Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Al Gore's Top 10 Policy Tips To House of Representatives

Al Gore's Testimony before the House of Representatives energy and science committee has been described in some detail by Dave Roberts over at Grist.

  1. An immediate "carbon freeze" that would cap U.S. CO2 emissions at current levels, followed by a program to generate 90% reductions by 2050.
  2. Start a long-term tax shift to reduce payroll taxes and increase taxes on CO2 emissions.
  3. Put aside a portion of carbon tax revenues to help low-income people make the transition.
  4. Create a strong international treaty by working toward "de facto compliance with Kyoto" and moving up the start date for Kyoto's successor from 2012 to 2010.
  5. Implement a moratorium on construction of new coal-fired power plants that are not compatible with carbon capture and sequestration.
  6. Create an "ELECTRANET" -- a smart electricity grid that allows individuals and businesses to feed power back in at prevailing market rates.
  7. Raise CAFE standards.
  8. Set a date for a ban on incandescent light bulbs.
  9. Create "Connie Mae," a carbon-neutral mortgage association, to help defray the upfront costs of energy-efficient building.
  10. Have the SEC require disclosure of carbon emissions in corporate reporting, as a relevant "material risk."

Dave also provides a link to the video on Youtube of the entire testiomy, along with a breakdown of Al's recommendations. Which are bellow. Basically, i nicked Dave's post...err thanks dave! Please check out grist if you haven't already, great green mag.

Al gore's presentation that has been turned into An Inconvenient Truth can be found here in full.

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