Al Gore, who emerged from political defeat to attain celebrity status as a harbinger of the hazards of global warming, told thousands of scientists Thursday in San Francisco that they have a responsibility to translate their research into possible policy solutions.
Former Vice President Gore, presidential candidate turned climate crusader, spoke at the annual meeting of the world's largest scientific society, the American Geophysical Union.
He urged scientists to communicate the climate crisis "in ways that arouse appropriate alarm that can motivate changes in behavior.''
The business people agreed that there are generally technological solutions for improving energy efficiency and replacing oil, coal and plastics.
"But no solution works in the marketplace unless it's cheaper than fossil fuel,'' Khosla said.
At present, there is no real incentive for corporations to invest in ways to cut emissions because there has been no clear signal from Washington on what the future regulatory picture will be, Duke's Anderson said.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Al Gore to Scientists: Raise Alarms About Climate Crisis
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