The Al Gore presentation titled “An Inconvenient Truth” has had a run in the theaters and is selling like hot cakes on DVD. Live versions are being presented at college campuses and at town hall meetings around the globe by volunteers that believe strongly in the message and the need for change. There are a number of organizations that are rallying to the cause, perhaps one of the largest is stopglobalwarming.org.
This morning, I read a story titled Locals offer ideas for curbing global warming, about a University of Washington graduate student named Carrie Lee who took the story to Belfast, Maine. She delivered her version of Gore’s slide show to a “packed” town hall meeting.
The journalist covering the story included a very important phrase in the description of the presentation. After summarizing Lee’s description of the problem, here is how she described part of Lee’s description of the solution:
Lee then gave suggestions on what individuals can do to help curb global warming. Buying efficient vehicles and driving them less has the biggest impact, she said.
But supporting wind power, nuclear energy (emphasis added) and efficient buildings would help, too. “We need public policy change,” she said, quoting business owners who would support a green energy system as long as it was clear and fair.
As I have said before, I think that Gore and his supporters are natural allies for people that believe that the cleanest possible power should be used as much as possible. Gotta love those trees and the people that hug them.
I used the linked web form from the article to suggest to the editors of “The Soup”, the Belfast, Maine community newspaper, that local residents should get involved in the Wiscasset, Maine power plant site decision process that I described a few days ago. I thought it might be a good idea for Belfast residents to suggest to their neighbors that a new nuclear plant would be a far better choice than a new coal plant.