At the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative kicked off yesterday in New York City, Al Gore made a perhaps inconvenient call to action: civil disobedience. Gore, surrounded by Queen Raina, Clinton, and Bono painted a grim planetary picture:
This is a rout. We are losing badly. This is the result of a dysfunctional, insane global system pattern that we have to change.
Then his plan to gain ground on the climate crisis:
If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration.
To see what he means,
Currently 28 coal plants are under construction and another 20 more have been approved. The carbon capture he mentioned is a technology that keeps coal plant emissions out of the atmosphere by liquefying them and storing them in underground rock layers, long term. Capture doesn't exist yet in a commercial scale as the cost to implement it increases any project's budget by 50 percent.
Gore summed up his case against coal like this: “Clean coal is like healthy cigarettes — it does not exist.” Are you with Gore? Is it time for civil disobedience — or is calling for it an irresponsible act?