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Al Gore

  • American president
  • Born March 31, 1948

Albert Arnold Gore Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Gore was Bill Clinton's running mate in their successful campaign in 1992, and the pair was re-elected in 1996. Near the end of Clinton's second term, Gore was selected as the Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election but lost the election in a very close race after a Florida recount. After his term as vice-president ended in 2001, Gore remained prominent as an author and environmental activist, whose work in climate change activism earned him (jointly with the IPCC) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource.




The science linking the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather to the climate crisis has matured tremendously in the last couple of years.




I pledge to you today that as president, in my first budget, I will introduce the largest increase in special education ever.




No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.




The Bush administration works closely with a network of rapid response digital brownshirts who work to pressure reporters and their editors for 'undermining support for our troops.'




The Congress is virtually incapable of passing any reforms unless they first get permission from the powerful special interests who are most affected by the proposal.




The Internet empowers individuals to play a more active role in the political process, as Obama's campaign has manifested.




I think it's harder for people than it should be. But as more and more of us become carbon neutral and change the patterns in our lives to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, we are now beginning to see the changes in policy that are needed.




Surveillance technologies now available - including the monitoring of virtually all digital information - have advanced to the point where much of the essential apparatus of a police state is already in place.




You know the old saying: you win some, you lose some... and then there's that little-known third category.




Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.




I do genuinely believe that the political system is not linear. When it reaches a tipping point fashioned by a critical mass of opinion, the slow pace of change we're used to will no longer be the norm. I see a lot of signs every day that we're moving closer and closer to that tipping point.




Science has a culture that is inherently cautious and that is normally not a bad thing. You could even say conservative, because of the peer review process and because the scientific method prizes uncertainty and penalises anyone who goes out on any sort of a limb that is not held in place by abundant and well-documented evidence.




The dominance of short-term perspectives has led to routine decisions in the markets that sacrifice the long-term buildup of genuine value in pursuit of artificial, short-term gains.




I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy.




Hey, you know what, I've gotta go on that 'Letterman' show. That show is so lame.




If you want your energy bills to go up, you should support an ever greater dependence on foreign oil, because the rate of new discoveries is declining as demand in China and India is growing, and the price of oil and thus the price of coal will go sky high.




I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest.




I'm naturally an optimist, but my basis for hope is rooted in my understanding of human nature.




In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?




For a free country to continue thriving, there have to be regular reforms, because any society, any economy that stays in place, you're going to see repeated attempts to exploit the openings for twisting policy to the advantage of those who already have wealth and power.




I'm old enough to know that a red carpet's just a rug, and I've been able to enjoy the pageantry without letting it go to my head.




Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination.




Today we're dumping 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the environment, and tomorrow we will dump more, and there is no effective worldwide response. Until we start sharply reducing global-warming pollution, I will feel that I have failed.




The struggle against poverty in the world and the challenge of cutting wealthy country emissions all has a single, very simple solution... Here it is: Put a price on carbon.




Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play.




We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made.




I think that more diversity is a good thing, and fresh points of view articulated by people who are committed to excellence in journalism is a beneficial change in the American media landscape.




The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it's mentioned.




The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet, I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the Camcorder.




While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors, he is a moral coward.




CO2 is the exhaling breath of our civilization, literally... Changing that pattern requires a scope, a scale, a speed of change that is beyond what we have done in the past.




It's not unusual to find big political shifts that take place beneath the surface before they're visible above the surface.




I take no pleasure in the fact that the scientific predictions I've relayed to popular audiences turn out to be true.




When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.




The first less is this: take it from me, every vote counts.



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