Climate Moon Shot
Al Gore is scheduled to make a big speech in Washington today, but he previewed it to the Associated Press so we have an idea of what he's going to talk about:
"Just as John F. Kennedy set his sights on the moon, Al Gore is challenging the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun and other Earth-friendly energy sources within 10 years, an audacious goal he hopes the next president will embrace. [...]
The Alliance for Climate Protection estimates the cost of transforming the nation to so-called clean electricity sources at $1.5 trillion to $3 trillion over 30 years in public and private money. But he says it would cost about as much to build ozone-killing coal plants to satisfy current demand."To achieve that goal, Gore says that Nuclear energy production should stay at current levels (we wonder if he has heard about thorium?) and new investments should be made in solar power, wind power, geothermal, and in "clean" coal tech. He's also advocating improving the grid and cutting down waste (negawatts!).
There's also a warning from Gore: If we don't act, the price of oil will keep rising because of demand from China and India, most of the world will be at the mercy of oil-producing countries, and irreparable harm will be done to the planet and the ecosystems that support our life.
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