With the Obama administration taking the reins on the issue of global warming — and planning serious action — Al Gore was asked to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today and provide testimony on the subject. Gore is seen as adding weight to legislation backed by Democrats to decrease C02 emissions and rejoin international efforts to fight climate change — especially 10 months from now for an updated version of the Kyoto protocol. Below are some highlights from the speech he gave to the committee:
* “In order to repower our economy, restore American economic and moral leadership in the world and regain control of our destiny, we must take bold action now. The first step is already before us. I urge this Congress to quickly pass the entirety of President Obama’s Recovery package.”
* “The plan’s unprecedented and critical investments in four key areas – energy efficiency, renewables, a unified national energy grid and the move to clean cars – represent an important down payment and are long overdue.”
* “Quickly building our capacity to generate clean electricity will lay the groundwork for the next major step needed: placing a price on carbon.”
Gore also gave something of a mini-slideshow of photos after the event concluded. In his presentation, he compared Earth and Venus and why the average temperature on Venus (855 degrees) in so much warmer due to C02 gas in its atmosphere — and not because of its distance to the sun. He also told the committee that the earth could see an average increase of 11 degrees within the next 100 years if nothing is done to combat C02. The loss of Arctic sea ice was also shown — with special emphasis on 2007 when an incredible amount of ice surface area disappeared.
Based on these slides, Gore’s presentation has been radically updated since his original Inconvenient Truth set. The animations, graphics, and content are much slicker and do a better job of explaining the issue. Could this be a preview of what to expect when Gore’s sequel to An Inconvenient Truth is released sometime soon? Stay tuned.