Friday, July 27, 2007

George W. Bush Home in Crawford a Wonderful Example for True Environmentalists

See July 27, 2007 letter in Laguna Beach Independent

It always nice when a leader sets a good example.

Former Senator John Edwards purports to be concerned about the poor and that the rich don’t pay a fair share of taxes. Senator Edwards received $500,000 compensation for providing a year’s advice to the Fortress Hedge Fund which has its headquarters in the Cayman Islands [likely to minimize taxes]. He had a 28,000 square foot home built for him and his family.

Former Vice President Albert Gore Jr. purports to be concerned about the excessive use of resources damaging the environment yet owns three homes 1) 10,000 sq. ft. home in Nashville Tennessee, 2) 4,000 sq. ft. home in Arlington Virginia, and 3) a ranch in Carthage, Tennessee. The gas and electricity bill just for the Nashville home cost $29,268 in a year; “the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.”

For a wonderful example for true environmentalists, one can look to President George W. Bush and his home in Crawford, Texas. See April 29, 2001 article in the Chicago Tribune at
- “4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude”
- “Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this "eco-friendly" dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.”
- “A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.”

I was looking at a bumper sticker the other day reading “01.20.09 Bush Last Day”. It gave me great comfort that George W. Bush will be our President for the next 535 days.


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