Al Gore Says “Sustainability Revolution” Even Bigger Than Industrial Revolution

Al Gore says we are reaching a crucial point in the battle against climate change. His new “Inconvenient Truth” slideshow, which has been a big part of his post-political career and Nobel Peace Prize and Academy award, is stuffed with charts, facts, and quotes regarding the ongoing revolution in clean energy.

In an interview this August, Gore mentioned the recent advances in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and batteries.

“It is now clear that the sustainability revolution is more significant in the global economy than the industrial revolution and information revolution combined,” Gore enthused.

He argues that the clean energy revolution has the impact of the industrial revolution, but is occurring at the speed of the information revolution. This combination is creating a historically unprecedented transformation.

“The rapid adoption of LEDs in lighting marks one of the fastest technology shifts in human history,” GS highlights that LEDs are part of a larger energy efficiency revolution that has kept U.S. electricity demand steady for most of the 21st century, and probably will for at least the next decade.

The hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) revolution, although slower, is equally important. It means that internal combustion engine vehicles are finally being seriously challenged after dominating the auto industry for more than a hundred years.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind revolution may be even more important from a climate perspective, as it leads to the minimization of our carbon footprint in the electric grid today. The ex-VP also highlighted the “stunning cost-down curves for PV” in his interview.

Source: Think Progress
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