Filed under: Policy
Al Gore ran an op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday, outlining a 5-point energy-economy recovery plan for the new Obama administration. It’s worth a read.
Briefly, Gore calls for:
1. Large-scale investment in Southwestern utility-scale solar plants, Great Plains windfarms and Mountain State geothermal plants.
2. Deployment of a unified national smart grid, using high-voltage underground lines.
3. Help for the auto industry — start-ups as well as the Big Three — to convert quickly to production of PHEVs.
4. A program to retrofit building with energy-efficient insulation and windows, coupled with help for mortgage holders.
5. A price on carbon emissions.
Here in Boulder County, we’re doing our share. We passed our Proposition 1A, putting the county into the business of loaning money for rooftop solar installations.
And Yamavolt, the electric road racer, is tidied up and back on commuting duty. Looks good enough now that I think I’ll start showing it off at renewable energy functions.
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