Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We can solve it

Finally, a leader steps forward with a plan to solve global warming, halt the energy crisis, lower our energy costs, and clear the air for generations to come.
The real solutions to the climate crisis are the very same measures that are needed to renew our economy and escape the trap of ever-rising energy prices.

Moreover, they are also the very same solutions that we need to guarantee our national security without having to go to war with the Persian Gulf.
Finally, someone with clout and respect is standing up and outlining a plan of action for solving the problem.
What if we could use fuels that aren't expensive, don't cause pollution, and are abundantly available right here at home?

Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within ten years.
Finally, someone notices that the emperor has no clothes and is not afraid to say so.
We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that has to change.
It's not surprising that the leader calling us to action is Al Gore. If you care about the future of human beings on our planet, I think you'll cheer out loud as I did when you watch this excerpt from Vice President Gore's July 17 speech.

It's up to us. You. Me. We can do it. Pay attention. Go to We Can Solve It and take five minutes to take a few baby steps toward solving the problem. Bookmark it and go back for five more steps and five more.

It will take all of us. Together, we can do it within ten years. Join me. Join the millions of individuals who have signed on to help solve the climate crisis and improve the quality of life for human beings the world over for generations to come.

That's definitely Ordinary.


  1. It is a piece of the whole. I honestly believe this (and most social issues) can not be solved without an entire cultural shift. It's values that determine solutions - not plans.

    Just my dos centavos :)

  2. Thailandchani, I agree with you wholeheartedly that values determine solutions. I'm curious to understand better your statement about plans. Do you feel that planning is somehow detrimental to the successful implementation of solutions?

  3. Gore is carving out new territory. His influence fascinates me - very modern. In missing power but following up on his own celebrity he is becoming the national conscience and very powerful in a new way. I can't think of anyone is US history that has followed this path. It isn't just his methodology (film, internet) that makes this fresh, but his determined use of 'outsider' status.



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