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