One small step for Al Gore, one giant leap for stupidity [Karl]
In speeches at Constitution HallÃ‚Â and Netroots Nation (formerly Yearly Kos),Ã‚Â former Vice President Al GoreÃ‚Â challenged the US to shift its entire electricity sector to carbon-free wind, solar and geothermal power within 10 years.Ã‚Â The speech was quasi-fisked by Andrew Revkin at the New York Times, of all places.Ã‚Â But Revkin avoided the depths of Gore’s detachment from reality in this passage:
Ten years is about the maximum time that we as a nation can hold a steady aim and hit our target. When President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely in 10 years, many people doubted we could accomplish that goal. But 8 years and 2 months later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon.
Rand Simberg points out that putting a man on the moon — like the Manhattan Project — was a straightforward well-defined engineering challenge, whereas ending the use of fossil fuels is not.Ã‚Â Steven Den Beste made the same points in great detail in 2004.Ã‚Â And even if it was feasible, James Pethokoukis notes it would conservatively cost $5 trillion.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I am reminded of a monologue fromÃ‚Â Jerry Seinfeld:
It is my opinion that we never should have landed a man on the moon. It’s a mistake. Now everything is compared to that one accomplishment. Now everybody goes Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can’t believe they could land a man on the moon… and taste my coffee!Ã¢â‚¬Â I think we all would have been a lot happier if we hadn’t landed a man on the moon. Then we’d go, They can’t make a prescription bottle top that’s easy to open? I’m not surprised they couldn’t land a man on the moon. Things make perfect sense to me now. Neil Armstrong should have said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for every whining, complaining, SOB on the face of the earth.”
Armstrong did not say that, but someone should say it toÃ‚Â Al Gore.