Just been reading a speech Al Gore gave back in September.
You can read it here.
Some quick points I got:
- we – meaning all developed nations (with the hope that developing countries would follow our example) – need to adopt a forward looking energy policy that emphasises and values the future and recognises the necessity of doing what has to be done now – and creating the right political, economic and regulatory environment to make it happen
- this quote gets at the heart of the value shift required – then economics, politics, society, culture can follow:
“This is not a political issue. This is a moral issue. It affects the survival of human civilization. It is not a question of left vs. right; it is a question of right vs. wrong. Put simply, it is wrong to destroy the habitability of our planet and ruin the prospects of every generation that follows ours.”
- the possibility of replacing a payroll tax with a carbon or pollution tax – I think we need some good economic incentives and regulation and this seems like a good one to me!
- there are some great examples of things already being done and other ideas on what can be done, such as:
At least one entire community — Ballard, a city of 18,000 people in Washington State — is embarking on a goal of making the entire community zero carbon
Democrats and Republicans joined together in the largest state, California, to pass legally binding sharp reductions in CO2 emissions.
295 American cities have now independently “ratified” and embraced CO2 reductions called for in the Kyoto Treaty.
85 conservative evangelical ministers publicly broke with the Bush-Cheney administration to call for bold action to solve the climate crisis.
Really, its a good read. A bit long, a bit complex in places, but I recommend it.