Thursday, September 25, 2008

Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants

Gore now urges breaking the law. That's not the gentlemanly thing to do. Stopping coal plants is a good idea, but this is not the right way. And carbon capture and sequestration is not the right reason. He is wrong on two counts. Strike one and strike two. One more strike and he is out.

The right reason to stop coal plants is because they emit SO2, that's sulfur dioxide, which is bad for forests. They also emit other toxins bad for humans and animals to breath. So they are dirty, but the CO2 is not a real reason, because global warming is not caused by this source, primarily, and with the sun spot cycle slowing down, it is likely to get colder in the future, not warmer.

The right way is through government and civil discourse, not civil disobedience.

Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants
Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:29pm EDT

By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon.

The former U.S. vice president, whose climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Academy Award, told a philanthropic meeting in New York City that "the world has lost ground to the climate crisis."

"If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe 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," Gore told the Clinton Global Initiative gathering to loud applause.

"I believe for a carbon company to spend money convincing the stock-buying public that the risk from the global climate crisis is not that great represents a form of stock fraud because they are misrepresenting a material fact," he said. "I hope these state attorney generals around the country will take some action on that."

The government says about 28 coal plants are under construction in the United States. Another 20 projects have permits or are near the start of construction.

Scientists say carbon gases from burning fossil fuel for power and transport are a key factor in global warming.

Carbon capture and storage could give coal power an extended lease on life by keeping power plants' greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere and easing climate change.

But no commercial-scale project exists anywhere to demonstrate the technology, partly because it is expected to increase up-front capital costs by an additional 50 percent.

So-called geo-sequestration of carbon sees carbon dioxide liquefied and pumped into underground rock layers for long term storage.

(Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Christine Kearney and Xavier Briand)

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