Last night my dad stopped on Sean Hannity when I was visiting with him after work, and we saw a brief portion of his segment on the Al
Gore / Climate Gate issue which had me ask my dad the following questions, which he then basically told me to shut-up with my \”liberal biases\” (see: wanting to actually consider things with other facts in a logical manner) that I developed from living in the city and e-mail Sean Hannity.
I decided to email Sean.
The segment goes a lot further than the two points that I mentioned and I don\’t want to decrease the chance that my two points won\’t be answered by Sean.
One point is that Al Gore\’s Mansion uses 20x more energy than the average American Household, even though it\’s green. Wait, hold on, you\’re telling me that a wealthy person\’s mansion uses more energy than the average household in America and it\’s news? First, the average household in America probably includes thousands of duplexes, condos, and apartments, which are more efficient because they have have at least one less wall to heat. But Factcheck goes deeper into proving the fact, The Gore Mansion is 4x bigger than the average American household at 10,000 square feet (and that makes it 2000 square feet bigger than Bush\’s Crawford Ranch home) and the mansion is in fact LEED certified, which means that it excels in at least 5 areas of excellence. If we\’re talking Mansions and Millionaires, why don\’t we start counting all of the vacation homes, condos, and expensive hotels that rich people stay at and calculate their energy consumption.
The houseboat thing is just ridiculous too! A houseboat uses more gas than a car in a day is news! First let\’s think: the house in houseboat uses a lot of energy, you\’ve got about 15hp between a refrigerator, microwave, and ac for a lot of space and then on a per distance or per hour charge, a boat uses a lot more energy than a car because, unless it\’s going down river it has a whole lot more surface resistance. Next, if you\’re driving 976 miles (as cited, distance between New York and Chicago) a) you\’re going to be driving in top gear at an engine horsepower somewhere around 30% of your total engine output (using O2 sensors to increase efficiency) to go reasonably near the speed limit b) it won\’t take \”all day\” (assumes a 24 hour period – based on the quote) but should take around 16 hours (that\’s at 60mph). On a personal note, as a waterskier, I realize that the environmentally advanced engines in a brand new boat today still mean that I burn around 5 gallons of gasoline an hour – that amount of gasoline would last me between 250 and 300 miles of driving (6 hours.)
So what amazing news to slant your numbers are you going to tell me next, Sean? That Al Gore watched a lap of some sort of automobile race where a car only got 5 mpg?