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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."

„President Bush offered a brief and half-hearted apology to the Arab world — but he should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva Conventions.“

— Al Gore
Context: President Bush offered a brief and half-hearted apology to the Arab world — but he should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva Conventions. He also owes an apology to the U. S. Army for cavalierly sending them into harm's way while ignoring the best advice of their commanders. Perhaps most importantly of all, he should apologize to all those men and women throughout our world who have held the ideal of the United States of America as a shining goal, to inspire their hopeful efforts to bring about justice under a rule of law in their own lands. Of course, the problem with all these legitimate requests is that a sincere apology requires an admission of error, a willingness to accept responsibility and to hold people accountable. And President Bush is not only unwilling to acknowledge error. He has thus far been unwilling to hold anyone in his administration accountable for the worst strategic and military miscalculations and mistakes in the history of the United States of America.

„We have to be crystal clear about the threat we face from terrorism. It is deadly. It is real. It is imminent.“

— Al Gore
Context: We have to be crystal clear about the threat we face from terrorism. It is deadly. It is real. It is imminent. But in order to protect our people, shouldn't we focus on the real source of this threat: the group that attacked us and is trying to attack us again: Al Qaeda, headed by Osama bin Laden? Wouldn't we be safer with a President who didn't insist on confusing Al Qaeda with Iraq? Doesn't that divert too much of our attention away from the principal danger?

„Our world is unconquerable because the human spirit is unconquerable, and any national strategy based on pursuing the goal of domination is doomed to fail because it generates its own opposition, and in the process, creates enemies for the would-be dominator.“

— Al Gore
Context: These horrors were the predictable consequence of policy choices that flowed directly from this administration's contempt for the rule of law. And the dominance they have been seeking is truly not simply unworthy of America — it is also an illusory goal in its own right. Our world is unconquerable because the human spirit is unconquerable, and any national strategy based on pursuing the goal of domination is doomed to fail because it generates its own opposition, and in the process, creates enemies for the would-be dominator. A policy based on domination of the rest of the world not only creates enemies for the United States and creates recruits for Al Qaeda, it also undermines the international cooperation that is essential to defeating the efforts of terrorists who wish harm and intimidate Americans.

„This has been an extraordinary election.“

— Al Gore
Context: This has been an extraordinary election. But in one of God's unforeseen paths, this belatedly broken impasse can point us all to a new common ground, for its very closeness can serve to remind us that we are one people with a shared history and a shared destiny.

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„One of the most tragic consequences of these official crimes is that it will be very hard for any of us as Americans — at least for a very long time — to effectively stand up for human rights elsewhere and criticize other governments, when our policies have resulted in our soldiers behaving so monstrously.“

— Al Gore
Context: One of the most tragic consequences of these official crimes is that it will be very hard for any of us as Americans — at least for a very long time — to effectively stand up for human rights elsewhere and criticize other governments, when our policies have resulted in our soldiers behaving so monstrously. This administration has shamed America and deeply damaged the cause of freedom and human rights everywhere, thus undermining the core message of America to the world.

„Dominance is as dominance does.“

— Al Gore
Context: More disturbing still was their frequent use of the word "dominance" to describe their strategic goal, because an American policy of dominance is as repugnant to the rest of the world as the ugly dominance of the helpless, naked Iraqi prisoners has been to the American people. Dominance is as dominance does.

„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.

„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.

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„Now the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt, while I strongly disagree with the court's decision, I accept it.“

— Al Gore
Context: Now the U. S. Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt, while I strongly disagree with the court's decision, I accept it. I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession. I also accept my responsibility, which I will discharge unconditionally, to honor the new President-elect and do everything possible to help him bring Americans together in fulfillment of the great vision that our Declaration of Independence defines and that our Constitution affirms and defends.

„Take it from me; every vote counts.“

— Al Gore
Context: I love this country deeply, and even though I always look to the future with optimism and hope, I do think it's worth pausing for just a moment as we begin this year's convention, to take note of two very important lessons from four years ago. The first lesson is this: Take it from me; every vote counts. In our democracy, every vote has power. And never forget that power is yours. Don't let anyone take it away from you or talk you into throwing it away. And let's make sure that this time every vote is counted. Let's make sure that the Supreme Court does not pick the next President, and that this President is not the one who picks the next Supreme Court. The second lesson from 2000 is this: What happens in a presidential election matters — a lot. The outcome profoundly affects the lives of all 293 million Americans, and people in the rest of the world, too. The choice of who is president affects your life and your family's future.

„We must acknowledge that the utter poverty of hundreds of millions of people is not a matter for compassion only, but a threat in the long term to the growth and vigor of the global economic system.“

— Al Gore
Context: We must acknowledge that the utter poverty of hundreds of millions of people is not a matter for compassion only, but a threat in the long term to the growth and vigor of the global economic system. We must see it as a part of our charge to help create economic opportunity so that the gap between the richest and poorest does not grow ever wider.

„There is good and evil in every person. And what makes the United States special in the history of nations is our commitment to the rule of law and our carefully constructed system of checks and balances.“

— Al Gore
Context: There is good and evil in every person. And what makes the United States special in the history of nations is our commitment to the rule of law and our carefully constructed system of checks and balances. Our natural distrust of concentrated power and our devotion to openness and democracy are what have led us as a people to consistently choose good over evil in our collective aspirations more than the people of any other nation.

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