Bob Barr Backs Gore's 10-Year Energy Challenge

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 3:42pm.

Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr praised Al Gore, who challenged the United States Thursday to run on 100 percent zero-carbon electricity within 10 years.  

Barr, a former Republican congressman from Georgia who attended the former vice president's Washington, D.C., speech Thursday, said Gore's plan "makes sense."
"America responds well to challenges, if it is laid out, if it's in terms that people can understand and relate to, if it makes sense - and what he's laid out makes sense," Barr said in an interview with Cybercast News Service after Gore spoke.
In a speech at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall, Gore said the United States should move towards producing all of its electricity from renewable energy and clean carbon-free sources, a strategy Gore said would "re-power America."
Gore compared his 10-year challenge to the one issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, which triggered the space race and the effort to put a man on the moon.
"When President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely in 10 years, many people doubted we could accomplish that goal," Gore said to a standing-room only audience. "But eight years and two months later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon."
Barr, who attended Thursday's speech, said he was "deeply" indebted to Gore for "laying the challenge out there."
Using the words spoken by Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the surface of the moon in 1969, Gore said the achievement of his goal in 10 years would be a "giant leap for mankind."
"Our entire civilization depends upon us now embarking on a new journey of exploration and discovery," he said.
Gore gave a broad outline of how he proposed the United States meet his challenge. He suggested tapping into solar energy, harnessing wind power and using geothermal energy. Gore urged the creation of a unified national electric grid and the manufacturing of plug-in electric cars.
Gore also said the "single most important policy change we can make" would be to "tax what we burn, not what we earn" - meaning reducing payroll taxes and enacting carbon dioxide taxes.
In comments sure to draw the ire of conservatives, Gore touched on the recent national debate about offshore drilling by criticizing President Bush, who announced Monday he was lifting an executive ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf. Congress has yet to lift its own ban on drilling.
"It is only a truly dysfunctional system that would buy into the perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for more oil 10 years from now," Gore said.
Both Barr and the presumed Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have said they support drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf.
Barr was the only presidential candidate who attended Gore' speech, a fact that the Nobel Prize winner noted while encouraging all the candidates to adopt his "zero-carbon" electricity plan.
"We've had a number of very, very interesting conversations," Gore said. "I appreciate your open mind and your serious approach to the challenge our country is facing."
Both McCain and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, praised the former vice president in statements issued after the speech.
"For decades, Al Gore has challenged the skeptics in Washington on climate change and awakened the conscience of a nation to the urgency of this threat," Obama said Thursday, endorsing Gore's challenge.
McCain sounded a similar note, saying he has "admired the vice president on this issue," but noted he differs with Gore in a key area: support for nuclear energy.
"There may be some aspects of climate change that he and I are in disagreement on but overall ... I've always been a supporter of nuclear power and he has not agreed with that," McCain said.
Barr, meanwhile, said neither of his opponents have, as yet, "sufficiently addressed" the issues of climate change and alternative energy sources.

"I hope that it does get on their agenda in a much more substantive way than it has so far," he said.

 Al Gore departed from a speech on alternative energy in a limousine that had been idling for at least 15 minutes!

Kaitlynn Riely, Correspondent - July 21, 2008 - source CNSNews

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 3:42pm.