were lit with a blue-ish glow that is usually the result of a TV screen or computer monitor.

I understand that when you consume nearly 20 times more electricity than the average American, you can spend all day turning off your lights and still miss a few. I’m sure this was the case for Mr. Gore.

Since this was a Note of my Facebook page and not an official press release, I encourage Mr. Gore to take up any complaints or disputes on the Wall of my Facebook page where it can be appropriately discussed.

Holy shit, y’all!  It’s a Facebook war!


Faux outrage.  Ain’t it grand?  Seems that after Drew Johnson criticized Al Gore for ridiculously high electric bills, Gore went all geothermal on our asses, and now his Tennessee mansion is one of the nation’s most environmentally friendly.

According to msnbc.com,

The former vice president has installed solar panels, a rainwater-collection system and geothermal heating. He also replaced all incandescent lights with compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode bulbs.

So here’s the question (setting aside the fact that the average person doesn’t have the money required to make such drastic renovations).  Is Al Gore a hypocritical douche (of the sort hated by Mae and Squee!-ers, alike)?  Or does his environmental activism and Nobel Prize cancel out any hypocritical mansion-related douchebaggery?

As for the Earth Hour business, it seems to me that Gore was just following the rules.  The folks at Earth Hour never said turn off ALL your lights–just the “non-essential” ones.   They also said to live blog the whole experience which might explain the blue-ish glow Mr. Johnson saw.  And also, as I’ve expressed, Earth Hour is a symbolic act devoid of all meaning, so, you know… who gives a shit?

Also, there’s a photo being circulated on Twitter which is rumored to depict Al Gore’s mansion during Earth Hour:


I’m sorry, but I’m not buying it.  Full Christmas lights in March?  Bitch, please.

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April 1, 2009 - Posted by | Angry Black Lady Chronicles, Culture Critic | , , , ,


  1. that bastard.

    i vote we get together a big pile of his “inconvenient truth” dvds, and have a bonfire which we’ll light using old tires and gasoline, thus releasing noxious fumes into his so called precious ‘atmosphere’. that’ll show him.

    i guess according to mr johnson, all the proactive work that al gore has done and all the awareness he has raised is moot, because he faltered during a moment of commercial hype.

    Comment by karisitah | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  2. Let me get this straight. A man concerned about the earth asked everyone to turn off their nonessential lights as a show of support. Just in case one particular person did not show perfect support, he decided to supervise, because his favorite investigative journalist was busy?

    He got in his car, released harmful gas fumes into the environment, turned on his non-essential headlights and dashboard lights, and stalked a public figure in order to check that the figure was following arbitrary rules that again were completely voluntary and make little to no difference whatsoever to the cause?

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. Bfm:



    We know who the douchebag award really goes to…

    Comment by TheHobo | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  4. BFM: You pointed out something that hadn’t occurred to me. Thanks. What Johnson did is akin to those idiots I see pulling up to recycling depots in SUVs to drop off a couple of pounds of recyclables.

    Also, please note that the TCPR has been thoroughly debunked as a right-wing smear machine. Its earlier criticisms of Gore also have been debunked. In short, the TCPR is full of shit.

    Comment by Run-DMS | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. Yes, but does it recycle that shit into a compost heap? I bet it doesn’t.

    See, the left-wing nuts at least recycle their shit. Eventually, things grow from it…

    Comment by TheHobo | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  6. A yoga centre near my house had a candle-light “Earth Hour” yoga session. I couldn’t stop wondering if the amount of energy expended to make, sell, transport, and light the candles would far outweigh the impact of the electricity that would have just lit the room anyway.

    Comment by vodkafanta | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  7. Let the record stand that W’s house in Crawford is eco-friendly, while Al’s house in Nashville is a vacuum on resources.


    Ugh, it took a lot out of me to type that.

    Comment by tootsie | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  8. The candles were already made, so the carbon footprint is a sunk cost. Someone would have burned them anyway, so why not have at it?

    *sits back and watches ensuing drama*

    Comment by WhoMee | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  9. i’m glad to see that “who gives a shit, earth hour is stupid.”

    i love ye, thundersquee!(ers)!

    Comment by stopthemadness | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  10. ye stm, come on.

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  11. WhoMee, not true, because if candle consumption goes down, so does candle manufacturing. Yes, THOSE candles were made, but what about the future? Esp. in an on-demand inventory supply chain management situation, in which smaller bundles are being shipped at an (arguably) higher carbon footprint.

    It’s like the “Well, it was my Grandma’s fur, so the mink was already dead” argument. Yes, that may be true. But if you, by wearing the fur, are perpetuating the “fur is fashionable” idea, then you are participating in promoting the sale of future furs.

    BTW, I don’t wear fur — not because I am so morally/ethically pure, but because I can’t afford to spend that much money on a coat!!! I do, however, eat meat and wear leather (Chaps. And studded caps. Ok, I have my own “Catwoman” costume, too.)so I’m mostly just arguing the point to argue…I’m contrary that way. Rowr.

    Comment by SeaKat | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  12. glad to see it’s ahead in the poll i mean.

    jeez. this is what happens when you drink PBR for lunch.

    Comment by stopthemadness | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  13. candle consumers vs. candlestick makers.


    Comment by stopthemadness | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  14. WWF Announcer: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Fresh from their tag-team beat-down of crowd favorites, The Butcher and The Baker, The Candlestick Makers are here to take on the Cannnnnnndle Connnnnnsumers!

    ::Crowd roars::

    Candlestick Maker 1: I’m talking to you, Candle Consumers! Better run from this match, because you’re gonna get burned!

    Candlestick Maker 2: We’re unstoppable! We’re ON FIRE!!

    Comment by SeaKat | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  15. Oh my goodness SeaKat! Do you have an alter I can worship at? hahahahahahahahahaha!!! You make my day happy. 🙂

    I’ll light a candle for you! At the altar. What would you like me to sacrifice in your honor?

    Comment by TheHobo | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  16. What I want to know is why did these idiots NOT blow a fuse what with all of their lights, electric devises and everything plugged in and turned on?

    My house blows a fuse if the dryer is running and the fridge kicks on while someone is using the blow dryer in broad daylight.

    Why did they not blow a fuse?! It’s not fair.

    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  17. They upgraded their electrical circuitry with their home equity loans (that they got before they refinanced after the remodel and upgrade was done.) Now they’re paying the minimum every month by credit card and sweating that the adjustable arm is going to go up soon and they can’t refinance because half of the houses in their McDevelopments are in foreclosure and they’re underwater on their loans.

    At least, if karma has anything to say about it, that’s how they did not blow a fuse.


    Comment by SeaKat | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  18. SeaKat, I like it! I don’t feel unfairly treated now.

    Excuse me, I have to turn off the computer so I can microwave my Hot Pocket. Be back in a sec.


    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  19. I truly think a good imagination for horrible backstories is the secret to my general happiness.

    Oh, what’s that? The bitch who just cut me off in traffic is thinner, blonder, younger AND driving a nicer car than me? Oh, hold on. Let me just tell you about what her husband does when he “travels for business!!” (Hint: Tranny clown shoes and stuffed animals come into play. It’s not pretty.)

    Comment by SeaKat | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  20. I know that he ain’t lookin to snack on HER Hot Pocket if you know what I mean!

    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  21. Plus she has very bad breath.

    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  22. Yes!!! AND the car is leased and as soon as she took the exit and I couldn’t see her anymore? She got T-boned by one of those Duck tours. The last words she heard were: “Quack Quack! Oh, $hit!!!”

    Comment by SeaKat | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  23. AND she still has to pay on the lease even though the car got totalled! On top of that her insurance cancelled her!

    Too bad she has to pay higher insurance rates with her new insurance company that caters to those who have wrecked cars,have DUIs or have had past suspended licences.

    She now can’t afford her fancy highlights and deep conditioning treatments!

    She will sink into a new low in binge eating that includes many twinkies and ding dongs and snicker bars.

    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  24. Exactly!! And when she was digging through the back of her closet, looking for her “emergency” stash of cherry pie filling (which she eats straight from the can), she discovers the suitcase filled with nothing but a Hello Kitty mascot head, a pink garter belt, and sequinned stilettos — all in her husband’s size.

    Just think: if she HADN’T cut me off, she would have gotten to the exit 8 seconds later, the Duck Tour driver would have missed her car by inches and her perfect, perfect life would still be intact.

    Karma’s a bitch. But so was she. So fuck her.

    Comment by SeaKat | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  25. i like it. everyone seems to be unleashing their inner Angry Black Lady.

    Comment by stopthemadness | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  26. STM: It feels SOO good to embrace and unleash the inner ABL!

    SeaKat: I’d like to think that the moral here is, so much can be salvaged by just driving courteously.

    Or, don’t cross SeaKat. She knows how to do a fanastic backstory and you’ll be SORRY sucka.

    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  27. My new warning:

    “You REALLY don’t want to MESS with me. I’m about to unleash some ABL and slap a story on you that’ll make your head SPIN!”

    *throwing away the mace and the taser*

    Comment by queencrone | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  28. i’m a little concerned that seakat may actually have a stash of hello kitty mascot heads.

    just a little.

    Comment by stopthemadness | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  29. ::Whistles innocently while looking around the room::

    Ok, ok, it’s true. But I only keep them for the sentimental value.

    What? I never told you guys that I used to date Mariah Carey?

    Comment by SeaKat | April 2, 2009 | Reply

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