Wednesday, November 18, 2009

There's heat, and then there's Al Gore's real heat

Al Gore on Conan O'Brien's show the other day:

Conan: Now, what about … you talk in the book about geothermal energy …
Al: Yeah, yeah.

Conan: and that is, as I understand it, using the heat that's generated from the core of the earth …

Al: Yeah.

Conan: … to create energy, and it sounds to me like an evil plan by Lex Luthor to defeat Superman. Can you, can you tell me, is this a viable solution, geothermal energy?

Al: It definitely is, and it's a relatively new one. People think about geothermal energy — when they think about it at all — in terms of the hot water bubbling up in some places, but two kilometers or so down in most places there are these incredibly hot rocks, 'cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees, and the crust of the earth is hot …
My take: "...several million degrees"? Just two kilometers down?
Listen up, Al. If the rocks were several million degrees just 1 1/4 miles beneath your feet you'd be running around the world prattling aboutglobal warming. You'd be having visions of the oceans boiling. You'd be investing in windmills while describing carbon dioxide as a dangerous gas that will eventually kill all life on earth. You'd have a preening narcissist in the White House making decisions based on what's good for him, not on what's good for not-Obamas.
Besides, you'd be dancing like a hip-hopper as your feet go up in smoke.

No comments: