Combating Climate Change – a new look with Al Gore and Jeff Skoll

Al Gore at Google Hangout 2013

Former Vice President Al Gore at the Google Hangout 

A fascinating online meeting billed as Combating Climate Change took place Tuesday June 11th. Sponsored by The Climate Reality Project (the non-profit founded by former Vice President Al Gore), it featured Gore and Jeff Skoll, the Executive Producer of the film An Inconvenient Truth. In 2006, this eye-opening film launched a worldwide conversation, some would say controversy, regarding the effects of climate change. Now, on  the film’s seventh anniversary, these two came together, with moderator Dr. Kiki Sanford to give an update on what was discussed in the film.

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Gore – Stand up or Sit down?

Nobel Laureate and Environmental Activist Al Gore today called on young people to practice civil disobedience to help stop the construction of coal plants.

“We have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration,” he said.

“For a carbon company to spend money convincing the stock-buying public that the risk from the global climate crisis is not that great,” he said, “represents a form of stock fraud.”

Currently 28 coal plants are under construction in the U.S, while another 20 have permits to begin building.

None of these have plans for carbon sequestration. The reason? It would add another 50% to their up-front costs.

Perhaps it’s simply more expedient to promote this “clean energy alternative” rather than spend stockholders money unnecessarily. Climate change isn’t their problem, is it?

Wonder what the young people have to say about that.