Get off fossil fuels by 2018. That’s Gore’s completely unrealistic charge to our nation.
Mr. Gore called for the kind of concerted national effort that enabled Americans to walk on the moon 39 years ago this month, just eight years after President John F. Kennedy famously embraced that goal. He said the goal of producing all of the nationâ€™s electricity from â€œrenewable energy and truly clean, carbon-free sourcesâ€ within 10 years is not some farfetched vision, although he said it would require fundamental changes in political thinking and personal expectations.
â€œThis goal is achievable, affordable and transformative,â€ Mr. Gore said in remarks prepared for the conference. â€œIt represents a challenge to all Americans, in every walk of life â€” to our political leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and to every citizen.â€
And do note how Obama doesn’t endorse Gore’s explicit challenge, but he definitely agrees with the long term spirit of it…as do I…
For decades, Al Gore has challenged the skeptics in Washington on climate change and awakened the conscience of a nation to the urgency of this threat. I strongly agree with Vice President Gore that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, but must fast-track investments in renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power and advanced biofuels, and those are the investments I will make as President. It’s a strategy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced, and one that will leave our children a world that is cleaner and safer.
Again, I’m all for weening ourselves completely off of fossil fuels, but Gore is out of his mind with a 10 year time table. The gasoline infrastructure switchover alone would take a decade at least. Unless the government mandates that all infrastructure and autos need to support hydrogen fuel cell tech. But then we’d have to subsidize the HELL out of it. Think that’ll happen? Not unless the numbers make sense and oil hits $400 a barrel. Then you may be able to convince the nation…maybe.
In short, it may be sexy to call for a massive amount of change so quickly, but the reality puts the lie to it and Gore is well aware I’m sure.
In any event, nice speech Al.