Gore Speach - "10 Year Plan"

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Gore Speach - "10 Year Plan"

 

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The Gore approach, as outlined in his recent speach [see link], in fewer words:

I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.
- The leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes in our global warming pollution
-What could we do instead for the next 10 years? Ten years is about the maximum time that we as a nation can hold a steady aim and hit our target.
- President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely in 10 years, and it happened in 8 years.

10 more years of the status quo:
- Our families cannot stand 10 more years of gas price increases.
- Our workers cannot stand 10 more years of job losses and outsourcing of factories.
- Our economy cannot stand 10 more years of sending $2 billion every 24 hours to foreign countries for oil.
- And our soldiers and their families cannot take another 10 years of repeated troop deployments to dangerous regions that just happen to have large oil supplies.

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.

We can solve more than one problem with fuels that are not expensive, don't cause pollution and are abundantly available right here at home:
Enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world's energy needs for a full year. Tapping just a small portion of this solar energy could provide all of the electricity America uses.
And enough wind power blows through the Midwest corridor every day to also meet 100 percent of U.S. electricity demand. Geothermal energy, similarly, is capable of providing enormous supplies of electricity for America.

The quickest, cheapest and best way to start using all this renewable energy is in the production of electricity. In fact, we can start right now using solar power, wind power and geothermal power to make electricity for our homes and businesses.

When the use of oil and coal goes up, pollution goes up. When the use of solar, wind and geothermal increases, pollution comes down.

The Gore plan will help struggling auto giants switch to the manufacture of plug-in electric cars.
- An electric vehicle fleet would sharply reduce the cost of driving a car, reduce pollution, and increase the flexibility of our electricity grid.

Economics:
Here's what's changed: the sharp cost reductions now beginning to take place in solar, wind, and geothermal power -- coupled with the recent dramatic price increases for oil and coal -- have radically changed the economics of energy.

And as the demand for renewable energy grows, the costs will continue to fall. Let me give you one revealing example: the price of the specialized silicon used to make solar cells was recently as high as $300 per kilogram. But the newest contracts have prices as low as $50 a kilogram.

The costs of oil and coal will ever stop increasing if we keep relying on quickly depleting energy sources to feed a rapidly growing demand all around the world. When demand for oil and coal increases, their price goes up. When demand for solar cells increases, the price often comes down.

When we send money to foreign countries to buy nearly 70 percent of the oil we use every day, they build new skyscrapers and we lose jobs. When we spend that money building solar arrays and windmills, we build competitive industries and gain jobs here at home.

The price of carbon-based energy should include the costs of the environmental damage it causes: we need a sharp reduction in payroll taxes with the difference made up in CO2 taxes

All nations must puch for an international treaty at Copenhagen in December of next year that includes a cap on CO2 emissions

Deniers/ Oilpeople:
The defenders of the status quo -- the ones with a vested interest in perpetuating the current system, no matter how high a price the rest of us will have to pay. But even those who reap the profits of the carbon age have to recognize the inevitability of its demise. As one OPEC oil minister observed, "The Stone Age didn't end because of a shortage of stones."

It is perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for more oil ten years from now.

Conclusion:
Our entire civilization depends upon us now embarking on a new journey of exploration and discovery. Our success depends on our willingness as a people to undertake this journey and to complete it within 10 years. Once again, we have an opportunity to take a giant leap for humankind.

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an added note from Noah: - it is said that the older cars have the higest emissions - as much as 80% of vehicle pollution comes from just 20% of cars, the old ones. People who are running those cars are not wealthy people, they are forced to drive "beaters".... therefore, they will not object to driving an electric cars - because they are much cheaper to operate due to not needing to buy gasoline and because there is almost no maintenance needed on electric cars [air filters, oil filters and oil changes, ignition and timing maintenance, etc.]. Also, these "beater drivers" will get to have a new car now!! It would make sense for provincial and federal governments who are interested in achieving emissions reductions to give grants to anyone with a registered beater to put towards an electric car or a conversion to electric. [but they won't do it because none of those governments are actually interested in reducing emissions]

[url=http://www.alternet.org/story/92260/?page=entire&ses=b2161d986e31844ca2a... Gore speach - 10 year plan for 100% renewables [/url]

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Originally posted by Noah_Scape:
[b] It would make sense for provincial and federal governments who are interested in achieving emissions reductions to give grants to anyone with a registered beater to put towards an electric car or a conversion to electric. [but they won't do it because none of those governments are actually interested in reducing emissions][/b]

But they do. If I rememmber correctly this was an NDP program that the Liberals kept going.

[url=http://htthttp://www.scrapit.ca/p://]Scrap IT[/url]

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The Scrap-It Program is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality by getting older vehicles off the road.

The Program offers qualifying vehicle owners incentives to scrap their older vehicle. The incentive values are based on the greenhouse gas reduction that occurs when an old vehicle is scrapped and an incentive is used as a replacement.

Incentives valued at $2,000 or more are offered for the incentives with the highest greenhouse benefit. These incentives include very low emission vehicles, transit passes, or the transit pass / bicycle combination.

If you are buying a new vehicle, the incentive value depends on the vehicle being scrapped and the replacement vehicle.