November 2009

We Can Lead November 2, 2009 : 5:50 PM

The good news according to The New York Times:

“A consortium of Chinese and American companies announced a joint venture today to construct a massive 600-megawatt wind farm in West Texas . . .”

The bad news:

“…utilizing wind turbines manufactured in China.”

It is great that Texas will be the source of more clean, renewable wind power. However, I want the US to be leading in the field, by manufacturing clean energy equipment for export all over the world.

Right now China exports 95% of its solar components. After building up our green energy infrastructure we can do the same, creating jobs for countless Americans.

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Our Choice November 3, 2009 : 9:51 AM

An old African proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

We have to go far. . . quickly.

My new book, Our Choice, is about solutions to the climate crisis that can help us do just that. During the three and a half years since the publication of An Inconvenient Truth, I organized more than thirty “Solutions Summits,” where experts from around the world shared their knowledge and experience in subjects relevant to the construction of a plan to solve the climate crisis. In addition, I engaged in a large number of one-on-one sessions with other leading experts to map out a blue print for action.

Our Choice is the result of this multi-year effort. The book is available today and can be purchased online at:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Borders
Indie Bound

As with "An Inconvenient Truth" 100 percent of Tipper’s and my proceeds will be contributed to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

For me, this has been an exciting and illuminating journey, because it is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve three or four climate crises – and we only need to solve one. The only missing ingredient is collective will.

We can solve the climate crisis. It will be hard, to be sure, but if we choose to solve it, I have no doubt whatsoever that we can and will succeed.

It will be hard, but we can solve it!

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More National Security Risks Caused By the Climate Crisis November 4, 2009 : 11:35 AM

I've posted on this before, but it's a vital part of the climate debate. According to the AP:

"An island in the Indian Ocean, vital to the U.S. military, disappears as the sea level rises. Rivers critical to India and Pakistan shrink, increasing military tensions in South Asia. Drought, famine and disease forces population shifts and political turmoil in the Middle East."

"U.S. defense and intelligence agencies, viewing these and other potential impacts of global warming, have concluded if they materialize it would become ever more likely global alliances will shift, the need to respond to massive relief efforts will increase and American forces will become entangled in more regional military conflicts."

"It is a bleak picture of national security that backers of a climate bill in Congress hope will draw in reluctant Republicans who have denounced the bill as an energy tax and jobs killer because it would shift the country away from fossil fuels by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial facilities. "

The Senate needs to act quickly and pass climate and green jobs legislation. The price for inaction is far too high.

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My Formidable Opponent - Stephen Colbert November 5, 2009 : 7:49 AM

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Formidable Opponent - Global Warming With Al Gore
www.colbertnation.com
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Congratulations 350.org November 5, 2009 : 3:39 PM

I want to congratulate my friend Bill McKibbon on the incredibly successful 350.org event that occurred around the world on October 24. According to Bill:

“We're sitting here in our temporary offices in lower Manhattan hunched over laptops drowning in images--15,000 photos and thousands of minutes of video have arrived from what turned out to be 5,200 rallies, protests, and demonstrations in 181 countries around the world.”

“It was, according to any number of journalistic accounts, "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history." But here's the thing that impresses us. There wasn't a rock star or a movie star or a charismatic politician in sight. It was ordinary citizens and scientists coming together around a scientific data point.”

It was truly an amazing day and one that will have a tremendous impact.

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Rejecting the "Global Cooling" Myth November 6, 2009 : 2:06 PM

Global cooling is a myth, designed by climate deniers to prevent us from having a real debate on this vital issue. Don’t take my word for it. Here is what the AP and four independent statisticians say:

"It's not true, according to an analysis of the numbers done by several independent statisticians for The Associated Press."

"The case that the Earth might be cooling partly stems from recent weather. Last year was cooler than previous years. It's been a while since the super-hot years of 1998 and 2005. So is this a longer climate trend or just weather's normal ups and downs?"

"In a blind test, the AP gave temperature data to four independent statisticians and asked them to look for trends, without telling them what the numbers represented. The experts found no true temperature declines over time."

""If you look at the data and sort of cherry-pick a micro-trend within a bigger trend, that technique is particularly suspect," said John Grego, a professor of statistics at the University of South Carolina"".

Facts should drive the debate, not myths from those intent on keeping the status quo in place.

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Busy Week November 9, 2009 : 3:44 PM

My tour promoting Our Choice continues this week.

Right now I am in San Francisco. On Wednesday, I’ll be in Phoenix speaking at Greenbuild Conference and later this week, I am looking forward to appearing at the Miami Book Fair. I hope to see some of you at these events.

If you haven’t yet, you can purchase Our Choice online at:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Borders
Indie Bound

As with An Inconvenient Truth, 100 percent of the proceeds I would otherwise earn will be contributed to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

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President Obama in Copenhagen November 10, 2009 : 4:29 PM

I was asked last week, "would it be helpful for President Obama to go to the United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen in December?"

The answer is, of course, yes, and I think he probably will. I certainly hope he will. Given how high the stakes of this international meeting are, I think it would make a big difference. Because we're the strongest economy, one of the two largest emitters of global warming pollution, and recognized as the natural leader of the world community, it's important for us as Americans to fully appreciate the role we play.

Since this is the most dangerous challenge the world has ever faced, and since the scientists have given us fresh warnings that we don't have a lot of time to reduce global warming pollution, it's really important for the United States to play the leadership role the rest of the world expects us to play.

President Obama's attendance in Copenhagen would be a clear signal of our leadership.

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A constructive debate November 12, 2009 : 3:05 PM

Last week the Environment and Public Works committee, under the able leadership of Senator Barbara Boxer, passed the most comprehensive piece of climate legislation in a generation. The vote was 11-1. Not a single Republican on the committee showed up.

This is a serious issue that requires our full attention. Republican Senators have decided that the better tactic is to ignore and stall and delay. After not showing up for the vote, they now complain about not being part of the process.

There is room for bipartisanship on this issue, as Senator Lindsay Graham has demonstrated. It is my hope that other Republicans begin to take their cues from him.

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The Tonight Show and Larry King Live November 17, 2009 : 3:16 PM

Last week I appeared on the Tonight Show and Larry King Live. If you missed either appearance you can watch them below:

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Green Week November 18, 2009 : 6:24 PM

Be sure to tune into NBC for Green Week. According to the AP:

"NBC Universal's three-year "green" campaign has largely focused on off-camera issues like making company facilities more eco-friendly. Some of those news and information programs have also been enlisted to do stories on environmental issues, but except for one "30 Rock" episode two years ago, the campaign hasn't touched the prime-time lineup."

"This year on "30 Rock," corporate boss Jack Donaghy tells the late-night show's staff it has to cut its carbon footprint by 5 percent, and puts Kenneth the Page in charge of getting it done."

I’ll be making a guest appearance on the show, which airs Thursday night.

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On The Wall November 19, 2009 : 4:57 PM

A few weeks ago we launched the Repower America Wall. Tens of thousands of people posted videos and pictures signifying their dedication to solving the climate crisis. The Alliance for Climate Protection has even used these voices in their TV ad campaigns.

You may be surprised who you meet on the wall. Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield wrote on the wall:

“Through the Evander Holyfield Solar Farm project and now Repower America, I am proud to be a partner in the green movement to heal the earth. I am also dedicated to an approach which minimizes the disruption to the local economy and ecosystem. I look forward to working with key stakeholders in the green community as well as public local, state and federal officials to make this happen. As a member of the boxing community and an elite group of champion boxers, I call on my friends in the boxing industry to take this challenge too.”

You can add your voice to the Wall by clicking here.

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Great News November 20, 2009 : 2:54 PM

Last week I wrote about why it would be beneficial for President Obama to go to Copenhagen. According to Reuters:

“U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he would travel to Copenhagen next month if a climate summit is on the verge of a framework deal and his presence there will make a difference in clinching it.”

The attendance of the President at the Copenhagen summit would be a symbol to the world that the US is ready to take a leading role in solving the climate crisis.

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The Eizenstat Lecture November 23, 2009 : 5:05 PM

I'm in Atlanta today to deliver the Eizenstat Family Memorial Lecture at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. I’ll be discussing, Solutions to the Climate Crisis: The opportunities and choices we must make in the US and around the world.

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Bill Bradbury for Governor November 25, 2009 : 11:22 AM

Last week I was proud to endorse my friend Bill Bradbury for Governor of Oregon.

Bill is a man of extremely strong character, commitment and leadership. He was one of the first fifty people I trained to give my Keynote presentation through the Climate Project and has presented it over 200 times.

He will make an exceptional Governor. If you would like to learn more about Bill or help out his campaign visit: http://bradbury2010.com

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President Obama will attend the global warming treaty talks in Copenhagen. November 25, 2009 : 6:20 PM

President Obama took an important step today with the announcement that he will attend the global warming treaty talks in Copenhagen.

This action is another example of the significant change in policy on the climate crisis. It began in February with the inclusion of huge new provisions in the stimulus package, which are helping to jumpstart green jobs, energy efficiency, the building of a US supergrid and new incentives for the development of renewable energy.

Then, the administration announced historic new efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and encouraged the House of Representatives to successfully pass responsible climate legislation. President Obama’s EPA created a rule requiring reductions of CO2 emissions by firms representing 85 percent of US global warming pollution releases and created a global warming pollution reporting requirement which takes place 6 weeks from now on January 1st.

The White House has also worked to encourage passage by the US Senate of legislation matching the achievement of the US House of Representatives.

Those who feared that the United States had abdicated its global responsibility should take hope from these actions and work towards completing a strong operational agreement next month in Copenhagen and guidelines for negotiators to complete their work next year on a comprehensive treaty.

It is my hope that the Senate will support the President and move quickly to pass climate and energy legislation early next year in order to ensure that the world moves toward speedy solutions for the climate crisis.

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Happy Thanksgiving November 26, 2009 : 5:39 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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