Genetically Superior

Thanks Al Gore, you’re super awesome. by Kevin
July 19, 2008, 7:24 pm
Filed under: Politics, Written by Kevin | Tags: , , , , ,

This may represent the first of many politically-charged posts, but this one probably won’t be as batshit crazy as future ones. I consider myself a strict environmentalist and conservationist, but I think many people have yet to recognize the reality of the challenges we face as a global community.

Al Gore announced on Thursday a goal to make the entire U.S. carbon neutral within ten years. All I have to say is: Good Luck, because he is going to need an enormous amount of it. This is one of the most lofty goals I’ve heard from a politician of his status. He relates this goal to JFK’s decision to be on the moon within a decade, but I really don’t see any similarities. While going to the moon was certainly a lofty goal, JFK increased NASA’s funding immensely and the country was behind him. This is not the case for Mr. Gore. There’s no money while our currency plunges, two wars and a global empire put us farther into debt, and an incompetent government continues to approve unbalanced budgets. There is also a significant lack in support for this cause, as many still approach global warming as a “theory.”

In order to accomplish a goal like this, we would need to replace most if not all the energy created by coal power plants in the U.S. with renewable sources. Once again, good luck Mr. Gore. The amount of solar and wind energy in this country has yet to break 10% of overall energy produced, it would need to grow 500% or more to displace the energy currently generated from coal-burning plants. Although I believe the technology to make solar cheaper than coal will arrive within 5 years, building an infrastructure to support it will take much longer. It is also insane to expect transit in the U.S. to shift enough to make us carbon-neutral. Driving is part of American culture, and although recent gas prices have led to significantly less driving, I think driving will remain a big part of most American lives. Even if we all drive hybrids (which are actually more harmful to the environment than most would expect, but thats another day) and use public transit (which is lacking in most U.S. cities) we still won’t be able to make this country’s roads carbon neutral.

I do hope that one day the United States will be carbon-neutral, have an economy based on renewable sources, everyone will eat organic food, and we won’t need a military because everyone loves each other. But these expectations will never amount to reality. Global warming is definitely one of the top issues humanity as a whole needs to address, and the United States should have an influential role; but lofty goals like this are doomed to fail.

While Al Gore has done great things for this country, including inventing the internet (lulz.), if he honestly thinks this is a realistic goal, he is sillier than we all thought.


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