Activism Al Gore’s Call for 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Published on July 18th, 2008 | by Clayton

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Al Gore’s Call for 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years


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In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.



  • http://www.BGelectricCars.com Barry Brnsten

    We can all learn something from what Al Gore had to say the past few weeks. Unless we become self reliant for our energy requirements, we will never again be an independent democratic nation.

    We can start with a fundamental change in our driving habits that is now required.

    The Automobile Industry is going to be in the same position as the Airline Industry in the next few months. Unless we get away from gas combustion vehicles, including Hybrids, the automobile industry (as we know it) will die.We need to make drastic moves. America needs to move to ELECTRIC. The vehicles are not as fast, not always as fun to drive, but the move will save Americans money (Billions) and help bring change to our automotive companies. Let’s “Be Green”!!!!!!!!!!!! BG Automotive Group Ltd. has a car that will travel 80-100 miles per charge for $15,995. Finally a car that most Americans can afford. Did you know that 80% of all drivers, drive less than 50 miles per day? This new car will cost an equivalent of $0.20-0.25 cents/gallon (depending on electricity rates in your area). Why send $700 Billion per year to OPEC (now buying up U.S. companies) when we can use this money for our schools, health care, social security for all Americans, etc, etc, etc. We can make the difference if WE change.

  • http://www.BGelectricCars.com Barry Brnsten

    We can all learn something from what Al Gore had to say the past few weeks. Unless we become self reliant for our energy requirements, we will never again be an independent democratic nation.

    We can start with a fundamental change in our driving habits that is now required.

    The Automobile Industry is going to be in the same position as the Airline Industry in the next few months. Unless we get away from gas combustion vehicles, including Hybrids, the automobile industry (as we know it) will die.We need to make drastic moves. America needs to move to ELECTRIC. The vehicles are not as fast, not always as fun to drive, but the move will save Americans money (Billions) and help bring change to our automotive companies. Let’s “Be Green”!!!!!!!!!!!! BG Automotive Group Ltd. has a car that will travel 80-100 miles per charge for $15,995. Finally a car that most Americans can afford. Did you know that 80% of all drivers, drive less than 50 miles per day? This new car will cost an equivalent of $0.20-0.25 cents/gallon (depending on electricity rates in your area). Why send $700 Billion per year to OPEC (now buying up U.S. companies) when we can use this money for our schools, health care, social security for all Americans, etc, etc, etc. We can make the difference if WE change.

  • http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com Rod Adams

    Barry – sounds intriguing. Please help me with the math, however.

    A gallon of gasoline contains about 38 kilowatt-hours of energy. A combustion engine converts that fuel into power with about 20% efficiency.

    If my local utility charges 11 cents per kilowatt-hour, and if the battery charger/battery combination is 100% efficient, here is my calculation for the cost of the equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.

    38 kilowatt-hours x 0.2 x $0.11 per kilowatt-hour = $0.84 cents per gallon.

    That is still a great deal, but it is not even close to $0.20-0.25 per gallon.

  • http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com Rod Adams

    Barry – sounds intriguing. Please help me with the math, however.

    A gallon of gasoline contains about 38 kilowatt-hours of energy. A combustion engine converts that fuel into power with about 20% efficiency.

    If my local utility charges 11 cents per kilowatt-hour, and if the battery charger/battery combination is 100% efficient, here is my calculation for the cost of the equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.

    38 kilowatt-hours x 0.2 x $0.11 per kilowatt-hour = $0.84 cents per gallon.

    That is still a great deal, but it is not even close to $0.20-0.25 per gallon.

  • http://www.theokobox.com leslie @ the oko box

    I wish the public, from children up could be educated with motivational speeches like this- so that people could learn about where our resources come from, that they are finite and we can conserve. Also we can push forward with new, cleaner, better technology.

    This is why i love Gas 2.0 – it is the positive side of the peak oil gloom~!!!

  • http://www.theokobox.com leslie @ the oko box

    I wish the public, from children up could be educated with motivational speeches like this- so that people could learn about where our resources come from, that they are finite and we can conserve. Also we can push forward with new, cleaner, better technology.

    This is why i love Gas 2.0 – it is the positive side of the peak oil gloom~!!!

  • http://www.chemicallygreen.com Steven Mason

    How can Al Gore give these speeches and lives his life in a hypocritical style? Why will he not debate the GW issues? Al Gore could really be a beacon for the world if only he got his facts straight and backed up what he says.

    If a person is going to make statements that he cannot or is willing to debate or backup, then his rhetoric is very shallow and really does not mean much.

  • http://www.chemicallygreen.com Steven Mason

    How can Al Gore give these speeches and lives his life in a hypocritical style? Why will he not debate the GW issues? Al Gore could really be a beacon for the world if only he got his facts straight and backed up what he says.

    If a person is going to make statements that he cannot or is willing to debate or backup, then his rhetoric is very shallow and really does not mean much.

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  • Norman

    When is comrade Gore going to replace his carbon belching private jet for one that is solar powered? Then watch him go really green when at 30000′ the sun is hidden by a nice dark cloud – sweet!

  • Norman

    When is comrade Gore going to replace his carbon belching private jet for one that is solar powered? Then watch him go really green when at 30000′ the sun is hidden by a nice dark cloud – sweet!

  • Robert

    Norman grow up!

  • Robert

    Norman grow up!

  • Norman

    Wow Robert if you hate my solar airplane idea that much then you must really despise comrade gores asinine plan to “save” the planet from anthropological global warming. Shame, the poor sod thinks man is responsible climate change; that cyclic thing we call seasons (winter, spring, summer, and autumn). If this cycle is not stopped soon then we will all perish in ten years, comrade gore predicts. Weird is it not? But weirder still are the masses of drones that follow comrade gores crazy notion like it’s a religion!!!

  • Norman

    Wow Robert if you hate my solar airplane idea that much then you must really despise comrade gores asinine plan to “save” the planet from anthropological global warming. Shame, the poor sod thinks man is responsible climate change; that cyclic thing we call seasons (winter, spring, summer, and autumn). If this cycle is not stopped soon then we will all perish in ten years, comrade gore predicts. Weird is it not? But weirder still are the masses of drones that follow comrade gores crazy notion like it’s a religion!!!

  • MeanJoeGreen

    Norman,

    If you spent your time researching things like the effects of gmo’s, the effects of air and water pollution, benefits of conservation, benefits of supporting local businesses, etc–instead of how can i disprove Al Gore and climate change, your time may be better spent. Taking the politics out of the equation, it’s just common sense that clean choices are beneficial, dirty choices are harmful. But, go ahead and waste your time and energy fighting Gore. Maybe he’ll find a way to harness your anger to power Utah.

  • MeanJoeGreen

    Norman,

    If you spent your time researching things like the effects of gmo’s, the effects of air and water pollution, benefits of conservation, benefits of supporting local businesses, etc–instead of how can i disprove Al Gore and climate change, your time may be better spent. Taking the politics out of the equation, it’s just common sense that clean choices are beneficial, dirty choices are harmful. But, go ahead and waste your time and energy fighting Gore. Maybe he’ll find a way to harness your anger to power Utah.

  • MeanJoeGreen

    Norman,

    If you spent your time researching things like the effects of gmo’s, the effects of air and water pollution, benefits of conservation, benefits of supporting local businesses, etc–instead of how can i disprove Al Gore and climate change, your time may be better spent. Taking the politics out of the equation, it’s just common sense that clean choices are beneficial, dirty choices are harmful. But, go ahead and waste your time and energy fighting Gore. Maybe he’ll find a way to harness your anger to power Utah.

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  • http://www.BGelectricCars.com BG Auto

    Please read–Americans need to know!!!!!!!!

    NHTSA Hearings 8/4/08

    I just returned from the NHTSA hearings held today (August 4, 2008) in Washington D.C., regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for NEW Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFÉ) for years 2011-2015.

    IMPORTANT FACTS: You will not believe what you are reading.

    1) The 414 pages DEIS analysis was based on an average gasoline price of USD $2.16/gallon for 2011-2020. A calculation approved by the NHTSA administrators/managers. Would you believe it???????????

    2) The new CAFÉ rules were also established, negotiated and pre-approved by the NHTSA’s management along with the influence of domestic automotive companies and their lobbyists. We have now established fuel standards for 2011-2020 that presently are already met in the rest of the Western world (see below)

    As one guest speaker said today “are they on another planet?”

    NHTSA “NEW Fuel Standards” (2011-2015) decision:

    Automobiles are to achieve 31.2 mpg by 2011 and 35.7 mpg by 2015. Light trucks are to achieve 25 mpg by 2011, and 28.6 mpg by 2015.

    The NTHSA is also setting a goal of 35 mpg on average for 2020.

    America needs to know:

    The European Union is currently establishing standards, with a goal of reaching 48.9 miles per gallon for new passenger vehicles as early as 2012. The current EU standard already requires more than 40 miles per gallon about 15% higher than the U.S. goal set for 12 years from now.

    Japan currently has a standard of about 40 miles per gallon. Japan aims to further improve fuel efficiency by 17% by 2015, reaching 46.9 miles per gallon.

    China has a current average of slightly under 35 miles per gallon. Chinese fuel standards are on target to reach the government’s goal of 35.8 miles per gallon by 2009. China will not only meet, but exceed, the goal just established by the United States for 2020 — more than a full decade earlier.

    Australia is targeting 34.4 miles per gallon by 2010.

    Canada is targeting 34.1 miles per gallon by 2010.

    Under the current administration, purchasing an electric vehicle is becoming more of a necessity rather than an alternative.

    BG Automotive Group, Ltd.

    (www.BGelectricCars.com)

  • http://www.BGelectricCars.com BG Auto

    Please read–Americans need to know!!!!!!!!

    NHTSA Hearings 8/4/08

    I just returned from the NHTSA hearings held today (August 4, 2008) in Washington D.C., regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for NEW Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFÉ) for years 2011-2015.

    IMPORTANT FACTS: You will not believe what you are reading.

    1) The 414 pages DEIS analysis was based on an average gasoline price of USD $2.16/gallon for 2011-2020. A calculation approved by the NHTSA administrators/managers. Would you believe it???????????

    2) The new CAFÉ rules were also established, negotiated and pre-approved by the NHTSA’s management along with the influence of domestic automotive companies and their lobbyists. We have now established fuel standards for 2011-2020 that presently are already met in the rest of the Western world (see below)

    As one guest speaker said today “are they on another planet?”

    NHTSA “NEW Fuel Standards” (2011-2015) decision:

    Automobiles are to achieve 31.2 mpg by 2011 and 35.7 mpg by 2015. Light trucks are to achieve 25 mpg by 2011, and 28.6 mpg by 2015.

    The NTHSA is also setting a goal of 35 mpg on average for 2020.

    America needs to know:

    The European Union is currently establishing standards, with a goal of reaching 48.9 miles per gallon for new passenger vehicles as early as 2012. The current EU standard already requires more than 40 miles per gallon about 15% higher than the U.S. goal set for 12 years from now.

    Japan currently has a standard of about 40 miles per gallon. Japan aims to further improve fuel efficiency by 17% by 2015, reaching 46.9 miles per gallon.

    China has a current average of slightly under 35 miles per gallon. Chinese fuel standards are on target to reach the government’s goal of 35.8 miles per gallon by 2009. China will not only meet, but exceed, the goal just established by the United States for 2020 — more than a full decade earlier.

    Australia is targeting 34.4 miles per gallon by 2010.

    Canada is targeting 34.1 miles per gallon by 2010.

    Under the current administration, purchasing an electric vehicle is becoming more of a necessity rather than an alternative.

    BG Automotive Group, Ltd.

    (www.BGelectricCars.com)

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