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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 11:10 AM
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INTERVIEW-Climate missing from U.S. election-Gore
INTERVIEW-Climate missing from U.S. election-Gore

By John Acher and Wojciech Moskwa
Reuters

December 10, 2007


OSLO, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore said on Monday the U.S. presidential election campaign had paid insufficient attention to the environment and climate change.
The former U.S. vice president, who lost a bid for the White House to George W. Bush in 2000 and has repeatedly said he has no plan to run again in 2008, said he would have pushed climate to the top of the agenda if he had been president.

"Some of the candidates have made speeches which are quite good and proposals that are quite responsible, but overall the issue has not achieved the kind of priority that I think it should have," Gore told Reuters.
"I don't blame the candidates for that, some of them have tried to push it higher on the agenda," he said before collecting the peace prize which he shared with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

"That is just the very reason why I have put so much of my time into trying to change the way people think about this crisis in my country and around the world -- so that candidates will hear from citizens that they want this to be the top priority," Gore said in the Norwegian capital.

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But Gore repeated at a news conference on Sunday that he has no plan to run for president next year, though he left open the door to a political comeback in the future.
"I have no plans to be a candidate," Gore said. "As I have also said, I have not completely ruled out the possibility of at some point in the future revisiting whether I would ever want to enter the political process again.
"I don't expect to do that. I doubt very seriously that will ever happen but I see no need to remove it entirely as a possibility in my life."

Gore told the news conference he had made no decision on whether to endorse any of the candidates.

He told Reuters that putting a price on carbon emissions would be the most important step that could be taken in the battle against climate change.
"There is one solution that by itself would be the most important change, to put a price on CO2," he said.
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 11:16 AM
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1. That issue is the one
that has kept me undecided
in my pick and made me keep
hoping and praying that Al
would run.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 11:25 AM
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2. He is the one person absolutely who could redeem America in the world's eyes.
I'm still keeping options open for Mr. Gore.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 02:48 PM
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3. Mr. Gore is now at the pinnacle of strength for changing the world. He must seize this moment.
Edited on Mon Dec-10-07 03:18 PM by seafan
We are truly at the fork in the road.



Al Gore delivering his speech, after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
PHOTO: HEIKO JUNGE/SCANPIX


December 10, 2007


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The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, speaking from the Oslo site of Monday's awards ceremony, told CNN's Jonathan Mann that he didn't expect to ever get back in the political process, but that "if I did get back, it would be as a candidate for president."

He did not endorse any of the current Democratic candidates for president, and did not respond directly to a question about his view of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's environmental policy proposals.

He added that "the political system as it now operates makes it very difficult" for any of the current crop of candidates to make climate change issues a top priority.

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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 05:03 PM
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4. It has been a long, weary and painful 7 years of truth being undermined by deceit.
Waxman: White House censored climate scientists

By Klaus Marre
December 10, 2007


A new report from a House committee said Monday that the White House has engaged in a systematic effort to censor climate scientists.

According to the report, compiled for House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the Bush administration has sought to restrict media access to government scientists and has also edited congressional testimony.

The evidence before the committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: The Bush administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming, according to the document.

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