Thursday, July 17

The Gore-y Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore said in a speech today, "It is only a truly dysfunctional system that would buy into the perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for more oil ten years from now." How about that?

As I have watched Congress go back and forth about what to do about the high price of gas, the economy, and our place in the world theater about climate change, Al Gore summarized it best in his speech by saying "We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change."

His solution, to enact the equivalent of the 10 year plan that John Kennedy proposed to land a man on the moon before the decade was out. In other words, by 2018, the US will replace its dependency on fossil-fuel and replace it by "producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years."

Think of the economies that will create to retrofit the national electrical grid to accept electricity generated from solar cells as well as wind and geothermic power? Imagine the technological leaps that could be made if Exxon/Mobil, Wal-Mart and others sunk their huge profits in developing inexpensive solar cells and fixing the national grid?

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