Picture a four bedroom house made from local limestone with geothermal heat pumps, a 25,000-gallon underground cistern which collects rainwater, purifying tanks to filter waste water from sinks, toilets and showers. This "eco-friendly" house uses only 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.
This believe it or not is a description of George W. Bush’s house back in 2001. Was he secretly a believer in climate change? A closet green perhaps? Personally I don’t think so, but it is particularly striking when you compare it to Al Gore’s natural gas heated twenty room mansion that uses more electricity in one month than the average American uses in a whole year. Link.
Hypocrisy from politicians is hardly novel, but it still begs the question why on earth would George W. Bush live in such a house?
If you haven’t already read part 1 do so now or this really won’t make a lot of sense. If you factor in peak oil then the oil man’s eco home becomes a lot more logical.
Not only do Bush’s & Cheney’s quotes show peak oil awareness, but it should be remembered that one of the most vocal supporters of peak oil and author of “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy” was none other than Matthew Simmons who just so happened to be energy advisor to Bush’s father when he was president.
So if you thought that peak oil was imminent and that there was a possibility of an energy crisis wouldn’t you want to make your home a self sustaining as possible?
If you also thought that this might lead to an economic and social collapse wouldn’t you also want a plan B? Well now we need to delve into a bit of spurious conjecture that is never the less mentioned in news reports of the time.
Back in 2006 rumours began to circulate regarding his purchase of 100,000 acre (40,500 hectare) ranch in northern Paraguay. Link.
During a 10-day visit to the country by his daughter Jenna Bush she was seen by photographers from a Paraguayan newspaper who tracked her down to a restaurant in Paraguay's capital Asunción, where she was seen flanked by 10 security guards, and was also reported to have met Paraguay's president, Nicanor Duarte, and the US ambassador to Paraguay, James Cason.
Reports in sections of the Paraguayan media suggested she was sent on a family "mission" to tie up the land purchase in the "chaco".
So you decide on a secret hideaway on a ranch in South America. What would be amongst your top two priorities? One would likely be water & it just so happens that the land has access to the Guarani Aquifer, one of the largest underground water reserves in Paraguay.
Next would be security, well obviously he would have his own personal security detail, but it’s also handy that since May 2005 four hundred American marines began to operate there in exchange for financial aid.