Monday, May 22, 2006

Will Gore run in 2008?

My guess is: Yes.

The USA Today:
WASHINGTON — In a parallel universe, President Al Gore reports that his administration has stopped global warming. Gas costs 19 cents a gallon, and oil companies warrant a federal bailout. "If it were the other way around, you know the oil companies would help us," Gore deadpans.
OK, so that was on NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 13, and Gore isn't president. But the reality is, Gore is back and he's hot.

Six years after his agonizing election loss to George W. Bush, the former vice president is basking in the limelight generated by the national release this week of An Inconvenient Truth, an independent film that documents his crusade against global warming.

Gore says he's trying to get people to lead their leaders. A groundswell of political will from regular citizens, he says, will pressure politicians and automobile, fuel and chemical corporations to embrace green technology.

"There are a few irresponsible companies, making billions of dollars by dumping massive qualities of global warming pollution into the Earth's atmosphere," Gore, 58, told USA TODAY. "When 50.1% of the American people are passionate and committed and feel the sense of urgency that's appropriate here, then the political system will flip. I think we're close to a tipping point."

Gore's re-emergence has fueled speculation that he still wants to be one of those leaders. He has fun with the idea even as he bats it away. Asked where he'd like to be in 21/2 years, he strokes his chin, stares ahead and says dreamily, "Standing on the steps of the Capitol — " before buckling with laughter.

Seriously, Gore says, "I've been in elected politics for more than a quarter-century. I've run four national campaigns. I've been there, done that. I've found there are other ways to serve, and I'm enjoying them."


Blogger Ezzie said...

He just said on Sunday that he would not...

4:19 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Going on a gut feeling here. Nothing more.

4:27 PM  
Blogger zen said...

Man I hope he does. I didn't think too much about him, until I really started to learn more about what he's been doing since being out of politics. He's been serving on boards of companies that 'think different(ly)' about how we should be functioning together with the environment.
He is aware that the key to getting change in policies and political will is in the people. But also not only more public enthusiasm, but it viable, profitable, capitalistic vetures into new energies, renewables, eco-friendly materials and resources. If the private sector finds a revenue stream (which Gore talks about the 'low hanging fruit') then the public will respond even stronger.
The idea that being 'green' is on the fringe is disappearing. We must realize that ridiculing 'tree-huggers' is counter-productive.
Gore gets it. This is forward thinking and progressive. A populist message, one of hope and of opportunity. It's quite refreshing.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Cartledge said...

If he is testing the waters the feedback must be reasnably positive.
Could be, after last time out, he wants to be pushed a bit before he jumps.

1:07 AM  

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