FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Al Gore says it will be like the challenge of landing a man on the moon.
He's calling on the United States to switch all of this country's electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years.
Gore says our dependence on carbon-based fuels is at the core of our economic, environmental and national security crises. Here's how Gore sums up our dilemma. "We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that has to change."
The former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner says the most important policy change will be to tax carbon dioxide pollution. Gore's bipartisan group estimates the 30-year cost of his plan is between $1.5 and $3 trillion.
But some energy experts say Gore's plan moves way too fast, that the country won't be able to go "cold turkey" and get off fossil fuels in a decade.
Others are even more critical. Republican Senator George Voinovich says it's "ridiculous" to think the nation could go carbon-free in 10 years. He says "We could take and put wind mills from the Atlantic to the Pacific and yes, it will increase the amount of carbon-free energy production, but the fact of the matter is, it's not going to get the job done."
Coal supplies about half of the nation's electricity. It's also responsible for more than a third of the country's carbon dioxide pollution, which is most often blamed for global warming.
Here’s my question to you: Is Al Gore’s call for carbon-free electricity in 10 years doable or “ridiculous”?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
It's not impossible to become energy independent in ten years as long as everyone in Washington and the companies who profit from fossil fuels are on board with the idea. That, however, is impossible.
Ward from Gainesville, Fla. writes:
At least it’s a plan, probably 20 years too late – but it’s a plan. What’s yours?
Brian from Trinidad writes:
Gore's entire global warming, sky-is-falling cry and anything associated with it is the phoniest thing since they told me that I would go to hell if I ate meat on Fridays.
It's doable normally, but keep in mind this nation put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage. Eventually and gradually things will change, but not for the future. Things will change only when people hurt more in their pocketbooks.
Vinny from Connecticut writes:
Yeah, Al. Let's go back to the stone age, too! The older Gore gets, the weirder and crazier he becomes. Even if we did go "carbon free" in 10 years, what about the rest of the world, Al? Will they also listen to you, the Nobel Prize winner, expert and sage? Give me a break, Al!
Rick from Texas writes:
It is neither doable nor "ridiculous", but it is a goal worth establishing. Like in sports, the goal is to score every time you are on offense, but it doesn’t happen. This goal will not happen either, but we will be much better off if we try to reach it.
The more Gore talks, the more convinced I am that the Supreme Court got it right.