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Gore's Challenge

by David Gura
Jul 17, 2008

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On Sept. 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy traveled to Houston, to address students and faculty at Rice University. At Rice Stadium, he announced a national initiative to travel to, and to return from, the moon:

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

Over the next few years — an almost-impossibly-short period of time — thousands of Americans worked to meet Kennedy's goal. And they did.

Today, in Washington, Al Gore issued a national challenge of his own, which some people are comparing to Kennedy's, for Americans to produce every kilowatt of electricity through alternative energy within 10 years.

Do you think it's feasible? How could we accomplish this goal?

In the first hour of our show, we'll talk with Gore. Then we'll expand the conversation, to discuss how he — and organizations and other people — can get more people interested in the campaign to curb climate change.

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