Al Gore is calling for America to step up and start on a path of using alternative energy sources to replace our reliance on fossil fuels and oil. In a speech in Washington DC, Mr. Gore suggest that the United States should start using wind and geothermal power to meet our electrical needs and to fuel a new fleet of electric vehicles. According to an article in SF Gate it states:

The goal is the most ambitious energy plan by a major U.S. political figure – and one many energy experts say is unrealistic. Gore insists the only real obstacle is the reluctance of America’s leaders to seek bold solutions to high energy prices and global warming. He likened his challenge to President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 call to put a man on the moon.

“This goal is achievable, affordable and transformative,” Gore told more than 1,000 cheering supporters at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington. “It represents a challenge to all Americans in every walk of life: to our political leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers and to every citizen.”

Gore is seeking to pressure the presidential candidates and Congress, which is in the middle of a fierce debate on energy policy. He said he has spoken to both Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama about his ideas. Obama issued a statement Thursday saying he strongly agrees with Gore’s goal.

But one statement in the article which states:

many energy experts say is unrealistic

Is disturbing. It is this type of thinking that has held us back for some 35 years. This same type of thinking that has made us rely on foreign oil. The same type of thinking that will bankrupt this country if we do not change the way we think.¬† Mr Gore’s outlook is refreshing at a time when we need to start to think outside the box. When we need to look for alternatives now and not wait any longer for future high oil prices to hit our pocket books any harder.

Unrealistic? Baloney. This country of ours can meet the challenge and we can break the stranglehold of foreign oil.

If our current administration and the current Congress  can not or will not act on this energy crisis, it is time for us to throw the dead wood out of office. Can it be done? Sure it can. Recall how the people of California reacted when the than governor, Gray Davis, cut deals with the electrical providers at ridiculously high prices. Gray Davis found himself unemployed.

What do you think? Is it time to take the bull by the horns and develop alternative energy sources? Or should we sit on our butts and let the Arab countries dictate energy policies to us?  Is it time for us to take back our country or should we continue to let the oil companies tell us what we will pay to drive our vehicles?

Comments welcome.