It is incredibly exciting to see how the wave of public opinion is quickly becoming a tsunami in favor of taking back our policy-making power, turning away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy resources, which truly are available to us, despite the common claim that solar, wind and geothermal power are distant dreams for the future. The pentagon has a premium solar installation and President George Bush’s ranch is heated and cooled with an earth-based geothermal system, after all! Clearly, the public isn’t buying the “coal/oil is the only way” spiel any longer.
I had the pleasure of seeing former President-Elect Al Gore's new film, An Inconvenient Truth last night. Enjoy this teaser to the film, then get your self to the movie theater as soon as you can. I've read my colleagues' reports that Mr. Gore has no interest nor intention of running for presidential office again, but with this film he has certainly positioned himself as a leader who understands the dire environmental issues we're facing, and as a leader who can guide us through the harrowing future we face as we try to turn the tide away from devastation and back toward a future we can live with. One thing is certain: Al Gore is not just the messenger, and whatever is next, we will benefit from his knowledge on this issue. Will the public demand that the man they chose for office in 2000 finally be allowed to take the role? Let's hope so.