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Dave Leggett | 18 July 2008

Al Gore certainly knows how to make the news. He's just said that the US needs to do away with all forms of carbon-emitting electricity production within ten years (er, easier said than done). Yep, that will grab some attention. At least he should spark some serious debate about energy policy in the US and that's no bad thing in a run-up to a presidential election.

Must admit, I did like this line: "We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that has to change.”

Just beware of politicians struggling to understand the energy problem or coming out with glib lines that they think will appeal to the populace. I actually would credit Gore with having done some work on the subject and to have developed his opinion as a result of that. He must know how difficult it would be to achieve what he is suggesting but wants to move the parameters of the debate in the US at this juncture.

I am not so sure our own prime minister has got a handle on the issues. He seems generally all over the place and to say he wants all new cars sold in Britain to be hybrids or electric vehicles by 2020 suggests a worryingly superficial analysis and/or inadequate briefing from his advisers. He should pick his words carefully, especially as he is about to clober hard-pressed motorists with higher taxes. Still, it's not quite as bad as 'eat up your scraps' I suppose. The man needs to get a grip on how he's coming across.

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