Al Gore wants every kilowatt of electricity we use to be produced by wind, sun, and other sustainable energy sources within 10 years.
Gore is giving a speech on global warming right now in Washington, but previewed his finer points to the Associated Press saying he hopes the new president will share his deadline. Though he has endorsed Barack Obama, he praised both Obama and McCain for being "way ahead" of most politicians in the fight against global climate change.
The cost of switching to alternative electrical sources could be as much as 3 trillion dollars over 30 years in public and private money. It's a spendy bill, but Gore says it will "pay itself back many times over." To see how he hopes to incite change,
. Gore added:
I have never seen an opportunity for the country like the one that's emerging now. . . . It's an expensive investment but not compared to the rising cost of continuing to invest in fossil fuels.
Gore actually compared his challenge to President Kennedy's pledge in May 1961 to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In order to meet his target, Gore said nuclear energy output would continue at current levels while the nation would have to increase its use of solar, wind, geothermal, and clean coal energy. This would require enormous investments in technologies that reduce energy waste and link existing grids, as well as support from the public. (Note to Gore: Have you adjusted your at-home energy use yet? I have!)