A Gore-y energy plan?

Ex-vice president Al Gore seems to think that the US is ready and able to eliminate the use of coal, natural gas or petroleum oil in US electricity within 10 years by using alternative energies such as wind, solar and geothermal.

According to his speech yesterday (see the video below), his plan of a carbon-free US electricity by 2018 is achievable and affordable, and will solve our current economic, environmental and national security crises.

One way to speed up this transition, according to Gore, is taxing carbon-based energy.

Some seems to think that the plan is quite far fetched given that many energy studies point to a further 20-40 years time needed before complete transition to renewable clean energy can take place. Former oilman T. Boone Pickens, who’s heavily promoting wind energy, said in his response to the speech that Gore’s plan is unrealistic.

“Vice President Gore’s plan does not address this enormous problem, it is clear that he and I have two different objectives and our plans should be viewed with that in mind.”

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