Here’s another incredibly persuasive, inspiring, and informative video from Al Gore. He’s such an excellent speaker and offers real analysis and solutions to the crisis of our time, climate change. This is the big one. There is no problem facing humanity today that approaches the seriousness and certainty of climate change left unchecked. Please watch this enlightening, empowering, and uplifting video. Watch for his analogy regarding tar sands and shale; it’s a classic.
TED: Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis — Note: I recommend downloading the mp4. I had problems trying to watch it on the web page. It’s under 100M. Your mileage may vary.
Remember, the extremely conservative estimate from the IPCC is for a billion climate refugees by 2050. Is there anyone out there that believes that the world economy can support such a disastrous occurrence? Is there anyone out there that thinks that this will not cause a serious and painful decline in human population? Is there anyone out there that thinks this would not cause global civilizational collapse?
We have the technology to solve this problem today. For the U.S. to do our part, we will experience a new economy based on sustainability. This will create whole new industries. This will create many new business opportunities. Already, Tesla Motors and Zap Car are preparing for the new economy, one in which they may displace the aging and dying U.S. auto manufacturers who whine to the government for aid rather than building cars that last and that people will want.
Already, vast solar arrays are beginning to be installed. New York City has a pilot project with working tidal turbines. People are installing pilot projects for wave power generators on the west coast. Wind is already cheaper than many existing power technologies and, though it faces objections from local politicians, is a technology whose cost of energy supply rivals that of our fossil fuel sources, even before the real costs of CO2 are calculated.
We must act quickly and decisively to fight climate change. For our survival, for our economy, for our way of life, and for our very lives, we must act now.