Sunday, November 9, 2008

Al Gore's Call for Change on Climate and Energy Issues

Al Gore presents a five point plan for addressing climate/energy issues in today's New York Times.

1) Congress should offer large-scale investment in incentives for the construction of concentrated solar thermal plants and wind farms.

2) Begin the planning and construction of a unified national smart grid for the transport of renewable electricity from the rural places where it is mostly generated to the cities where it is mostly used.

3) Help America’s automobile industry to convert quickly to plug-in hybrids that can run on the renewable electricity more readily available in the future.

4) Begin a nationwide effort to retrofit buildings with better insulation and energy-efficient windows and lighting since approximately 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States come from buildings.

5)Put a price on carbon here at home, and by lead efforts to replace the Kyoto treaty next year in Copenhagen with a more effective treaty that caps global carbon dioxide emissions.

We are excited to have our students study these ideas and propose changes necessary to save our economy and our planet at the same time.

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