Gore: The whole auto industry needs to be transformed
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In the interview Gore said that he thinks that the whole auto industry needs to be "transformed", and that the auto makers in USA "should make a transition as quickly as possible toward plug-in hybrid electric vehicles."
Gore also mentioned that he is in favour of raising the gasoline tax, saying: "I don't think that's likely to happen, but that's my preferred alternative". If you are a regular Green Blog reader you probably know by now that I am a big supporter of high gasoline taxes. I think itâ€™s a great and easy way to encourage more people to use carpools, take public transportations or bike to work etc. Of course the taxes generated should help pay for something else in return for a higher gasoline tax. This way people and families donâ€™t end up loosing any money and there won' be so much criticism about rising fuel costs.
Gore also, somewhat, defended developing nations such as China and India:
Gore especially defended China saying the country "is now actively preparing a version of cap-and-trade legislation" and that "their top leaders appear to get it". Other things Gore mentioned in the interview were that China has "the largest tree-planting program in the world. They are actively building solar and wind and exploring carbon capture and sequestration".
But according to Gore these countries "are not doing enough by a long shot [but] the way to encourage them to do more is â€¦ for the United States to take the lead".
Gore also continued to criticize the "clean coal" lie that the fossil companies are foolishly trying to sell to the public and politicians. Gore said in the interview that "clean coal" uses "technology that does not yet exist", and that "we cannot allow an illusion to be the basis of a strategy for human survival".
You can read the whole interview here.