- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Former Vice President Al Gore has issued a challenge to convert all electrical production to “carbon-free” sources within 10 years (“Gore introduces green challenge to U.S.,” Politics, Friday).

Never mind that the federal subsidies necessary for this crony-capitalist scheme to succeed would directly benefit Mr. Gore’s own investment portfolio.

Ten years. Ten years? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats insist that offshore drilling and other measures should not be undertaken because they won’t do anything to help our current situation and, besides, would take 10 years before having an effect. More knowledgeable, less partisan sources disagree, but I digress.

So, here’s a real challenge: Let Congress allow drilling with no government subsidies and allow Al Gore to pursue carbon-free electrical production with no government subsidies, and let’s see in 10 years which one produces more electricity at a cheaper price. I suspect when Mr. Gore can’t get taxpayers to underwrite his “vision,” he’ll find some other self-serving cause to promote.

ROGER JOHNSON

Kensington

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