Al Gore Addressed the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance Conference

The former vice president spoke in Georgetown about climate change and renewables.

Texas Monthly | by Dan Solomon | October 23, 2017

Former vice president Al Gore in 2017. REX FEATURES VIA AP IMAGES

Former vice president Al Gore in 2017.
REX FEATURES VIA AP IMAGES

Dale Ross, the mayor of Georgetown, won re-election in May by 45 points. That means he can say pretty much anything he wants—and when introducing former vice president Al Gore at the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA) conference on Monday, the city’s Republican leader put that to the test. “It’s no secret that he’s a Democrat and I’m a Republican,” Ross said from the ballroom of the Georgetown Sheraton. The hotel is one of the new projects that came about as part of $225 million in development Ross announced as part of his commitment to making Georgetown one of the first—and largest—cities to be powered by entirely by renewable energy sources. “But these are not political decisions. Al Gore has done more to make the world a better place in one day than most of his critics have done in their entire lives.”

Ross’s comments set a tone for Gore’s presentation—an updated, curated-for-Texas version of the slideshow setup he made famous in An Inconvenient Truth and its sequel—that balanced discussing the economic realities that lead to Ross’s push on renewables, the risks of climate change that have long motivated Gore, and some sassy political sniping in the direction of Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

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