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Al Gore

Geburtstag: 31. März 1948

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Albert Arnold „Al“ Gore Jr. ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker , Unternehmer sowie Umweltschützer. Von 1993 bis 2001 war er unter Präsident Bill Clinton der 45. Vizepräsident der Vereinigten Staaten. 2007 erhielt er den Friedensnobelpreis.

Von 1977 bis 1985 vertrat er den Bundesstaat Tennessee als Abgeordneter im Repräsentantenhaus, anschließend dann im Senat. 1988 scheiterte er mit seiner Präsidentschaftskandidatur. Nach seiner Amtszeit als Vizepräsident kandidierte er bei der Präsidentschaftswahl 2000 erneut, unterlag aber dem republikanischen Kandidaten George W. Bush. Zwar konnte Gore bundesweit über 500.000 Stimmen mehr auf sich vereinen als sein Gegenkandidat, doch Bush erhielt über die Bundesstaaten mehr Wahlmännerstimmen und damit den Wahlsieg. Das Ergebnis im Bundesstaat Florida brachte die Entscheidung, wenngleich es äußerst umstritten war.

Gore veröffentlichte mehrere Schriften zum Umweltschutz, er hält weltweit Vorträge zu diesem Thema. Aus seiner Multimediapräsentation über die globale Erwärmung ist die mit dem Oscar ausgezeichnete Dokumentation Eine unbequeme Wahrheit hervorgegangen. Daneben startete er das GLOBE-Programm und initiierte die Konzertreihe Live Earth. 2007 wurde Al Gore für seine Bemühungen um eine Bewusstmachung der Klimakrise und ihrer globalen Gefahren zusammen mit dem Weltklimarat IPCC der Friedensnobelpreis verliehen. Seit November 2013 lebt er vegan.

Gore stammt aus einer wohlhabenden und politisch aktiven Familie. Er ist u. a. Gründer und Vorstand der Alliance for Climate Protection, von Generation Investment Management, Current TV, Mitglied im Aufsichtsrat von Apple und hochrangiger Berater von Google sowie Teilhaber an den Investmentfirmen Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers und Generation Investment Management. Seine PR-Aufwendungen für eine Energiewende wurden allein für das Jahr 2009 auf 300 Millionen Dollar geschätzt.

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„Das System der gegenseitigen Machtkontrolle und Machtbalance, dank dessen die Demokratie in den USA über zweihundert Jahre lang gut funktionierte, erfuhr in den letzten Jahrzehnten, insbesondere in den letzten sechs Jahren, eine gefährliche Erosion.“

— Al Gore
Al Gore: Angriff auf die Vernunft (The Assault on Reason). Aus dem Englischen von Enrico Heinemann und Friedrich Pflüger. Goldmann, München 2007, ISBN: 978-3-442-15543-9, S. 326

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

— Al Gore
Context: I've seen America in this campaign, and I like what I see. It's worth fighting for and that's a fight I'll never stop. As for the battle that ends tonight, I do believe, as my father once said, that "No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shape the soul and let the glory out."

„Let me be clear: promoting prosperity throughout the world is a crucial form of forward engagement.“

— Al Gore
Context: I believe that now we have a profound responsibility to open the gates of opportunity for all the world's people so that they can become stakeholders in the kind of society we would like to build at large in the world and at home. Let me be clear: promoting prosperity throughout the world is a crucial form of forward engagement. We know how to launch this renaissance — for what has worked to spark the economic boom here in the United States is, at its essence, the way we can spark the fires of growth abroad. The difference is one of degree, not kind.

„This is America. Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is done. And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us.“

— Al Gore
Context: This is America. Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is done. And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us. While we yet hold and do not yield our opposing beliefs, there is a higher duty than the one we owe to political party. This is America and we put country before party; we will stand together behind our new president.

„One of our greatest strengths as a democracy is that when we're headed in the wrong direction, we can correct our course. When policies are clearly not working, we, the people, can change them.“

— Al Gore
Context: One of our greatest strengths as a democracy is that when we're headed in the wrong direction, we can correct our course. When policies are clearly not working, we, the people, can change them. If our leaders make mistakes, we can hold them accountable — even if they never admit their mistakes. I firmly believe America needs new leadership that will make us stronger at home and respected in the world.

„To meet these challenges requires cooperation on a scale not seen before. A realistic reading of the world today demands reinvigorated international and regional institutions. It demands that we confront threats before they spiral out of the control. And it requires American leadership — to protect our interests and uphold our values.“

— Al Gore
Context: The disruption of the world's ecological systems — from the rise of global warming and the consequent damage to our climate balance, to the loss of living species and the depletion of ocean fisheries and forest habitats — continues at a frightening rate. Practically every day, it becomes clearer to us that must act now to protect our Earth, while preserving and creating jobs for our people. And at the very same time that these threats are developing, the traditional nation-state itself is changing — as power moves upwards and downwards, to everything from supra-national organizations and coalitions all the way down to feuding clans. Susceptible to tyrants willing to exploit ethnic and religious rivalries, the weakest of these states have either imploded into civil war or threatened to lash out across their borders. To meet these challenges requires cooperation on a scale not seen before. A realistic reading of the world today demands reinvigorated international and regional institutions. It demands that we confront threats before they spiral out of the control. And it requires American leadership — to protect our interests and uphold our values.

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„There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what Bush did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead of making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe because of his policies.“

— Al Gore
Context: The abuse of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib flowed directly from the abuse of the truth that characterized the Administration's march to war and the abuse of the trust that had been placed in President Bush by the American people in the aftermath of September 11th. There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what Bush did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead of making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe because of his policies. He has created more anger and righteous indignation against us as Americans than any leader of our country in the 228 years of our existence as a nation — because of his attitude of contempt for any person, institution or nation who disagrees with him.

„It is a decision that could have been made only at a moment in time when reason was playing a sharply diminished role in our national deliberations.“

— Al Gore
Context: History will surely judge America's decision to invade and occupy a fragile and unstable nation that did not attack us and posed no threat to us as a decision that was not only tragic but absurd. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, to be sure, but not one who posed an imminent danger to us. It is a decision that could have been made only at a moment in time when reason was playing a sharply diminished role in our national deliberations.

„It is well documented that humans are especially fearful of threats that can be easily pictured or imagined.“

— Al Gore
Context: It is well documented that humans are especially fearful of threats that can be easily pictured or imagined. For example, one study found that people are willing to spend significantly more for flight insurance that covers "death by terrorism" than for flight insurance that covers "death by any cause." Now, logically, flight insurance for death by any cause would cover terrorism in addition to a number of other potential problems. But something about the buzzword terrorism creates a vivid impression that generates excessive fear.

„But what we're pretending doesn't exist is the stuff that is destroying the habitability of the planet.“

— Al Gore
Context: For the last fourteen years, I have advocated the elimination of all payroll taxes — including those for social security and unemployment compensation — and the replacement of that revenue in the form of pollution taxes — principally on CO2. The overall level of taxation would remain exactly the same. It would be, in other words, a revenue neutral tax swap. But, instead of discouraging businesses from hiring more employees, it would discourage business from producing more pollution. Global warming pollution, indeed all pollution, is now described by economists as an "externality." This absurd label means, in essence: we don't need to keep track of this stuff so let's pretend it doesn't exist. And sure enough, when it's not recognized in the marketplace, it does make it much easier for government, business, and all the rest of us to pretend that it doesn't exist. But what we're pretending doesn't exist is the stuff that is destroying the habitability of the planet.

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„I'm going to be candid with you. I had hoped to be back here this week under different circumstances, running for re-election. But you know the old saying: you win some, you lose some. And then there's that little-known third category.“

— Al Gore
Context: I'm going to be candid with you. I had hoped to be back here this week under different circumstances, running for re-election. But you know the old saying: you win some, you lose some. And then there's that little-known third category. But I didn't come here tonight to talk about the past. After all, I don't want you to think that I lie awake at night counting and recounting sheep. I prefer to focus on the future, because I know from my own experience that America's a land of opportunity, where every little boy and girl has a chance to grow up and win the popular vote. Referring here to the controversial US presidential election of 2000

„In the Congress as a whole-both House and Senate-the enhanced role of money in the re-election process, coupled with the sharply diminished role for reasoned deliberation and debate, has produced an atmosphere conducive to pervasive institutionalized corruption.“

— Al Gore
Context: In the Congress as a whole-both House and Senate-the enhanced role of money in the re-election process, coupled with the sharply diminished role for reasoned deliberation and debate, has produced an atmosphere conducive to pervasive institutionalized corruption. The Abramoff scandal is but the tip of a giant iceberg that threatens the integrity of the entire legislative branch of government. [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-1_16_06_Gore_pf.html Martin Luther King Day address, Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. (16 January 2006)].

„Our future is dependent upon increasing cooperation and interdependence in a world tied ever more closely together by technologies of communications and travel.“

— Al Gore
Context: Our future is dependent upon increasing cooperation and interdependence in a world tied ever more closely together by technologies of communications and travel. The emergence of a truly global civilization has been accompanied by the recognition of truly global challenges that require global responses that, as often as not, can only be led by the United States — and only if the United States restores and maintains its moral authority to lead.

„One of the truly bad things about our politics is that it incites each administration to attack every last thing its predecessor has done, and to either tear down what was left or rename it so that its parentage can be forgotten.“

— Al Gore
Context: One of the truly bad things about our politics is that it incites each administration to attack every last thing its predecessor has done, and to either tear down what was left or rename it so that its parentage can be forgotten. We did some of that — but we also kept a lot of what we inherited from the first Bush administration and we protected it and built upon it. The struggle against terror may last for a very long time, even past a shift of parties in power.

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