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Eizenstat Family Memorial Lecture Featuring Al Gore

November 24, 2009

Last night I went to the Eizenstat Family Memorial Lecture at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Buckhead featuring Al Gore.  The former Vice President essentially went through the nuts and bolts of his new book “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis”.  It was a super energizing event that had the place on it’s feet and cheering, giving you the impression that everyone was going to walk out of the building, go home and retrofit their homes and get us back on the right track…and that’s what it’s going to take.  He emphasized the need to embrace renewable energy sources like solar, ground source heat pumps and wind.  One of the possible solutions that caught my ear was a 100 mile square solar collector proposed for the Arizona desert could collect 100% of the energy needed to power America.  That’s a big deal!  A major roadblock for that would be the transporting that energy across the country.  Our current system wastes about 60% of it capacity getting to your house and that’s not good enough.  These kinds of ideas will shape our future and the lives that our children and grandchildren lead.

He spoke about scientists all over the world trying to come up with the next great invention that could naturally remove carbon from the air…and many are making great strides to do so…but guess what?  It’s called a tree, and you put many together and they are called a forest!  That’s what trees do, and all we are doing is tearing them down.  Preservation and Conservation have to be on the forefront of our minds and our actions.  There are many things in our nation and world to be concerned about these days.  Farming responsibly, eating well, conserving what we are blessed with, and living in a healthy and efficient environment will naturally solve many of those issues.

You can check out his book at

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2009 3:09 pm

    Is there a recording of his speech?

  2. December 17, 2009 6:09 pm

    I haven’t seen one, but do remember seeing a camera guy in the back…probably an inside job.

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