"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" Open letter response to Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection" proposed 10-year transition to "clean" power - TT's Lost in Tokyo

Open letter response to Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection" proposed 10-year transition to "clean" power

I received the following email today from Cathy Zoi, who is the CEO of Al Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection" and sent back the response I note further below;

Dear Tokyo,

Last week, Exxon Mobil announced record profits -- at the same time that the rest of us were paying record high prices at the gas pump.

It doesn't need to be this way. Our energy prices don't need to be this high.

If we repower America and generate 100% of our electricity from clean sources within ten years, we can bring our energy costs down.

A lot of people are surprised when they find out how quickly we can make this transition. We've built a fun quiz to help show the way. How well do you know America's energy? ou might find the answers surprising.

We can start relying on fuels that are free and abundant right here at home. Fuels like the sun and wind. Once our electricity grid is based on clean sources, we can plug in our cars, use those free energy sources, and stop paying through the nose to the oil companies.

On the day Exxon announced its record profits, I testified before the U.S. Congress. I explained that there are no technical or material impediments to achieving the goal of 100% clean electricity within ten years. The only thing missing is political will. And that's why the We Campaign exists -- to build support for solutions that can revitalize our economy and solve the climate crisis.

The average score of people who've taken the quiz is 63% Can you beat that? .


Cathy Zoi

My response?  As follows:


Cathy, I took the quiz and got 100%.  I've also blogged on Al Gore's recent proposal - the important goal of which I fully support - here:
However, I think that you are making a mistake to not supporting more nuclear power, which has by far the least environmental footprint of our currently available energy options, including solar and wind.  Why aren't you guys taking the bull by the horns and educating American consumers about nuclear power?  You could really build a cross-party coalition if you did.
Furthermore, the focuses on oil company profits, gas pump prices and energy independence are needless distractions.  They not only tacitly support the chief basis for our ruinous War on Terror, but actually add to pressure to produce more environmentally costly coal and to open ANWR and more of the OCS.  Why don't you, too, stop pandering to uninformed voters and play things more straight?




Published Wed, Aug 6 2008 4:40 PM by TokyoTom


# re: Open letter response to Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection" proposed 10-year transition to "clean" power

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 3:58 AM by Andrew W

Also 100%, but then it is one of those silly quizz's where the correct answer is whichever trashes the present administration's policies the most.

Agree entirely with your reply. The correct answer to your question, if I can answer on Cathy's behalf, is that it takes a decisive leader who has balls to undertake measures that aren't the easiest political option, democracy (decision making by committee) just isn't great as a system in changing the direction of the ship of state, so it requires a leader, or leaders, who are not only decisive, but also brave and charismatic to carry the electorate along with them. Alternatively the present direction has to get so shitty for the populace that they're prepared to support anyone who promises something new, be he a Hitler, or a Jefferson.

# re: Open letter response to Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection" proposed 10-year transition to "clean" power

Sunday, August 24, 2008 10:50 AM by Silas

Hey TT I finally took the plunge and did the quiz.  I found one of the questions really deceptive.  On the question about clean coal, it asks how much of the harmful emissions is captured and stored safely, and claims the answer is zero.  Now check out their explanation:

"There is not a single commercial coal-fired power plant in operation or under construction that captures its carbon pollution and safely prevents it from entering the atmosphere. So-called “clean coal” doesn’t address the climate crisis. Coal is dirty. Unless we capture and store the carbon, there is no other way to describe it."

So, it calls clean coal "dirty" on the grounds that it doesn't remove the CO2, when in reality, the CO2 is the cleanest byproduct emitted!  

Yes, coal is a horrible energy source, but its Co2 is not "dirty".