Monday, July 21, 2008

Crises Brings Opportunity

I wanted to take a quick break and plug an important renewed initiative for clean energy in the USA. Cheaper transportation, cleaner air and water, and general sustainability – these are some of the things I think everyone should be able to get behind.

Image by Aleksandar Rodić

This afternoon I received a mailing from MoveOn and decided it was something worth passing on. Ever since the 2000 elections, I get a lot of mailings from many political groups, from ACLU and the EFF, to Factcheck and other anti-spin sources, to Greenpeace and Planned Parenthood. I admit that since I get one almost every day, most I just quickly skim. It’s not asking for money and as far as their emails go it’s relatively apolitical.  In the past, MoveOn supported petitions have helped stop or pass laws, so it isn’t just going to sit on the internet (like your favorite petition asking for a Star Control sequel – see how I snuck that in there?) Here’s the complete letter:

Dear MoveOn member,

Al Gore took a big risk when he called on us to get 100% of our electricity from cheap, clean sources within 10 years.

It’s an achievable goal, but it’s already under attack from the oil and coal companies. They’re calling his plan unrealistic, impossible, and crazy.1

We’re in a crisis. If this is the fate of any new idea to get us out of this crisis alive, we’re toast. Gore’s challenge will live or die on the reaction of people like us.

We can turn back Big Oil’s attack if hundreds of thousands of us personally endorse Gore’s challenge to power our country with 100% cheap, clean energy within 10 years—and then we urge Obama, McCain, and Congress to get on board.

Clicking here will add your support to Gore’s challenge:

The petition says: “America must commit to producing 100% of our electricity from cheap, clean renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, within 10 years.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “it is absolutely possible” that
Congress will accept Gore’s challenge. 2 But to make it happen, we’ll need to show Congress just how many people want bold action.

Al Gore laid out a far-reaching yet simple plan to deal with the most pressing issues of the day. Switching to clean energy will help us survive the climate crisis. And save our souring economy. And help end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly Iran. And offer relief from high gas prices. In Gore’s words:

“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’s got to change.

“But if we grab hold of that common thread and pull it hard, all of these complex problems begin to unravel and we will find that we’re holding the answer to all of them right in our hand.”3

That answer is a massive program to switch America to clean energy. Crisis brings opportunity.

Solar, wind, and other clean energy sources are ready to replace oil and coal. And these abundant energy sources promise lower costs at a time when getting to work is getting too expensive for too many.

Such a simple, elegant solution. Can you make sure our country embraces change—100% renewable power in 10 years? Sign the petition to Obama, McCain, and Congress by clicking here:

Thanks for all you do.

–Noah, Joan, Eli, Patrick S. and the rest of the team

1. “Statement Regarding Former Vice President Al Gore’s Speech on Climate Change,” American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, July 17, 2008

“Voinovich Finds Gore’s Energy Speech ‘Ridiculous,’” The Hill, July 17, 2008

“Thinking green,” Baltimore Sun, July 21, 2008

2. “Appealing to Bloggers’ Influence, Gore Asks for Help in Promoting Energy Challenge,” New York Times, July 20, 2008

3. “Al Gore’s Challenge to Repower America,” July 17, 2008

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 8:31 pm