Gore Wants US to Abandon Fossil Fuels by 2018

By | July 17, 2008

Just as John F. Kennedy set his sights on the moon, Al Gore is challenging the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun and other Earth-friendly energy sources within 10 years, an audacious goal he hopes the next president will embrace.

The Nobel Prize-winning former vice president said fellow Democrat Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain are “way ahead” of most politicians in the fight against global climate change.

Rising fuel costs, climate change and the national security threats posed by U.S. dependence on foreign oil are conspiring to create “a new political environment” that Gore said will sustain bold and expensive steps to wean the nation off fossil fuels.

“I have never seen an opportunity for the country like the one that’s emerging now,” Gore told The Associated Press in an interview previewing a speech on global warming he planned to give Thursday in Washington.

In his speech, Gore said some of the nation’s biggest success stories have come from making commitments to goals well beyond the next election, citing the Marshall plan for rebuilding Europe, Social Security and the interstate highway system, in addition to putting a man on the moon.

“A political promise to do something 40 years from now is universally ignored because everyone knows that’s meaningless,” he said. “Ten years is about the maximum time that we as a nation can hold a steady aim and hit the target.” – continued on nytimes

It seems worth attempting… but I also think we need a back up planet.

5 thoughts on “Gore Wants US to Abandon Fossil Fuels by 2018

  1. davisoftheapes1

    Yeah, “GORE” wants us to abandon fossil fuels? He might want US to, but he doesn’t think he’s supposed to follow the same rules. Piss on Gore.

  2. Ann

    It’s possible to abandon fossil fuel without to much agony to anyone, if had some descent leadership AND the politicos in Washington STOP FALLING ON THE KNEES TO LARGE OIL COMPANIES. But, so far I haven’t seen anyone demonstrate that, including, sorry to say, el Senor Al Gore. He worships at the altar of the MULTINATIONAL CORPORATE GODS, also.

  3. Xeno Post author

    Why do people hate Al Gore? He has an important message. The thing that bugged me about him (and I’m fairly ignorant about him to be honest) is that he conceded the election when he had actually won. It seemed like a sham, like it was pre-arranged. He should have fought all the way for the actual count to decide the outcome.

    Here is a link to an MP3 file where President Carter says there is no doubt that Al Gore won the 2000 election.

  4. Ann

    Yes, it is suspicious. Al Gore should not have conceded the 2000 elections and it seems as though he is part of a scheme.

    Nonetheless, I have much respect for Gore’s environmental position, at least he stands behind the work of many scientists (no, I didn’t say all, but a large majority) and he doesn’t makeup his own science as our current leader and his neoconservative cronies.

    But, a major problem with the entire political set-up in Washington is that you can’t get into office without a lot, I mean really a lot, of MONEY to support, for one thing, campaigns. And, who supplies most of the money? Once the money is handed over to whom are the politicians indebted?

    This is why I can’t help but support Ralph Nader, to be most honest. From the very start, way back in the 1960s he has been on the side of the PEOPLE, not BIG BUSINESS. Large corporate entities are just that, large profit-hungry, greedy organizations. Yet, they have the same rights as people!

    Of course, there are share-holders who have a stake in what corporations do, but does that mean, nonetheless, corporations have the same rights as Xeno, davisoftheapes1 or me? What individual or even a group of individuals can stand up to a multi-billion dollar entity, if they know it is harmful, dangerous or deadly – like say members of the nuclear industry?

    You know, you got to ask yourself, why are there, for example, “environmentalists” who want a clean, healthy and safe environment? Shouldn’t our government, if it is truly a democracy and concerned about the well-being of the people in this country be the FIRST and MOST POWERFUL ENVIRONMENTALIST?

  5. Ann

    It’s not only in the realm of politics that we must deal the influence of big business but it permeates even our thinking, our creativity, our imagination. The influence of industry occurs grossly in the form of advertising and marketing and also in more subtle ways.

    For example, we are currently under the impression, at least officially, it seems, that oil products, for instance, produced by oil companies, are our major salvation. But, it is only a fashion to which many of us have succumb.

    Take for instance the use of fossil fuels for self-propelled vehicles, like cars – nonsense: Look at part of the article below and imagine what would it be like today, 500 years later, if something like what propelled the vehicle below caught on, took hold, if it was developed and grew much as the Model T later grew into today’s cars.

    This is part of the article:

    Did da Vinci really sketch a primitive version of the car?

    by John Fuller

    …. Leonardo’s car wasn’t designed for mass-production. It wasn’t truly a passenger car, since it didn’t even have a seat. The vehicle was actually designed as a special attraction for Renaissance festivals, meant to instill wonder and awe in attendees. Like many of Leonardo’s sketches, however, the car remained on paper throughout his lifetime — we can only speculate that the machine was either considered too dangerous to operate or the inventor didn’t have adequate materials to build it.
    In 2004, Paolo Galluzzi, director of the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy, oversaw a project to finally build a working model of Leonardo’s invention. Although there were several attempts to build the car during the 20th century, each one had failed due to unclear instructions in Leonardo’s sketches. Experts originally believed two leaf springs, the simplest form of the spring typically used for automotive suspensions, somehow powered the vehicle. Closer inspection eventually revealed the power came from bigger, coiled springs located in tambours, cylindrical drum-like casings, inside the car’s frame.

    Galluzzi and a team of engineers spent four months designing a digital model to make sure they knew the machine would work. Leonardo’s designs called for a car 5 feet 6 inches long (1.68 meters) and 4 feet 11 inches wide (1.49 meters), which they built. However, the designers in Florence worried about the machine being too dangerous — once a brake is released, it can travel for about 130 feet (40 meters) — so they built an additional one-third scale model for testing and demonstration.

    The machine works like a robot or a wind-up toy simply by rotating the wheels opposite of their intended direction, which winds up the springs inside and gives it power. The frame and many of the car’s clockwork-like mechanisms, such as cogs, were made from five different types of wood.
    The car also has programmable steering, which is achieved by arranging wooden blocks between gears at pre-set locations, and, oddly enough, it can only turn right. Still, Leonardo must have once again been looking forward to Florence’s one-way streets. Although the contraption was allegedly designed for entertainment, Galluzzi’s model proved not only that Leonardo’s car worked, but the Renaissance man was centuries ahead with yet another influential invention.

    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/da-vinci-car1.htm

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