Economically speaking, the world may be better off with Gore having lost. While I am well aware of the global climate changes happening, much of what is driving the climate change is also driving economies. Many politicians with environmental agendas are calling for pollution reductions that are beyond the limit of current technologies or beyond the financial limit of companies to implement in the given time. Many of the costs of compliance to new environmental regulations is being passed to the consumers. The question then becomes, how long can an economy support that kind of price inflation.
I will agree that we need to do whatever we can to reduce our emissions and to conserve our resources and limit how much we waste. However, is the collapse of world economies worth the strict policies that are trying to be implemented, especially when many of them have high costs for little environmental gain. I personally believe that if economies collapse then we will actually increase our emissions because no one can afford the new technologies.
The other cost that needs to be considered is long term costs to the environment. At first glance some of the new technologies seem to be the answer, but many of them are only delaying the problems. One example is solar power. It is great in the fact that there are no emissions that are caused by using a panel, but what about the disposal of all the panels when they start wearing out? What about the chemicals used to produce them? Then there is the issue of their efficiency. For the US to produce 20% of its power from solar panels it would require an area the size of the state of New Jersey filled with solar panels, that is just for 20%.
I agree that we need to do something about our emissions, but political leaders who have strong feelings about environmental issues but who lack the foresight to see potential problems should not be elected. They should continue to raise awareness though, as Mr. Gore has done.