Al Gore on Meet the Press

Appearing on Meet the Press on Sunday, Al Gore discussed dozens of wide-ranging topics including his recent energy proposal, T. Boone Pickens, the proposed gas tax holiday and Bush’s recent proposal to end the ban on offshore drilling.

Not surprisingly, Gore is opposed to the gas tax holiday, as being misguided, and he opposes the lifting of the ban on offshore drilling, as being merely a “drop in the bucket.”  We were also interested to hear Gore speak positively about the Pickens Plan, but he felt that instead of shifting our vehicles to natural gas, as Pickens proposes, that we should instead focus on moving towards all electric cars. 

Regarding his own proposal, Gore indicated that his intention and hope is that “when we have the political will to act, there’s a concrete plan in place to really shift over to renewable energy.”  He said recent technological developments in renewable energy generation and transmission, as well as the steep prices resulting from increasing world demand for coal and oil, have finally created a situation where widespread renewable energy generation is not only possible, but economically competitive.

One of the main themes of this blog is the idea that our country is desperately in need of public and private leadership that is committed to forcing change in the unsustainable status quo.  Gore, through his efforts to educate the public about climate change and to motivate positive change through his leadership, clearly meets these criteria. 

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  1. Interestingly, yesterday was also the 39 year anniversary of man landing on the moon. I agree with Gore that it is about time for another 10 year project.

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