‘We need to obey the first law of holes,’ Gore said of climate change. ‘When you’re in one, stop digging.’
Rachel Koning Beals, MarketWatch
EnergiesNet.com 11 07 2022
Leaders must ‘choose life over death’ and end the use of fossil fuels.
That’s former U.S. vice president and onetime presidential hopeful Al Gore, whose nearly two-decade focus on combating climate change regularly gives him top billing at high-profile events, including the U.N.’s COP27 in Egypt.
Gore made an impassioned call in a Monday speech for leaders to move more quickly to wean consumers and businesses off coal, oil CL00, -0.96% and gas.
“We need to obey the first law of holes,” Gore said of climate change. “When you’re in one, stop digging.”
Gore called for larger pledges of private capital to fund the transition to solar, wind, hydrogen and energy-efficient technologies. A private-sector commitment would provide the trillions of dollars, not billions, that are needed, he said.
Gore, a long-time environmental campaigner who was among the first to raise the alarm about climate change and won an Oscar for his 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” told the summit attendees that they should turn away from destructive behavior, insisting that “we have other choices” in the form of renewable energy ICLN, -1.04%. Gore founded The Climate Reality Project in 2005. His bid for the U.S. presidency in 2000 ended with his loss to George W. Bush in a closely contested election.
His urgency was echoed in other speeches, and in opening remarks from U.N. officials who have chastised the slow movement by rich nations and called for major polluters, like the U.S. and China, to find more ways to align efforts.
More than 40,000 participants have been registered for this year’s talks, a number up from other recent Conference of Parties (COP) summits, and likely reflecting the tightening sense of urgency as major weather events around the world take a human toll and cost billions of dollars in economic loss and replacement.
The talks also begin the same week Democrats face a major test of their climate-change initiatives in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Late polling gives a narrow edge to Republicans — who, if they regain majorities, are likely to dust off their own plans for climate change and energy under the potential House leadership of Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Early drafts of his climate legislation have favored speeding up drilling permits and keeping natural gas NG00, -4.38% in a diverse energy mix that includes wind and solar.
Still, dismantling the just-passed climate-heavy spending bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Action (IRA), for instance, would require passage of a new law to either repeal or replace it. Doing that will take either a two-thirds GOP majority in both the House and Senate, or a shocking about-face from a gaggle of Democrats.
The Associated Press contributed.
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