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Gore Shoots For the Moon With 10-Year Climate Change Goal

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!)


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I'm glad he's calling for the change within 10 years. All the other people putting these goals off until 2025 or 2050 are just treading water. With goals being set that far out, you will not have anyone steeping up anytime soon. In Texas, they said something about adding $5 to everyone's electric bills each month so that they can get the lines to tranfer the energy from our huge windfarms out west to everyone. With electric bills being so high anyways, I say go for it. I mean you are paying $500 a month for electricity, what's another $5?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
No, I apologize. I know you guys weren't trying to attack me personally or anything like that. I guess I should have just said questioning (and not in a bad way or anything). I think I need to read what I type before I hit post sometimes!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
lilkimbo, just to clarify my question to you about timelines...I wasn't trying to attack you or anything. I was genuinely asking, since I don't know much about alternative energy sources and you had stated on another topic that you had done some research on the topic, I figured you would have a better idea about judging that timeline, that was all. I was looking for guidance...sorry if it came off wrong! :oops:
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Just to clarify, I dont know if your comments were directed at me, but I wasn't attacking your position or questioning your judgement...I was just wondering why you reached the conclusion you did. Perhaps you knew something I wasn't aware of. It seems on this site that sometimes questions of opinion are taken as insults, but they are not always intended that way. :) I have heard several stories about wind, solar, biothermal resources that are already up and running, and so that is what I have based my opinion on...but I recognise that I don't know enough specifics to say whether the 10 year goal is achievable or not. I never said that I think it can or can't be done...I am not informed enough to strongly state it one way or the other.
sashak sashak 8 years
Blah blah blah. Al Gore this, Al Gore that. I really wish people would quit focusing on him & pay attention to the issue at hand
stephley stephley 8 years
I signed up for his newsletter and I told a friend if we win the lottery, we're buying land in the U.S. wind zone - I wouldn't mind getting rich off alternatives.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I am. I definitely think it's a good idea to get started on it. I just don't think it will be done overnight. Also, on a side note, I think we should give T. Boone Pickens some credit. Maybe he just had a change of heart! :P
stephley stephley 8 years
Okay, timeline aside, are you okay with the country seriously getting started on this? (Cuz you know, we're all waiting for you :fingerscrossed: )
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
People are focusing on that one part of what I'm saying.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm not though, that's the thing. I keep saying that this is something we should work towards. Others keep asking me why I don't think the ten year time is reasonable.
stephley stephley 8 years
Didn't mean it harshly, was just urging you to relax a little because you might be missing the forest for that tree.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Steph, I would ease up on it if people stopped attacking me on it. Like I have stated several times, I do believe it's a good end goal, but I think the time should be longer. Never did I say that small steps should not be taken everyday. I am allowed to disagree with his time line. Maybe some other people should ease up on continuously questioning my disagreement. I am going to defend my position as long as people keep arguing with me about it.
stephley stephley 8 years
No Hypno, let's call it the Solar Slide now. Lilkimbo, ease up a little on the ten year thing - start with today and let the goal handle itself. Once things start happening, it often changes the way we view the overall project. Like yesterday's discussion of off-shore drilling, I think the biggest fear holding us up is how to make buckets money off this. Many things can be done in small steps and smaller groupings than the huge central power sources/grids we have now.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And I feel that it's better to set a goal and get all of the way there, then set too short a goal and get halfway there and then get all the way there in double the time.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And, just out of curiosity, other than the fact that Gore set this number, why do you it can be done in ten years?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I guess it boils down to the fact that I really don't think even Al believes this can be done in ten years. I think he's setting that number to get attention for the cause. If that's the case, some will say it's justified because any attention for this cause is good. However, I still think he is doing the cause a disservice.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
The basis is the fact that I've looked into this before and I just don't believe it can be done in 10 years. I'm sure I don't have as much expertise as Gore, but I have researched it. The sheer hours of manpower would make it extremely difficult to complete this in ten years. It would also take some time to convince investors to shift their funds over to alternate energy. We would need to convince people to fund it before we even begin wide-scale implementation. Yes, T. Boone Pickens is spending money on it now. But, even he doesn't have enough money to spend to make the U.S. 100% dependent on renewable sources of energy.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
And I feel bad for Al Gore. He could choose to spend his time doing pretty much anything. He could retire and travel, he could buy a ticket to the moon, he could invest in Halliburton, but god love him he chooses to spend it being an eco-nut. And gets harassed for it.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Al seems to know quite a bit about the technology we have now. I understand the perspective that people think it can't be done overnight, but he seems to know more about what specifically would need to be done between now and then than the average person. I guess I am just curious about what the basis is for rejecting 10 years, but thinking 25 years would work. Maybe there are specific things Al thinks could be done within 10 years. Someone mentioned that something would need to be done to get wind power from Wyoming to New York. Updating the energy grid is a major priority no matter what, but how can we just look at his simple statement and say that can't be done in 10 years?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
"I totally agree with setting a 10 year goal - even if we fall a little short, we'll still be well on the way and that is the point. " I completely agree! Better to set a goal and get halfway there than not get there at all.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hey everyone this calls for the electric slide! Everyone follow Al now.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
Gore's already shot himself in the foot, so why shouldn't he shoot for the moon? He's already lost credibility with reasonably intelligent people. Maybe getting into a cannon and shooting himself in the direction of the moon is the best he can do. Every time the news media forget to mention him, Al Gore finds some way to publicize his lunacy (luna=moon).
Lynne Lynne 8 years
In my opinion, it's commendable that he (and Pickens)is doing something and setting a timeline goal. Maybe it seems short, but it's better than 100 years.
KerryG KerryG 8 years
I agree with stephley and racciciarone. When the US really commmits to something, we do it, and even if we did come up short (which might be more likely with something like this because the infrastructure is not adequate currently to get wind power generated in Wyoming to NYC, for example, in a cost effective way), we'll at least be moving in the right direction and well on our way to success.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Steph, that may be true, but that sense of urgency isn't there. You can give people a greater sense of urgency, but not that great. I'm not saying anything terrible will happen, but I do think people will get discouraged. Most people get discouraged if they set a goal and are only half way to achieving it when the time is up. I also think Gore will be easier to criticize in ten years if the time is up and its not achieved; he could be doing a disservice to his cause by setting too short a goal.
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