The Al Gore Challenge

Al Gore gave an impassioned speech today in Washington, “laying out his new approach to the entwined challenges of limiting risks from global warming and instability from rising energy prices and declining supplies of fossil fuels.” Watch a clip from Al Gore’s speech here:

In his speech, Gore put forth a challenge to citzens and politicians in America and called for the U.S. “to produce all electricity from “carbon-free sources” by 2018.”

This represents quite a shift from his tight focus on the “climate crisis” as the great challenge of our time.

The NY Times Blog DOT EARTH reports that some “Democrats in Congress weren’t thrilled with the timing, according to, given the focus now on pain at the pump.”

In an article in The Times tonight by John Broder, Mr. Gore implied that his timetable and targets for de-carbonizing the country’s electricity sources were intentionally super-sized: “I see my role as enlarging the political space in which Senator Obama or Senator McCain can confront this issue as president next year,” Mr. Gore said.

“Annotated” text of Al Gore’s speech and reactions from both Barack Obama and John McCain are available on DOT EARTH. It’s well worth a read to see the thoughts on Gore’s speech.

Al Gore ended his speech with these moving and powerful words:

On July 16, 1969, the United States of America was finally ready to meet President Kennedy’s challenge of landing Americans on the moon. I will never forget standing beside my father a few miles from the launch site, waiting for the giant Saturn 5 rocket to lift Apollo 11 into the sky. I was a young man, 21 years old, who had graduated from college a month before and was enlisting in the United States Army three weeks later.

I will never forget the inspiration of those minutes. The power and the vibration of the giant rocket’s engines shook my entire body. As I watched the rocket rise, slowly at first and then with great speed, the sound was deafening. We craned our necks to follow its path until we were looking straight up into the air. And then four days later, I watched along with hundreds of millions of others around the world as Neil Armstrong took one small step to the surface of the moon and changed the history of the human race. We must now lift our nation to reach another goal that will change history.

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.

The complete text of Gore’s speech is here and more reactions to his speech are here. Memeorandum has all the buzz.

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15 Responses to The Al Gore Challenge

  1. YvonneCa says:

    Excellent speech by the former Vice President. I’m glad to see our Democratic Party leaders coming together…finally 🙂 … to turn this country around.

  2. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Awesome ! Why is it going to take ten years ? So now our generation pays for not reacting sooner ? Sugar cane ! Why ten years ? We gotta pay these gas prices for ten more years ? ! We can solve it ! Within ten years ? As high as these gas prices are we’ll be running on french fries and it may smell but o’l well ! Convert your engines to resturant grease and smell like a french fry ? Ten years ? Oh noooooooooooooooooooo ! Bubble that elephants ! French fry engine conversion ? Critical,creative thinking skills at work ! Way to go Gore !

  3. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Also Bill Clinton and he’s on it ! Why should all these great ideas on energy independece and innovation take ten years ? Can we afford to wait and have a govt. that’s arguing ?Looks serious and five years until the polar ice melts ? Read a report that may be consevative in estimation ! The dolphins are endangered and adopt one ! Polar bears are dying and oh yeah,you can tell this global warming is for real ! Sun Shines with solutions !

  4. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Gore was on this years ago but we didn’t see the signs as we are now and it’s a real shame we’ve been slow to react for change and new innovations. We can’t keep drilling on NCLB either and it’s just not there ! End the mandates and let’s go with new education innovations and thoughts for solutions ! Policy makers ? Bubble that oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ?

  5. Peace Out For Unity says:

    How dod that go off the page ? FISA ? Oh well ! God bless new thoughts for innovation and good night ! I’m going to the beach and dance ! While there’s still sun shine left ! Thank-you !

  6. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Freight trains rolling on coal converted to liquid fuel ! On CNN ,Larry King now talking about this topic ! Carbon C say watt ? Decrease C02 and okay let’s go do it ,right now ! We believe you and what’s the fuss ? Montana fuel to liquid fuel and moving now ! Plug it in and go Montana !

  7. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Cow poop to methane and no electric bill ! “The Power of Poop !”

  8. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Go spend your money on a new car ? Have you got electric ? How about solar or hydrogen ? Guess we’ll keep this old sports car and sell it for an antique.Trade value may increase ! 33% believe they will drive electric ! Or park it cause we’ve run out of gas and saddle up for energy innovation ! Park your horse ! Let’s ride into Washington and camp out along the way !Sign on the back of a horses tail…..National Security and Energy Independece ! Antique Gas Cars slow down ,horses passing poop for methane to convert for lower electric bill ! Humane society for horses need your support and that’s no poop converted !

  9. Peace Out For Unity says:

    In the 80’s there was a spot to camp in front of the White House but it’s a camp site that’s already full, if it’s even still there.” Paid paradise put up a parking lot .” Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it ‘s gone……..” Sing it Gore and way to go ! Now the private industry and oil fellows are going to argue that Gore wants our tax dollars to make it happen and debate on innovational direction for the right design ? Think Gore has spent his life time on this plan and it’s time to hand to him ,on go ! A dolphin in politics ! Look for the dolphins and not the sharks ! They’re dying in our political seas of oil spills? Endangered ! Adopt Gore ! Some saw it a long time ago and reacted while others argued lost in debate. Holding out for a new solar car ! Think that may be our new innovation of a sports car ?

  10. YvonneCa

    Hey stranger… everyone’s coming together for the good. Now we just have to work like hell to get Obama in the White House.

  11. Darrell Prows says:

    Gore has the ability to move this issue forward. His phrasing of the “challenge” is as inspirational to me as anything in the political spherethat I can recall. He could literally shape history if he can find a way to substantially grow the excitement level.

    More power to him.

  12. YvonneCa says:


    Hi, yourself! 🙂 The common good is important…and we have always been on the same team. You, me, Jk, Gore, Bill, Hillary…
    I still love all my Dems! 🙂

    Hope you are doing well.


  13. Yvonne Ca

    We should talk sometime and catch up. I’ve been busy busy in recent weeks updating one of my 2 business websites (it’s long, long overdue). A lot of work on that not much business though. 🙁

  14. YvonneCa says:

    PamelaYes, we should catch up. Soon.  🙂

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