Friday, July 18, 2008

Al Gore Speech on Energy Yesterday



“America must commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and other clean sources within 10 years.”

More info here: We Can Solve It/.

Transcript.

"Yet when we look at all three of these seemingly intractable challenges at the same time, we can see the common thread running through them, deeply ironic in its simplicity: our dangerous over-reliance on carbon-based fuels is at the core of all three of these challenges - the economic, environmental and national security crises. 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."

"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. Am I the only one who finds it strange that our government so often adopts a so-called solution that has absolutely nothing to do with the problem it is supposed to address? When people rightly complain about higher gasoline prices, we propose to give more money to the oil companies and pretend that they're going to bring gasoline prices down. It will do nothing of the sort, and everyone knows it."

2 comments:

Natalie & Jessica's Dad said...

So, if he's not interested in being Obama's VP, will he at least be secretary of energy?

Howard said...

I suspect he's more interested in his role in the private sector. Another big theme of his is that gov't is broken, that people are no longer involved. His CurrentTV is supposed to help address that, getting people involved. I suspect his Apple board membership is similar, macs are how regular people produce web/media content.

Of course, the best way to change gov't might be from within. When JFK set a goal of a man on the moon (and back) in 10 years, he could tell NASA to do that. It's not clear what Gore did other than make a speech.