Fra Al Gore til Obama: Her er en klimaplan

Nobelpristager og eksvicepræsident Al Gore fremlagde i dag i New York Times sit forslag til en amerikansk klimaplan. Uden omsvøb appellerer han til den kommende præsident om at iværksætte planen allerede i januar – for at bevare en beboelig planet.

De fem punkter:

First,
the new president and the new Congress should offer
large-scale investment in incentives for the construction of
concentrated solar thermal plants in the Southwestern deserts, wind
farms in the corridor stretching from Texas to the Dakotas and advanced
plants in geothermal hot spots that could produce large amounts of
electricity.
Second,
we should begin the planning and construction of a unified national
smart grid for the transport of renewable electricity from the rural
places where it is mostly generated to the cities where it is mostly used.
New high-voltage, low-loss underground lines can be designed with “smart”
features that provide consumers with sophisticated information and
easy-to-use tools for conserving electricity, eliminating inefficiency
and reducing their energy bills. The cost of this modern grid —
$400 billion over 10 years — pales in comparison with the annual loss to
American business of $120 billion due to the cascading failures that are
endemic to our current balkanized and antiquated electricity lines.
Third,
we should help America’s automobile industry (not only the Big Three but the
innovative new startup companies as well) to convert quickly to plug-in
hybrids that can run on the renewable electricity that will be
available as the rest of this plan matures. In combination with the
unified grid, a nationwide fleet of plug-in hybrids would also help to
solve the problem of electricity storage. Think about it: with this
sort of grid, cars could be charged during off-peak energy-use hours;
during peak hours, when fewer cars are on the road, they could
contribute their electricity back into the national grid. 
Fourth,
we should embark on a nationwide effort to retrofit buildings with
better insulation and energy-efficient windows and lighting.
Approximately 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the United
States come from buildings — and stopping that pollution saves money
for homeowners and businesses. This initiative should be coupled with
the proposal in Congress to help Americans who are burdened by
mortgages that exceed the value of their homes. 
Fifth,
the United States should lead the way by putting a price on carbon here at
home, and by leading the world’s efforts to replace the Kyoto treaty
next year in Copenhagen with a more effective treaty that caps global
carbon dioxide emissions and encourages nations to invest together in
efficient ways to reduce global warming pollution quickly, including by
sharply reducing deforestation. 

Læs hele indlægget her.

Første gang, Gore fremlagde sin vision for USA om at udfase fossile brændstoffer på 10 år, var i juli i år. Læs hele hans præsentationstale her eller se ham holde talen.

Jeg tror ikke, det er så sandsynligt, men Al Gore nævnes som en mulig kandidat til den nye Obama-administration i en eller anden højprofileret klima-rolle. Under alle omstændigheder bliver det interessant at se, hvilken position han får efter præsidentskiftet.