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Monday, July 21, 2008

We Need Gore and Pickens Both

I posted earlier about the plan by T. Boone Pickens for our country's future energy needs. Al Gore has also unveiled a bold plan to take alternative energy seriously. Al Gore was on the cover of Friday's Johnson City Press with his challenge:

Former Vice President Al Gore called Thursday for a “man on the moon” effort to switch all of the nation’s electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years, a goal that he said would solve global warming as well as economic and natural security crises caused by dependence on fossil fuels.

“The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels,” Gore told a packed
auditorium in Washington’s historic Constitution Hall. “When you connect the dots, it turns out that the real solutions to the climate crisis are the very same measures needed to renew our economy and escape the trap of ever-rising energy prices.”

Gore compared the challenge to establishing Social Security and the Interstate highway system, as well as landing a man on the moon — all successes that took more than a single presidency to accomplish and required members of both political parties to overcome their partisanship.
You can sign the petition in support of Gore's plan.

You can also find out more about the Pickens plan and support it.

I think it would be helpful for Pickens and Gore to work together (a Republican and a Democrat) to force our presidential candidates and America to get real about our future.

Here is Gore's speech:

Watch the Pickens video here:

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