Friday, July 18, 2008

US Challenge: Abandon Oil in 10 Years

Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States of America, Al Gore, issued a challenge to America to abandon fossil fuels within a decade. His plan was boiled down to a rhyme: "Tax what we burn, not what we earn."

Gore's plan depends heavily on nuclear energy, but includes alternative energies. He compared the challenge to that of putting a man on the moon in the 1960s. Other intellectuals disagree, however, saying America is incapable of "going cold turkey." The basic reason is greed.

But Gore made an excellent point when he noted that our economical woes were all tied to our dependence on these fuels. He said it made no sense for us to be borrowing money from China to buy fuel which damages the atmosphere.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008
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