Al Gore told CNN today that there were no “campaign plans in his immediate future,” but he also said, he hadn’t “ruled out getting back into the political process at some point” — and “if he did return to political life, it would be to take another shot at the White House. ”
The latest “will Al Gore run” speculation coincided with his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today in Oslo, Norway. Think Progress has a video clip of Gore’s acceptance speech here and the full transcript here. In his speech, Al Gore said, “that seven years from now, if we fail to address the climate crisis, there is a chance that the North Polar ice cap will have vanished”:
[T]he earth has a fever. And the fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction that will heal by itself. We asked for a second opinion. And a third. And a fourth. And the consistent conclusion, restated with increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong.
We are what is wrong, and we must make it right.
Last September 21, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is “falling off a cliff.” One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years. Seven years from now.
As much as I would love to see Al Gore run for president again, it simply ain’t gonna happen in ’08 and I personally have my doubts whether it will happen in ’12. He’s a man doing what he enjoys doing and making a huge difference in the world doing it. Why on earth would he want to give that up?