Received an email claiming that Al Gore is an environmental hypocrite because his home is not environmentally efficient, and certainly not as environment-friendly as George Bush's Texas ranch. Even Snopes.com, the web site that seeks to distinguish truth from Internet urban legends, wrote in March 2007 that the email is true. But later information makes clear the charge of hypocrisy isn't true. The Associated Press reported in June that Gore is seeking certification of environmental efficiency for renovations to his home, and has been working for a long time to change building codes in his neighborhood to allow installation of solar paneling -- long before he was charged with being an environmental hypocrite. There's a picture of the solar roof here. And in a video interview with Popular Mechanics, Gore points out that environmentally-friendly design is also cost-efficient.
Incidentally, Popular Mechanics has an interesting piece on how we can all reduce our environmental footprint.