Oh boy, a rah-rah from Al the turd.
Dear MoveOn member,
Wes and Joan have told me that MoveOn members are really jumping on board with our new national challenge—getting 100% of our nation's electricity from renewable and truly clean energy sources within 10 years. Apparently, more than 150,000 have already signed this MoveOn petition in the last 24 hours.
Thank you! I knew when I issued this challenge that it would take millions of us working together, a whole new movement of citizens, to make it happen. And, once again, MoveOn members are rising to the challenge. It's very heartening.
I'd like to ask you to join me by adding your name, too. Just click here:
There are more details in the email below.
As I said on Thursday, this is a generational moment. A moment when we decide our own path and our collective fate. I'm asking you—each of you—to join me and build this future.
Thanks for all you do,
Dear MoveOn member,
Al Gore took a big risk when he called on us to get 100% of our electricity from cheap, clean sources within 10 years.
It's an achievable goal, but it's already under attack from the oil and coal companies. They're calling his plan unrealistic, impossible, and crazy.1
We're in a crisis. If this is the fate of any new idea to get us out of this crisis alive, we're toast. Gore's challenge will live or die on the reaction of people like us.
We can turn back Big Oil's attack if hundreds of thousands of us personally endorse Gore's challenge to power our country with 100% cheap, clean energy within 10 years—and then we urge Obama, McCain, and Congress to get on board.
Clicking here will add your support to Gore's challenge:
The petition says: "America must commit to producing 100% of our electricity from cheap, clean renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, within 10 years."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says "it is absolutely possible" that Congress will accept Gore's challenge. 2 But to make it happen, we'll need to show Congress just how many people want bold action.
Al Gore laid out a far-reaching yet simple plan to deal with the most pressing issues of the day. Switching to clean energy will help us survive the climate crisis. And save our souring economy. And help end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly Iran. And offer relief from high gas prices.
In Gore's words:
"We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that's got to change.
"But if we grab hold of that common thread and pull it hard, all of these complex problems begin to unravel and we will find that we're holding the answer to all of them right in our hand."3
That answer is a massive program to switch America to clean energy.
Crisis brings opportunity.
Solar, wind, and other clean energy sources are ready to replace oil and coal. And these abundant energy sources promise lower costs at a time when getting to work is getting too expensive for too many.
Such a simple, elegant solution. Can you make sure our country embraces change—100% renewable power in 10 years? Sign the petition to Obama, McCain, and Congress by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Noah, Joan, Eli, Patrick S. and the rest of the team
1. "Statement Regarding Former Vice President Al Gore's Speech on Climate Change," American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, July 17, 2008
"Voinovich Finds Gore's Energy Speech 'Ridiculous,'" The Hill, July 17, 2008
"Thinking green," Baltimore Sun, July 21, 2008
2. "Appealing to Bloggers' Influence, Gore Asks for Help in Promoting Energy Challenge," New York Times, July 20, 2008
3. "Al Gore's Challenge to Repower America," July 17, 2008
it will never work. I'd be surprised if Al-gore was all green in 15 years?
From an engineer, 10 years to install thousands of wind generators and solar panels is completely unrealistic.
First, where you gonna put them? Expect a few years for zoning, even more for all those "not in my backyard" folks that want wind power but don't want giant wind turbines anywhere near them.
Second, who's going to make them? There is no giant powerhouse industry ready to pound these things out, the factories aren't there.
Unless there was a national emergency, think Manhatten Project during WW2, 10 years is totally unrealistic.
You mean his Gulfstream will run on solar?
or maybe it just needs some hope and change.
plenty of room in the West Texas dustbowl....
Realism is not an issue to hippies who only care about having enough power to run the internets and their mp3 players.
So they support Nuclear now?