Albert Gore, Jr.

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Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. served as Vice President of the United States with President Bill Clinton. On October 13, 2007 he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work sounding the alarm on global warming and climate change. [1] Al Gore’s investment firm, Generation Investment Management, has led a $51.7 million investment in Harvest Power Inc.[1]

Affiliations


Gore Tells Bush's War Cabinet to Resign

On May 27, 2004, the Washington Post's Mike Allen reported on former Vice President Al Gore's May 26, 2004, speech "sponsored by MoveOn PAC, linking the Abu Ghraib prison abuses to deep flaws in President George W. Bush's Iraq policy and calling for the resignation of 6 members of the Bush Administration team responsible for the failed policy and abuse of prisoners in Iraq." [2]

"The speech, at New York University, was the highest-profile appearance by Gore since he endorsed former Vermont governor Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination. Yesterday, Gore included an endorsement of Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), the presumptive nominee," Allen writes.

"'Our nation's best interest lies in having a new president who can turn a new page, sweep clean with a new broom,' Gore said. He said Kerry 'should not tie his own hands by offering overly specific, detailed proposals concerning a situation that is rapidly changing and, unfortunately, rapidly deteriorating, but should rather preserve his, and our country's, options, to retrieve our national honor as soon as this long national nightmare is over," Allen writes.

The Internet

At the first World Telecommunication Development Conference held in March 1994 at Buenos Aires, Argentina, Vice President Al Gore "introduced the U.S. vision for the Global Information Infrastructure (GII)": [3]

"Let us build a global community in which the people of neighboring countries view each other not as potential enemies, but as potential partners, as members of the same family in the vast, increasingly interconnected human family."

Controversy

Democrats the Progressive Movement

Carbon Credits

Gore has been criticized on the grounds that his choice of lifestyle has resulted in him having a large 'carbon footprint'; for example his home uses 20 times the power of the average American home [4]. Gore offsets that carbon use by purchasing carbon credits through the company Generation Investment Management, of which he is the chairman - a practice that has prompted further criticism [5].

Hoaxes

During his campaign for president in 1999 and 2000, he was the target of repeated propaganda attacks by Republicans, who ironically accused him of fabricating myths about his life even while doing that themselves. Some of the most famous of those claims are:

  • "Gore said he invented the Internet."
  • "Gore said that he and his wife Tipper were the inspiration for Erich Segal's novel, Love Story."
  • "Gore said that he grew up doing chores on his father's farm."

Phil Agre, a professor of communications at the University of California, Los Angeles, has written a detailed essay showing how Wired magazine, Republican politicians and media pundits have distorted the facts regarding these claims. Agre's essay is titled, "Who Invented 'Invented'?: Tracing the Real Story of the 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' Hoax." [6]

Speeches

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External links

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Articles & Commentary

General

2003

2005

  • David Bauder, "Al Gore Debuting TV for Web Generation," Associated Press, July 31, 2005: "Much of the talk around Al Gore's new Current TV network has been broadly philosophical, like the former vice president's statement that 'we want to be the television home page for the Internet generation.' With its debut Monday, Current TV will be judged by the same mundane standards as other networks — on whether its programming can hold a viewer's interest."

2007

References

  1. The Daily Start-Up: Al Gore Takes Money Out Of The Lockbox, The Wall Street Journal, Accessed June 16, 2011.
  2. Team, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, accessed December 2, 2011.
  3. Board of Directors, Alliance for Climate Protection, accessed October 20, 2007.
  4. History, Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment, accessed September 12, 2007.
  5. "Generation: About Us", accessed December 2007.
  6. Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice International Advisory Counci, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2012.
  7. Earth Day Network Global Advisory Committee, organizational web page, accessed December 21, 2013.