Gore lauds Georgetown’s use of renewables

Austin American Statesman | By Bob Sechler bsechler@statesman.com

Al Gore spoke Monday at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown.

Al Gore spoke Monday at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN — Former Vice President Al Gore delivered more warnings about the threat of global climate change at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown on Monday, before holding up the Central Texas city as an example of the progress being made to alleviate the crisis.

Georgetown is the only city in Texas to operate solely on renewable energy. It had been the biggest city in the U.S. to get its power entirely from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, until being displaced recently by Las Vegas.

Gore, speaking at the GridNEXT renewable energy conference, used a litany of data points to paint a picture of climate change induced by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities that he said is fueling global catastrophes, from storms and droughts to fires and famines.

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