When I was working on this book, I spent some time looking at the slavery debate. During the slavery debate there was all this stuff: "Oh, you can't abolish slavery, the farms will collapse. What are you going to replace this labor with? We don't have people -- who's going to pick our cotton? Everything's going to fall apart." The great thing Lincoln said is, that's not the issue. The issue is, is it right or is it wrong? You make that decision first and then you decide how to do it.Al Gore has also been stressing this point that climate change is not so much a scientific or political challenge, but a moral one. The rhetoric isn't new. Let's not forget that Jimmy Carter told the republic, as far back as 1977 (before global warming began to be recognized as a concern), that the energy crisis was "the moral equivalent of war."
What do you think? Is energy policy really a question of morality -- a matter of right and wrong?