Al Gore to release new book, “Our Choice,” a “blueprint for solving the climate crisis”

gore1.jpgThe long-awaited sequel to An Inconvenient Truth — this time focusing on solutions — will be coming out in the fall. The Gore folk have sent out the following press release:

Today Vice President Gore announced that his next book, Our Choice, will be published by Rodale in the US and by other publishers internationally on November 3, 2009.

Picking up where An Inconvenient Truth left off, Our Choice utilizes Mr. Gore’s forty years of experience as a student, policymaker, author, filmmaker, entrepreneur and activist to comprehensively describe the real solutions to global warming. A co-recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 2007 for his environmental work, Mr. Gore continues to make sense of the pressing issues we face and Our Choice will unquestionably inspire and rally those ready to fight for solutions that were deemed impossible only a short time ago.

Gore’s book is sure to be scrutinized and criticized for even the tiniest mistakes or, more likely, the tiniest non-mistakes (see Unstaining Al Gore’s good name 2: He is not “guilty of inaccuracies and overstatements” and is owed a correction and apology by the New York Times). And who can doubt that the right wing will attack Gore for every BTU he uses, including flying around the world trying to promote his blueprint (see “People Who Live in Greenhouses…. and “Gore greens his Tennessee home“)?

I was able to spend a fair amount of time with Gore at a climate solutions summit a year ago and can attest that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of clean energy (see “My Al Gore story“). Indeed, he has been adding to that knowledge by consulting with — and hearing detailed presentations from — some of the leading clean energy experts from industry, government, and the nonprofit sector.

This should be quite an aggressive blueprint since “Gore embraced 350 ppm target at PoznaÅ„.” And 350 ppm ain’t easy (see The truth about stabilizing at 350 ppm“)!

Here are more details on what is sure to become the best-selling climate solutions book of all time:

Said Vice President Gore, “An Inconvenient Truth reached millions of people with the message that the climate crisis is threatening the future of human civilization and that it must and can be solved. Now that the need for urgent action is even clearer with the alarming new findings of the last three years, it is time for a comprehensive global plan that actually solves the climate crisis. Our Choice will answer that call.”

Since the publication of the New York Times bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and the release of the Academy Award® winning film of the same title, Mr. Gore has led more than thirty “Solutions Summits” with top scientists, engineers and policy experts to examine every solution to the climate crisis in depth and detail. Our Choice draws on conclusions developed through those summits as well as on extensive independent research, describing how the bold choices necessary to save the earth’s climate should also be the foundations of policies worldwide to create new jobs and stimulate sustainable economic progress.

As they did with An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore will donate 100% of the proceeds of the book to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit, non-partisan group dedicated to spreading awareness about the climate crisis and how to solve it.

Our Choice will feature 100% recycled paper, locally produced and sourced editions, low VOC inks, and will be carbon neutral.

“Rodale is honored to continue our relationship with Vice President Al Gore,” said Rodale Inc. President and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy. “We were proud to publish An Inconvenient Truth and very much look forward to bringing Our Choice to the growing audience of committed citizens who are seeking solutions to the climate change crisis. In the spirit of our longtime mission, we are dedicated to creating the greatest possible platform for Vice President Gore’s work and message.”

Simon & Schuster Audio, who published the Grammy Award winning audio version of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, will publish the audio edition of the book on CD and digital download simultaneous with the hardcover publication.

I, for one, can’t wait.

23 Responses to Al Gore to release new book, “Our Choice,” a “blueprint for solving the climate crisis”

  1. Robert NYC says:

    will this book have real science in it or ever expanding assumptions based on a mathematical model that cannot predict the weather next week accurately?

  2. “cannot predict the weather next week accurately?”

    This denialist knee-jerk red herring has been thoroughly and repeatedly demolished.

  3. Albert says:

    Robert, your commitment to confusion over the difference between weather and climate is so quaint.

  4. hapa says:

    and the worldchanging movement-in-a-book comes out shortly after that. resources are gathering to suit the storm!

  5. WolfMan says:

    If snow falls on Robert’s NYC sidewalk, global warming isn’t happening anywhere in the world.

    Just because you didn’t understand the few concepts you actually perused in “An Inconvenient Truth” doesn’t mean it wasn’t real science. It merely means that you aren’t real smart.

    The “heads-up-their-arses” oil burners attacked Gore for the figures he used to describe the rise in sea levels once much of the ice melted at both Poles, saying they were “extreme.” Last week a report on BBC World News suggest that Gore’s estimates might have been far too conservative. You’ve left all the lights on, Robert, but, as usual, there’s nobody home.

  6. DavidCOG says:

    Excellent. ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ took my interest in global warming from ‘vaguely aware’ to ‘highly motivated’. I’ll be pre-ordering ‘Our Choice’ as soon as I can.


    Robert NYC,

    Your ignorance, distortion and lies will not have any effect on anyone here. Go back to your denial-o-sphere and ponder why you are becoming increasingly marginalised and irrelevant to the reality-attached population.

  7. Sasparilla says:

    Bring it on Mr. Gore we need to see all the options.

    Had to mention this as I just saw it. The US Navy just confirmed that Cold Fusion is for real. Not something we can use now, but someday may come in handy.

  8. DB says:

    There is a certain disconnect with Mr. Gore’s consumption and the message told at this website. It is this difference that leaves him open to criticism from the other side.

    A WW2 analogy. By late 1940 the US essentially knew that the Philippine Islands were threatened by the Japanese expansion plans. One sign of the seriousness of this belief is that servicemen being transferred to the Philippines were not allowed to bring their families.

    Similarly, if Mr. Gore had truly internalized the seriousness of the climate situation he would not be living in the countryside in an extremely large house. He would have downsized to a (luxurious) condo in an urban environment.

  9. Tony says:

    Obama’s economic plan may be questionable, given Krugman’s not too happy, but we can survive a rotten economy. We cannot rebuild mountains and water shed, so this is great news.

    From Sarah C. Rispin
    Staff Attorney
    Southern Environmental Law Center

    EPA halts hundreds of mountaintop mining permits
    By DINA CAPPIELLO – 24 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is putting on hold hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits until it can evaluate the projects’ impacts on streams and wetlands.
    The decision was announced Tuesday by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. It targets a controversial practice by coal mining companies that dump waste from mountaintop mining into streams and wetlands.
    It could delay more than a hundred permits being sought by companies wanting to begin blasting mountaintops to access coal.
    The EPA also denied two permits the Army Corps of Engineers was planning to issue that would allow companies to fill thousands of feet of streams with mining waste in West Virginia and Kentucky.

  10. Any reason my earlier comment is still awaiting moderation?

    [JR: two links or more put a post in moderation and I’ve been busy today. Sorry.]

  11. WolfMan says:

    “…if Mr. Gore had truly internalized the seriousness of the climate situation he would not be living in the countryside in an extremely large house.”

    Yes, he could have sold it to someone who might not have continued the steps the Gores took to reduce the carbon footprint of that home, some far-sighted individual, a Ronald Reagan follower perhaps. Reagan, as soon as he took office, dismantled the efficient solar collectors that Carter had installed.

    Or perhaps he could have sold it to a Cheney butt-kisser, an adherent to the Cheney mantra of “We’ll never conserve our way to energy independence.”

    No, the home is in the best possible hands, intelligent human beings committed to the long-term survival of the globe and every species on it, and not solely focused on the welfare of the GOP and ExxonMobil.

  12. No problem; thanks for clarifying the rules.

  13. Ronald says:


    You are in the latest U.S News and World Report. It has a nice write up of you and your website.

    It called you ‘The Paul Krugman of Climate.’ (or something close to that)

  14. Gail says:

    Wolfman, I have the same problem with my SUV. I bought it years ago, pre-enlightenment, because I had a daughter who was (is) a skilled competitive equestrian and I needed it to tow horse and trailer. It’s now got 70,000 miles. Should I sell it and buy something greener? But, I only drive 16 miles per day on a typical day, some days not at all, and only now and then take a longer trip.

    Isn’t it better for me to keep it than sell it to someone who might drive it much more often, for longer distances?

  15. WolfMan says:

    Gail, keep it tuned to maximum efficiency, change the oil every 3000-5000 miles, keep the tires filled per manufacturer’s specs, drive it responsibly and you’ll likely do far less damage than the next owner. Long distances – highway/expressway miles – at a reasonable speed are likely less harmful than city miles, unless you’re still towing that horse rig. In this market, you probably wouldn’t get the price you wanted anyway.

  16. jorleh says:

    There is hope in the horizon: CO2 is a pollutant (EPA). It is the greatest killer among all pollutants. When above ppm 280, as is the level during our human species has evolved culturally during the last 10 000 years.

  17. Bernd1964 says:

    I think Al Gore should discuss the economic and monetary system in his works. Without consideration of how money is created and who profits in these days most from governmental taxation of carbonpower, the climate change discussion is very incomplete. The industrial economic culture really is at the base of all climate and environmental problems. The superrich money creating elites have the least moral right to hijack the global warming issue to push their own agenda for more international laws and world government.

  18. Ronald says:

    What is the world hung up on about solutions to global warming, the engineering or motivation?

    I think I read this analogy from Rocky Mountain Institute.

    If you wanted a country to build ships to sail the oceans, what could you do? You could give the people blueprints on ships and how to build them. Quite possibly, the people will look at you with skepticism and say why bother.

    However, if you wrote stories that the people read about the joys of sea travel and the new and exciting worlds they can visit, the people will figure out themselves how to build ships.

    A how to techincal manual on ship building or a yearning for the sea? That’s also the same question about the solutions to global warming. A technical manual on energy engineering might truely excite those already excited about energy engineering; but what we need is to develope a yearning for a livable planet for the next 50 generations.

    ‘An inconvient truth’ built up some yearning for making a livable planet. ‘Our choice’ sounds like it is a techinical engineering manual, which although helpful, will it change public opinion? From a saying from the space age ‘ no bucks, no Buck Rodgers.’ If we don’t develope favorable public opinion, no global warming solution.

  19. Bob Wallace says:

    “If we don’t develope favorable public opinion, no global warming solution.”

    Views of a better lifestyle, not one with a lower standard of living than we now have.

    And as painless as possible way to get there.

  20. hapa says:

    Views of a better lifestyle, not one with a lower standard of living than we now have.

    no, i already called shotgun on what we have now. get in line quick and maybe you can have no lower a standard of living than we have next year.

  21. James says:

    No, you’re too soft. It’s not a choice at all, it’s imperative that we act.

  22. Kay Kendall says:

    I consider myself a liberal, an environmentalist etc.
    But I cannot support Al Gore’s message. Look at him – he is bloated, unhealthy, and still eating meat – a HUGE cause of global warming. Until he can look at all the factors, including many of his continuing habits, he is a hypocrite and not worth listening to.