Saturday, August 11, 2007

Of Evolution and Environmentalists

These articles--both quite interesting--showed up in my virtual inbox recently:

Fossils challenge old evolution theory

Pontiff: Evolution Does Not Exclude a Creator


And while we're in semi-controversial waters, why not include this fascinating tidbit? Try to guess which famous politicians own these homes before you read the answers at bottom.

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 a 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 arid 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. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifyingtanks 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.

ANSWERS:

HOUSE # 1 (20-room energy-guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and 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.

Seen at Barbara Curtis. Verified by Snopes.

2 comments:

Jenny in Ca said...

I knew house #1 belonged to Gore, I had no idea about The President's ranch tho, wow!

I've had headaches with the whole Gore environmental thing with our charter school science class,it was sad the agenda they were pushing-the fact that he is a hypocrite just made me madder.

thanks for sharing this tidbit!

Summer in FL said...

Wow! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing that little tidbit! I think you know where we stand :-)