Al Gore group urges Obama to create
U.S. power grid
Nov 6, 2008 - Deborah Zabarenko -
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Gore's Alliance
for Climate Protection has some environmental advice
for the incoming Obama administration: focus on energy
efficiency and renewable resources, and create a unified
U.S. power grid.
On Thursday, the group Gore founded
rolled out a new media campaign to push for immediate
investments in three energy areas it maintains would
help meet Gore's previously announced challenge to
produce 100 percent clean electricity in the United
States in a decade.
Pegged to Obama's election victory on
Tuesday, the Gore group's ads on television, in newspapers
and online, pose the question, "Now what?"
"Our nation just made history," one
video says. "We have an historic opportunity to boost
our economy and repower America with 100 percent clean
electricity within 10 years. It will create new American
jobs, end our addiction to dirty coal and foreign
oil and solve the climate crisis."
More information on the campaign is
available online at repoweramerica.org.
Gore -- former vice president, Nobel
Peace laureate and star of the Oscar-winning documentary
"An Inconvenient Truth" -- has said repeatedly he
wants to play no official government role in the fight
against climate change.
But with environmental activists talking
about a possible "climate czar" in President-elect
Barack Obama's White House, Gore's name inevitably
IMMEDIATE ENERGY INVESTMENTS
The plan advocates immediate investment
in energy efficiency, renewable power generation --
including public investment in wind, solar and geothermal
technology -- and the creation of a unified national
"Modernize transmission infrastructure
so that clean electricity generated anywhere in America
can power homes and businesses across the nation,"
the alliance said in a statement.
The alliance favors "national electricity
'interstates' that move power quickly and cheaply
to where it needs to be (and) local smart grids that
buy and sell power from households and support clean
Gore and his group are in line with
most U.S. environmental groups, which see the next
administration as a chance to act to stem global warming,
after what many see as the Bush administration's stalling
on this issue.
R.K. Pachauri, head of the U.N. Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, who shared the Nobel Peace
Prize with Gore in 2007, sounded a similar note in
a statement issued after the vote.
"The U.S. now has a unique opportunity
to assume leadership in meeting the threat of climate
change, and it would help greatly if the new president
were to announce a coherent and forward looking policy
soon after he takes office," Pachauri said on his
blog at blog.rkpachauri.org/.