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Finding North Without a Compass

A retired Army officer and retired Fortune 500 executive, Warren may be best known for making waves while serving on the Mequon Common Council and Ozaukee County Board. He's no longer an elected official, but he has plenty to say about local, state and national issues.



Are you smarter than an Al Gore? He made the news recently with his speech where he noted that "The Future of Human Civilization is at Stake," unless we convert to 100% renewable power sources, namely wind and solar within 10 years. Now, if you’ve ever seen the program "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader," you know that some of the contestants are smarter and some are not. I’ve examined Al Gore’s proposal and I offer what a 5th Grader may think about it. Then you can decide if you are at least as smart as a 5th Grader, which automatically makes you smarter than an Al Gore.

In 10 years, without increasing our energy sources from nuclear power and without extracting the oil and gas resources within our nation’s boundaries and the continental shelf, Al Gore proposes that wind and sun alone will solve our energy problems. Can anyone subscribe to his theory? Natural gas and oil will no longer heat our homes or power our vehicles. Coal, oil and nuclear will no longer supply the electrical power to our homes, industries and communities. Our carbon footprint will be zero. Wind, sun, a smattering of tide and hydro power will be our sole renewable energy sources. While not clear on this issue, I suppose Al Gore sees us all zipping around town or out on the highway with little electric cars with enormous batteries. All of us have seen the disastrous results of such past theories, such as the headlong plunge into ethanol from corn to replace a portion of our gasoline supply. Ethanol production required massive taxpayer subsidies, reduced car mileage, polluted the air and increased the cost of gasoline per gallon to the consumer -- all with the unintended consequences of raising food prices throughout the world. Al Gore’s proposals would have to work hard to produce worse consequences but certainly have that potential.

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