INTERVIEWER. Mr. President, thanks for letting me talk to you again, so soon after your State of the Union Address, in which you proposed bold new initiatives for the remainder of your presidency. Real tax cuts for the middle class. A Project Apollo style energy program. Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. Shutting down offshore tax havens. Banning lobbyists from the Capitol Building, but lets start with global warminglong a passionate concern of yours.
PRES. GORE: First, allow me to extend greetings to Tennessee, its great talking to you, I really mean that, but, to get on point, we have to face the fact that our planet is in peril. We no longer have the luxury of fighting wars of choice that waste human potential and increase the terror and disunity of this earth. Our environment is failing. Coral bleaching is damaging the world's fisheries at an alarming rate. Sea levels are rising, destroying coastal cities and crucial wetlands. A shutdown of ocean currents that moderate the climate in northern Europe could lead to a new ice age. Were experiencing unbelievable hurricanes, tornados, droughts, famines, fires, and witnessing the destruction of many species, which could unravel the fabric of life. All life forms on this planet are related by their very DNA, so were all in this together. Now, I believe we can head off some of the problems if all modern countries and others come together and USE this challenge as a unifying force, something I proposed in my book, Earth in the Balance.
INT. Is there a chance of that?
INT. Such as?
PRES. GORE: Oil from tar sands, a greatly increased reliance on coal. Nuclear power is especially fraught with peril. We came awfully close to invading Iraq three years ago based on phony documents showing that country bought yellow cake uranium from Niger. Even as I speak, some propose bombing Iran for asserting the right to build nuclear plants. This may or may not be necessary, but weve had an incoherent policy in this regard, and it confuses our opponents and allies alike.
PRES. GORE: Some in Congress and certain right-wing think tanks have asserted the need to build more nuclear reactors, which they promote as the salvation of the world, but in practice theyve led us to the brink of war and environmental destruction time and again. No, solar, wind and hydrogen are better alternatives. Thats why I recommended a Project Apollo for energy. As I said in my speech, its time for a bold new initiative to explore dramatic solutions in careful, yet dynamic ways. For instance, well look into the possibility of establishing solar collecting stations in low earth orbit that could transform our suns radiationwhich never stops streaming out thereinto power. We could then beam that energy down as x-rays, possibly, or even feed the power through cables to the surface of the Earth, where we could use it to produce hydrogen energy from seawater. Now, dont go reporting that I said I invented space energy. Lets be clear. The great British writer, Arthur C. Clarkewho first proposed modern communications satellitessuggested this solution many years ago. It sounds like science fiction, but then what doesnt in the realm of energy and communications? That's just one idea we'll explore.
INT. But do we have materials adequate to do the job, for instance, cables with sufficient tensile strength to reach all the way to satellites orbiting in space?
PRES. GORE: Were looking into that. The potential for nano-technology in this regard is amazing. Also, one of the beauties of zero-gravity is that it allows for creating all sorts of alloys. The point is, if this approach works, well solve our energy problems for all time.
INT. And if it doesnt?
PRES. In that case, we will have spent $60 billion to mark a dead-end approach off our list, an amount we mightve spent in one year, say, by invading some oil-rich country in the Middle East, a gamble in itself. Well also explore other ideasmaybe tapping thermal energy inside the earth. And well open the power gridand thereby the energy market--to lots of small entrepreneurs who might have ideas weve never even considered for generating earth friendly power. I have faith that, by empowering our citizens of all races and persuasions with hope and opportunity we can build a future based on intelligence, science, faith and a pro-active approach that will result in a better world for all who share this planet.