Gore Issues Challenge: 100% Clean Energy in 10 Years

Puerto Rico can solve the climate crisisWould you agree with this statement offered by Vice President Gore: "We are 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." If so, then maybe you'd be interested in joining his challenge.

In an unprecedented proposal, Vice President Gore urges us to reset the way we think about the energy future and the climate crisis. His challenge: that 100 percent of our electricity production come from sources with zero carbon emissions within 10 years. Want to learn more?

First, here's the video:

Second, you can visit the new we can solve the climate crisis web site. The web site is the product of the We Campaign; a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. Their ultimate aim is to halt global warming. Specifically they are educating people in the US and around the world that the climate crisis is both urgent and solvable.

Third, if you're on Facebook, they have a great application that will help inform and motivate you and your friends. Check out the new Climate Champions Facebook application. By taking action to help solve the climate crisis, you can earn points that directly translate into dollars donated to the We Campaign. You can even challenge your friends to beat your Climate Champion score!

Finally, are you wondering how we can meet this challenge? Gore describes the following as components of meeting this challenge:

  • The growing wind and solar sectors need to be expanded through continued investment and innovation.
  • Other renewables should be added to the mix -- geothermal and solar thermal with storage capability -- and we should start planning for that now.
  • The greatest gains can be made in energy efficiency. For instance, existing technologies can raise household efficiency by 30 percent.
  • America must invest in a Unified National Grid that would link every household and move cost-effective renewable electricity from places where the supply is vast to where the power is needed most.
  • We should retain the existing fossil fuel-free energy production from nuclear and hydroelectric power.
  • We must learn to safely store and capture carbon from coal and gas. Until then, these fossil fuels cannot be "clean."