Al Gore took up a new residence yesterday. The former Vice President and budding documentary film star moved into a cave commune, leaving behind his 10,000 square foot mansion and its heated pool.
The commune, named Green Cave Estates, is a Greenpeace USA enterprise. John Passacantando, the US Executive Director of Greenpeace, explained some of the benefits of the commune: "By living in caves we take advantage of geothermal heating and cooling, allowing us to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. Also, since the caves are preexisting, we do not have to cut down trees or use other precious natural resources to build our homes."
Gore was disappointed that his long-time wife Tipper Gore refused to move with him. Actress Angelina Jolie is helping the Vice President to be comfortable in his new home, but the relationship is strictly platonic, sources say.
There are other bumps in the road. When asked how he was dealing with the lack of indoor plumbing and running water, Gore responded: "What? Where the hell am I supposed to take a crap in this dump anyway?" Aides swiftly whisked him away and showed him the "Crapper Cave." Gore appeared relieved as he prepared to relieve himself.