Tuesday, September 19, 2006

What do "Connie Mae" and "electranet" have in common?

Al Gore, that's who.

Amid a growing array of rumors that the White House is preparing a green strategy to boost the mid-term election prospects of Republicans in close races, Gore is proposing a "Carbon Neutral Mortage Association" (aka "Connie Mae") to help homeowners retrofit and build energy-efficient homes. He's also urging creation of what he termed an "electranet" to enable homeowners and businesses to buy and sell surplus electricity; and he is urging the substitution of the payroll tax with a pollution tax to discourage pollution. We'll let the real prospects, if there are any, come from those whose involvement is needed to help make each of these proposals even viable.

Stay tuned for more from the former two-term Vice President and winner of the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election. Not only did The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal ALL have bylined stories about Gore's speech Monday, September 18 to the New York University School of Law, they'll no doubt be competing to track Gore's self-described "grass-roots" movement to unite corporations, labor, farmers, faith-based organizations and others around federal legislation to freeze greenhouse gas emissions.

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