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Gore needs to set example

I was happy to see the attention paid to global warming at the Oscars via the appearances of Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, and the awarding of best documentary to “An Inconvenient Truth.” At the same time, I speculated that the energy consumption of most of those who attended the awards is spectacularly excessive.

The recent revelation that Al Gore’s 10,000-square-foot Nashville home consumes 20 times the national average is a case in point. Throwing money at the problem by buying energy credits is not the solution. It is time for all who are concerned about global warming to walk their talk.

I challenge Al Gore to use this opportunity to set an example for others by drastically reducing his own energy use. Turn off some lights, Al, unplug appliances, heat and cool only the rooms you use, and ride a bike.

In your own words, “It’s not as hard as you might think. We have a long way to go but all of us can do something in our own lives to make a difference.”

Sara Greensfelder

Nevada City

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