Letter from Al Gore

Dear Steve,

Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund and journalist Miriam Horn have just published a fascinating book called Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.

The book tells the story of scientists and businessmen working on the front lines to solve the climate crisis, turning our planet’s greatest threat into our greatest economic opportunity.

The book also explores breakthroughs in solar, wind, and biomass technologies, in addition to examining how we must reinvent everything from cars to concrete and replace our current outdated centralized electrical grid with a smart, multidirectional energy network.

You can buy your copy of Earth The Sequel by clicking here.

Thank you,

Al Gore

Time Magazine’s profile on Al Gore

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Al Gore’s political consultants counseled him to quit talking about the issue that, since his college days, had stirred his passions more than any other. Voters didn’t care about global warming, his political brain trust told the then Vice President, and going on about it would make him look like the kind of fuzzy-headed extremist that George Herbert Walker Bush had once mocked as “Ozone Man.”

Gore took that advice, which may help explain why he came up short in that race. It also may account for the zeal that the man who describes himself as a “recovering politician” has displayed in his second act. Rather than retire to the sidelines of public life, Gore has stayed in the game by continuing to fight for the environment and other causes close to his heart—whether as a teacher, an investor whose fund puts its money in socially responsible ventures or an entrepreneur who founded a youth-oriented television network.

Gore, 58, now finds himself in his unlikeliest role yet: movie star. The lecture on global warming that he has been giving for decades to any audience that would let him set up his flip charts has been turned into the indie documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The movie got raves at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will begin rolling out in theaters across the country in late May. In Los Angeles theaters, the trailers have been getting ovations.

There could hardly be a more opportune time for the country to be giving Gore another look, given that the man who edged past him in Florida is at his all-time low in the polls. But while Gore has not entirely shut the door on another run for President, he insists that he is “not planning” to be a candidate again. After all, 2008 is still a long way away. And in the meantime, Gore has decided, there’s a planet to save.

Gore goes to #1 in latest DFA pulse poll

Despite not being included as a candidate in the latest DFA (Democracy for America) poll, Al Gore has taken first place over all the declared candidates. DFA provided a space for a write-in vote, allowing people to cast their vote for Al Gore.

Here are the current standings:

Candidate %

Al Gore 25.02%
John Edwards 24.41%
Barack Obama 1 8.46%
Dennis Kucinich 15%
Hillary Clinton 6.82%
Bill Richardson 4.1%
Other 1166 2.66%
Joe Biden 1.44%
Mike Gravel 1.21%
Christopher Dodd .88%

You can vote in the poll here (one vote only per e-mail address): http://democracyforamerica.com/pulsepoll

I support the draft Al Gore.org initiative

I took on the role of committee chairman of the Sun City West Draft Al Gore for President Initiative yesterday. So far the committee is comprised of one member, me. I guess we’ll see what I can do to muster up support out here in what is widely known to be Republicanville. My opening statement was:

The time has come to elect a man of intelligence, integrity, and moral fortitude, social and global responsibility to lead our nation and represent us in the domestic and international communities. Al Gore is quite simply the most logical choice in 2008. He has both the political experience and moral conscience to effectively bring this nation out from the recent period of smug indifference we have shown the international community.

We are a group of Sun City West residents who say enough is enough! It’s time for America to be a leader in what is the right thing to do for our parents, our children, our nation and our planet. To do that we need a leader in the oval office!

Draft Al Gore in 2008!

Steve Barr

Nobel Prize money benefits Palo Alto nonprofit Gore founded

Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, October 13, 2007

The group that founder Al Gore once praised as the planet’s “PR agent” became $750,000 richer after the former vice president announced Friday that his Nobel Prize winnings would be given to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

The money is a financial boost that could help the year-old organization assume an even larger role in the campaign to fight global warming and its potentially catastrophic impacts.
The alliance is a kind of think tank-in-action whose major goals include publicizing the effects of global warming and turning citizens into climate change activists. Through this summer’s Live Earth concerts and a follow-up campaign, the alliance has persuaded tens of thousands of Americans to pledge to lobby Washington on global warming.
The alliance is distinguished by its pop-culture approach (one of its campaigns features the voice of actor Tommy Lee Jones), connections to big names from the corporate world, and a staunch bipartisanship. The board of directors is led by Gore but also includes prominent Republicans such as Theodore Roosevelt IV, the managing director of the Lehman Brothers investment bank, and Brent Scowcroft, the businessman who was once national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
The alliance also works with environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, pushing to educate the public about the effects of global warming.
Working with Gore’s Current TV and such actors as George Clooney and Orlando Bloom, the alliance created a “60 Seconds to Save the Earth” contest in which people were invited to submit short videos on taking environmental action. In the coming months, the organization will unveil a multimillion-dollar TV campaign created by the Martin Agency, the advertising agency behind Geico’s successful Cavemen commercials.
“What sets them apart is that it’s not just about getting a bunch of environmental groups together, but they’re also looking at business partners. And they certainly have access to some pretty big channels for communications and they’re reaching out to people in the corporate world who are ready to start talking about solutions to global warming,” said David Willett, the Sierra Club’s national press secretary.
The alliance’s bipartisanship gives it credibility that counts on Capitol Hill, said Karen Florini, a Washington, D.C., attorney for Environmental Defense who’s on the alliance’s advisory committee.
“Ultimately, what’s going to matter is whether we get across the line on enactment of federal legislation,” Florini said. “Part of the process of doing that is bringing the message into mainstream mass media to an ever-increasing degree, and the alliance is aiming specifically to do that.”
The Alliance for Climate Protection has been a major beneficiary of Gore’s recent success, getting millions of dollars from the Live Earth concerts and Gore’s hit documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Until Friday, the alliance has been a behind-the-scenes player in the debate over climate change. Now, the alliance name may get more recognition.
“Given that our mission is to create a shift on opinion about the importance of climate change and solving the climate crisis, (Gore’s Nobel Prize) galvanizes the movement,” said alliance CEO Cathy Zoi. She worked as chief of staff in the Clinton administration’s White House Office on Environmental Policy. “I feel like we’ve turned a corner.”
On Friday, after briefly celebrating the news of Gore’s prize, the staff at the Alliance for Climate Protection met as usual in Palo Alto, a headquarters chosen for its proximity to Silicon Valley’s thriving academic and entrepreneurial atmosphere.
“Both symbolically and practically,” Zoi said, “to be down the road from the brightest minds inventing sustainable energy solutions makes sense to us.”
The alliance is not the only Bay Area connection to the Nobel Prize awarded to Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hundreds of California scientists have contributed to research prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The U.N. panel of 2,000 scientists has released four major assessments since 1990 that synthesize the known science on global warming. Nearly every major academic and governmental scientific institution in California has added its research.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory issued a statement saying that more than 40 of its researchers are key contributors to the reports. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory lists a dozen who have contributed.
All the campuses in the UC system, Stanford University and the California State University system, among others, have scientists who have been lead authors or contributing researchers to the reports.
Online resources
Alliance for Climate Protection:
www.climateprotect.org

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Sign the petition
Our friends at DraftGore.com began a petition drive demonstrating the broad support for a Gore campaign. If you haven’t signed yet, please do so below!
Dear Vice President Gore:Americans from every corner of our nation are calling on you. Please listen to our plea and run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States in 2008.Never before has America needed a leader of your stature, vision and experience more than now. The next presidential election will be the most crucial one in our history, and you are the only Democrat who can unite the country and lead us to victory. And this country — indeed, the entire world — cannot afford anything less.Our nation and the planet itself are entering “a period of consequences,” as you so well stated in “An Inconvenient Truth,” but in more ways than one. We are ruled by a government of the powerful and for the powerful — a government that tramples our Constitution, wages unjust war in our name, sacrifices our economic future, and puts our very planet on the endangered species list.America and the world need you now more than ever. Be our candidate. Run for president. And we pledge that we’ll be there for you every day until the last vote is counted.