Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore opened at University California Monterey Bay on May 17 with this quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”—Margaret Mead
I loved seeing the bright faces of the 800 or so students who came from campuses throughout the Central Coast.
Gore responded to preselected questions from students, some addressed the Gulf Coast oil spill. When asked what policy changes might come as a result of the spill, Gore said firstly, we can hope it will clean out the corruption in the US Department of Mines and Mineral Rights. Gore mentioned the recent news that permits for drilling have been given without going through the EPA permitting process.
“I think this is outrageous! But look at what’s happening here, the funds for permits are given to the department enforcing them. This is a case of misaligned incentive…. I also think this may change the thinking on offshore drilling. Even if they got everything they wanted from drilling, it is only a tiny sliver in the picture of overall use, at tremendous risk.”
Kudos to Elizabeth L. at Good Times for making this report possible.