Last week I blogged about eco-hypocrite Gisele Bundchen, model and United Nations environmental ambassador who lectures people on her website to take the stairs instead of elevators. Bundchen and husband Tom Brady are building a huge mansion in California.
Now comes word that another preachy environmentalist, Al Gore, is building another fancy mansion, which makes Mary Katharine Ham wish, "If I Could Live Like the Environmentalists..."
Al Gore has found the perfect perch from which to monitor sea levels and preach to the rest of us about the importance of living a life of modest consumption.
Ham cites a Los Angeles Times report that Gore has spent "$8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains... The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms."
This is in addition to the 10,000 square-foot mansion that he and Tipper own in Tennessee. A few years ago, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research reported that Gore's home burned more electricity in one month than the average Nashville home uses in a year.
Utility records showed the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.
Now Gore has announced that renovations are nearly complete to turn his Tennessee manse into a model "green" home.
Gore was able to place solar panels on his roof, and he's preparing to install a geothermal system that will, among other things, drastically reduce the cost of heating his pool.
No sacrifice is apparently too great to heal the planet.