In July 2008, Al Gore challenged the U.S. to generate 100% of the electricity we need using clean, renewable, sustainable sources within 10 years. When we connect the dots, he said, it turns out that the actual solutions to the climate crisis are the very same measures needed for renewal our economy and escape the grip of ever-rising energy prices. He connected the dots to the crises they face and drew a picture of no sustainable. We could meet the Gore Challenge through the deployment of 250 gigawatts of wind generation capacity and 50 gigawatts of solar, and it would cost nearly $911 billion. But is clean, renewable, and stable energy really necessary?
I'd argue yes - its a business imperative. As I remarked on the article MBA Programs Go Green, we must shift the business focus from today, tomorrow, and this quarter to the long term, we must also shift the energy sample from fossil fuels to conservation, solar, wind, and geothermal.
The question of necessity is easy to solve. In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts vs. Environmental Protection Agency and Environmental Defense Fund vs. Duke Energy that the EPA must rein carbon emissions unless it presents scientific proof that greenhouse gases do not contribute to global climate change, and that the EPA must rein companies that build new or renovate existing power plants and factories under the new source review provision of the Clean Air Act. On Nov. 13, 2008, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the EPA acted that the EPA had no valid reason for refusing to terminate carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants. The EPA said it will carry out the 2007 Supreme Court decisions and limit release of carbon from new and proposed coal plants.
We need alternatives to fossil fuels, if for no other reason than to abide the law.
We get electricity by burning fossil fuels, controlling nuclear fission, setting up solar panels in the path of sunlight, and utilizing winds, waterfalls, ocean currents, and the heat of the earth. Like fossil fuel and nuclear plants, geothermal plants use heat to produce steam, which turns a turbine, converting heat into electricity. Conventional hydroelectric plants, like those at Niagara Falls and the Grand Coulee Dam, utilize the kinetic energy in waterfalls. New designs can utilize the kinetic energy in tides, waves, and ocean currents. Wind farms utilize the kinetic energy in winds. These convert kinetic energy into electricity. Photovoltaic solar systems harness sunlight through the photoelectric effect to create electricity much the way green plants harness sunlight.
The leftists have acted long and diligently to bring themselves, and us, to where we stand today in this country with regard to our national energy picture. Weve been out of the news cycle for three days now, and in the new media thats several lifetimes.
Theres only one reason the left, in all of its a lot of manifestations, would so wish this countrys complete dependence on energy from foreign, hostile sources. That objective would be to damage the countrys economy and energy sectors, creating the required chaos for them to breed more treason.