The Nobel laureate has a big article in today’s New York Times, “The Climate for Change,” which opens:
THE inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful choice that he — and we — must make this January to begin an emergency rescue of human civilization from the imminent and rapidly growing threat posed by the climate crisis.
Gore lays out his specific vision for this emergency rescue, and for dealing with peak oil, but not before dissing “clean coal” (Gore’s quotes), which he labels “too imaginary to make a difference in protecting either our national security or the global climate.” Here, here! (see “Is coal with carbon capture and storage a core climate solution?“). He explains:
… there is little investment and not a single large-scale demonstration project in the United States for capturing and safely burying all of this pollution. If the coal industry can make good on this promise, then I’m all for it. But until that day comes, we simply cannot any longer base the strategy for human survival on a cynical and self-interested illusion.
Gore then lays out his 5-part plan for transitioning to a renewable energy economy: