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Video: Gore: The future of human civilization is at stake.

Al Gore, in a speech in Washington on Thursday, called on the next President to launch an ambitious mission to break the US free of carbon-based electricity by 2018. As we’ve pointed out previously on this site, it’s technologically possible to power our entire society using solar energy.

The massive and unprecedented push to localized, renewable energy will not be easy. It will require the cooperation of the public and private sectors, big government and small government, neighbors, friends, families, and more. BUT! The push to renewable energy will be exciting and fun, and FAR more preferable to waiting until we run out of oil to figure out what to do. CVS only has so many crank-powered flashlights to go around….

From the New York Times coverage of the speech:

Former Vice President Al Gore [1] said on Thursday that Americans must abandon electricity generated by fossil fuels within a decade and rely on the sun, the winds and other environmentally friendly sources of power, or risk losing their national security as well as their creature comforts.

“The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk,” Mr. Gore said in a speech to an energy conference here. “The future of human civilization is at stake.”

Mr. Gore called for the kind of concerted national effort that enabled Americans to walk on the moon 39 years ago this month, just eight years after President John F. Kennedy [2] famously embraced that goal. He said the goal of producing all of the nation’s electricity from “renewable energy and truly clean, carbon-free sources” within 10 years is not some farfetched vision, although he said it would require fundamental changes in political thinking and personal expectations.

“This goal is achievable, affordable and transformative,” Mr. Gore said in his remarks at the conference. “It represents a challenge to all Americans, in every walk of life — to our political leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and to every citizen.”

Read the full article here. [3]

Watch the speech below.