by Michael dEstries
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Forget the last seven years and change. Former Vice-President Al Gore gave a speech today on the nation’s energy crisis that President Bush has failed to deliver his entire tenure. It was a beautiful glimpse of what might have been had the 2000 elections not gone the way they did.

Gore was in Washington, DC addressing a large crowd and touching on several of the nation’s current problems, saying the economic, environmental and national security crises are all related. “I don’t remember a time in our country when so many things seemed to be going so wrong simultaneously,” Gore said. “To begin to fix all the problems, the answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels.”

The Nobel Prize winner called upon the United States to produce all of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources in 10 years. If we all had the same ideas and were in agreement, I’d say such a goal might be possible — but honestly, we’re too ass-backwards for such a push.

Gore ended his speech saying,

“We must now lift our nation to reach another goal that will change history. Our entire civilization depends upon us now embarking on a new journey of exploration and discovery. Our success depends on our willingness as a people to undertake this journey and to complete it within 10 years. Once again, we have an opportunity to take a giant leap for humankind.”

Click here for an annotated transcript of the speech.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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