"Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years."
- Al Gore, July 17, 2008
"I strongly agree with Vice President Gore that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, but must fast-track investments in renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power and advanced biofuels. . . . It's a strategy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced, and one that will leave our children a world that is cleaner and safer."
- Barack Obama, July 17, 2008
It's telling that we are seeing Al Gore in a suit & tie, with all those flags behind him again. To me, this says to me that he feels that it's time to become political, if only to put this issue on the front burner.
Al Gore has spoken previously as a political outsider, as that best suited his ability to be effective... but now he's upping the ante, and will be speaking to a national audience throughout this campaign, with a level of gravitas that is arguably higher today than that of any former president living today. And when he speaks, it will be assumed by many that he speaks with the approval and blessing of the next President of the United States... whoever that may be...
...and woe betide to any candidate who crosses him! Expect Al Gore to try to nail Barack Obama *AND* John McCain down to firm commitments ahead of time, and expect him to keep beating up on John McCain for wanting to allow his supporters to drill everywhere, even as McCain is forced to adopt a green facade.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.