Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Glass Houses

There has been an interesting email traveling around the www in the last few weeks. I thought I'd share it with you all, as it was quite interesting.

Look over the following two descriptions of the two houses, and see if you can tell which belongs to an environmentalist.

~~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 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 aired 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 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. Waste water 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.

House 1: (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and award winning filmmaker) Al Gore.

House 2: (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 paper. Indeed for Mr. Gore, it's truly "an inconvenient truth." ~~

This email has been proven true by the folks at Snopes - my fav place to check out the urband legends and obscure emails that get sent my way.

Matthew 7

1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

To me this is huge - if you are claiming to be an environmentalist and scaring the nations with 'Global Warming' you should at least be a shining example of 'How To' for the rest of us. It's kind of hard to take Mr. Gore seriously when you see how he blatently wastes natural resources. He is obviously not short on funds - therefore he should be making the necessary changes to "Go Green"!

What do you think? Does this bother you, surprise you, anger you or do you think it's perfectly fine. Blow off some steam.

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1 comment:

  1. My husband sent me this too, and I think it is great! :-)