Al Gore Says Obama Administration Not Doing Enough About Global Warming
    By Hank Campbell | June 22nd 2011 11:06 AM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    The great thing about being a Nobel Laureate, an Academy Award winner and not in politics is that you can speak plainly without anyone cautioning you that criticizing your own is helping the opposition.

    Former Vice President Al Gore's own party is not helping much anyway and that 'you are with us against us' mentality hasn't paid him dividends; Gore engineered a global warming bill in 2009 that would put limits on CO2 but it died in the Democratic-controlled Senate, even though it would not have needed a single Republican to not only pass, but be impervious to veto.

    Yet, he still can't resist taking shots at Republicans.   He cites former President George W. Bush as 'pulling out' of Kyoto, though America was never in it; Gore had a hand in its creation but it was never ratified by the U.S. so saying a Republican 'pulled out' when a Democrat never put us in is silly.   In 2009, Democrats had a majority in Congress and the White House no party has had in 200 years yet they did not 'put us in Kyoto' so blaming Bush is predictable, but silly.

    What Pres. Obama has done is spend a lot of money - economic stimuli for legacy green technology like wind vanes and solar panels that have done nothing to curb emissions, and implementing controls on emissions for the future without any road map how to get there except a belief in the miracle of capitalism when it suits people who otherwise believe only government can do anything.   

    Basically, Obama has pressing short-term concerns, like high unemployment despite spending all that money, and not everything can be red alert so global warming is not making the cut; it's almost impossible that anyone in the current field of Republican candidates can defeat him - he may not govern well but Obama campaigns well - but if he can be defeated, it will only be because disgruntled progressives stay home.    Progressives have not voted for a Republican in decades but they have not voted, as in 2004, when Bush trounced Kerry.

    "His election was accompanied by intense hope that many things in need of change would change," Gore writes in Rolling Stone. "Some things have, but others have not. Climate policy, unfortunately, falls into the second category."

    Comments

    We need a policy to retire ALL FORMS OF CARBON FUELS as soon as possible. There are four states burning today, one or two of them setting new records, spewing Carbon-Dioxide gas as a burn product, which is part of the self-acceleration mechanism of Global Warming. Climate change dehydrates continental interiors, which dessicates interior air, which contributes to wildfires, which adds to the speed of Global Warming.

    Methane gas (Natural Gas) is not cleaner, as unburned molecules regularly go out the flue. Each molecule of methane in the upper atmosphere destroys ozone thereby producing 25 times the global warming effect of one molecule of CO2. All the methane which does burn becomes CO2.

    We have seven times more fossil fuels needed to kill the Earth. We are not running out of fuels -- we are running out of environment which supports higher life.

    The rooftops of American homes (100 million family residences x 2000 sq.ft. average floorplan) is 10% more than enough space to generate all the electrical production required presently to power the national grid. This is assuming low-efficiency 12 watts per sq.ft. polysilicon cheap photovoltaic panels with zero technical breakthroughs required.

    A smartgrid with plug-in BEV vehicles (like the Chevy Volt) will store 4 times the daily PV production, buying and selling electrons than is needed daily by America by the power grid. Hydrogen fuel cells of a 60 kW car will power 60 homes for every hour that it has fuel.

    Moving electrons is expensive -- it costs $1 megabuck per mile for transmission lines for the power grid, but trucks can move PV silicon wafers from the windfields in the Dakotas to where the power is needed very economically. Turning wind into PV silicon makes more sense than pumping electrons. There's no shortage of wind or PV in that scenario, and no shortage of storage with 100,000,000 American cars and light trucks storing 20 kW each.

    Hank
    A smartgrid with plug-in BEV vehicles (like the Chevy Volt) will store 4 times the daily PV production, buying and selling electrons than is needed daily by America by the power grid. Hydrogen fuel cells of a 60 kW car will power 60 homes for every hour that it has fuel.
    That's a win for emissions but a disaster for the environment.  We need to hope plug-in vehicles never take off or acid rain would kill us before climate change could.     Now, a new storage technology may work but that would likely accompany new generation, making a storage process that essentially has not changed in a hundred years, same as combustion engines, irrelevant.