Center for Ethics and Leadership

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Alternative Fuels Debate Heats Up

Natural gas and wind, or sun and wind? Former Vice President Albert Gore has been working hard to raise our awareness of the climate crisis and to convince us of the need to develop solar and wind power. I did not see his movie, but he acquitted himself well with Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press last Sunday. T. Boone Pickens, noted oil man and investor, has now also gone on record in favor of developing wind power and more uses for natural gas. Pickens has created a few television commercials during which he makes his case. The two men disagree on the use of natural gas; Gore points out that it is not a renewable source of energy and produces carbon-based emissions. Pickens also owns companies in the wind power and natural gas sectors.

I'm just happy we have started talking about it. It's a lot better than making fun of Al Gore. We have a serious problem, and I wonder just how quickly we could make progress if we marshaled our ingenuity the way we did when President Kennedy challenged us to put a man on the moon in ten years. Technology can advance even more quickly than it did nearly a half-century ago -- if we want it to.

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