Al Gore

(Albert Arnold Gore Jr.)

Al Gore
Al Gore
  • Born: March 31, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Vice President

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Albert Arnold Gore Jr. is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Gore was Bill Clinton's running mate in their successful campaign in 1992, and the pair was re-elected in 1996. Near the end of Clinton's second term, Gore was selected as the Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election but lost the election in a very close race after a Florida recount. After his term as vice-president ended in 2001, Gore remained prominent as an author and environmental activist, whose work in climate change activism earned him (jointly with the IPCC) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

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[Federal deficits] are like an athlete taking steroids. You get a short term boost and long term damage. Budgets & Budgeting
… the most disturbing aspect of the Republican political culture is how it puts its unquenchable thirst for power, domination and a radical ideology above facts, reason and the truth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls. Voters, Voting & Elections
A nation has to look ahead. Policy & Policy Making
A President has a character, and the whole administration takes its character from the President's. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
America cannot be the world's policeman. But we must reject the new isolationism that says: don't help anywhere, because we cannot help everywhere. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
As soon as cap and trade was presented as a bipartisan compromise, many conservatives who originally supported the idea, turned against it ... Thus have fossil fuel companies and their ideological allies paralyzed the policymaking process both at the global level and in the United States. Energy ;Social Sciences
China has led the world in new tree planting. Over the last several years China has planted 40 percent as many trees as the rest of the world put together. Since 198, all citizens of China over age 11 (and younger than 60) have been formally required at least three trees per year. Environment & Environmentalism
Computer literacy is a fundamental civil right. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Democracy and capitalism have both been hacked. Foreign Trade ;Capitalism
Economists have long understood that taxes do more than raise revenue for the governments that impose them; to some extent, at least, they also discourage and reduce the economic activities that are taxed.
Education may be a local responsibility but I think it is the number one national priority. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Every vote counts and we must count every vote. Voters, Voting & Elections
For too long the federal government has measured quantity, not quality: What it puts in rather than what it gets out. Management & Managing Government
From Kurdistan to Catalonia to Scotland, from Syria to Chechnya to South Sudan, from indigenous communities in the Andean nations to tribal communities in sub-Saharan Africa, many people are shifting their primary political identities away from the nation-states in which they lived for many generations. States. Nations & Nationhood
Getting cigarettes out of the hands of kids before they get hooked, is family values. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
He betrayed America. He played on our fears. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I come from a town of 3 thousand people. If I didn't go someone else would have to go in my place. Military & Veterans
I have long been a vocal advocate of reciprocal free trade though that position did not endear me to my own political party. And I continue to strongly believe in free and fair international trade. Foreign Trade
I used to represent the Congressional district of Oak Ridge Tennessee where the people have an immunity to radiation. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
I will rejoin the national debate …. America’s economic house is no longer in order. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’m going to take Tennessee ideas to Washington and make them work for the country. Policy & Policy Making
I’ve run for President twice. There are other ways to serve. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure. Failure ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
In a campaign, impressions can be much more important than facts and debate. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In only 37 years, our population will grow by a number equivalent to all the people in the world at the beginning of World War II. Development & Growth
In order to stabilize human population growth, we must prioritize the education of girls, the empowerment of women, the provision of ubiquitous access to the knowledge and techniques of fertility management, and the continued raising of child survival rates. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
In our nation there is nothing in between a Supreme Court decision and violent revolution Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
In the future we may have to ration health care, but we're not there now. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In the long run, a second class education always costs more money than a first class education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In Washington's highly politicized world, the greatest risk is not that a program will perform poorly, but that a scandal will erupt. Scandals are front page news, while routine failure is ignored. Public Relations & Image
It’s clear that cracking the genetic code would be of significantly less benefit if we allow our moral code to become cracked as well. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It's hard to envision a future of the United States of America that does not include Mexico. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Judge us not by the rhetoric; judge us by the results. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
More than a billion people in the world live in slums today, roughly one out of every three inhabitants of cities. Housing
No family in America should have to go on national television to save their child’s life. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Our children should not have to draw the breath of life in a city awash in pollution. Environment & Environmentalism
Politics requires tolerance for triviality, artifice, nonsense I have found in short supply. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Prebuttal Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Reality has a way of intruding upon illusion. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Scientific concepts sometimes elude the vast majority of elected officials. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
That's the President of the United States you're talking about, pinhead. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The biggest polluters have a back door into the policy making process of the White House. Environment & Environmentalism
The central organizing principle of governments everywhere must be the environment. Environment & Environmentalism
The lesson of Chernobyl is not an indictment of nuclear power as such. Nuclear power, designed well, regulated properly, cared for meticulously, has a place in the world’s energy supply. Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
The new triad of medicine: a doctor, a patient and an accountant. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The oil and gas lobby, with the vast amount of money at its disposal, is, I believe, the most diabolical influence at work in the nation's capitol. It has for years succeeded in blocking the assignment of public-spirited members to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate, and also intervened in the election of leaders and assistant leaders in both Houses. Energy ;Lobbying & Special Interests
The power of example is America’s greatest power in the world. Leaders & Leadership
The quality revolution that swept American business somehow bypassed the Federal government. Management & Managing Government
The strength of our unity is directly proportional to our conviction that we can win. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The world's forests are being destroyed at the rate of one football field's worth every second. One Tennessee's worth every year. Environment & Environmentalism
There are certain public needs that outweigh private interests. Miscellaneous
There are good people, who are in politics — in both parties — who hold this at arm's length, because if they acknowledge it and recognize it, then the moral imperative to make big changes is inescapable. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
There is a higher duty than that we owe political party. Political Parties & Machines
There really is something to be said for occasionally putting diplomacy aside and laying one’s cards on the table. There is value in calling evil by its name. Diplomacy & Diplomats
They go together, a strong environment and a strong economy. In Florida the environment is the economy. Environment & Environmentalism
Three weeks is a lifetime in presidential politics. The conventional wisdom changes so suddenly. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Ultimately, here is the choice we face: we can either make the solution to the climate crisis the central organizing principle of civilization–or the hostile conditions we are creating will grow rapidly worse, thickening the smothering blanket of global warming pollution surrounding our planet and destroy the viability of civilization as we know it. Environment & Environmentalism
We all have that capacity to reach out to people we don't even know and care about them ... Human Nature
We are steering a course between a kind of computer age Scylla and Charybdis—between the shoals of suffocating regulation on the one side and the rocks of unfettered monopolies on the other. Regulation & Deregulation
We must challenge a culture that is based on too much meanness and not enough meaning. Human Nature
We should place priority on the development of safeguards against unwise, permanent alterations in the human gene pool. Now that we have become principle agents of evolution, it is crucially important to recognize that the pursuit of short-term goals through human modification can be dangerously inconsistent with the long-term best interests of the human species. Regulation & Deregulation
We should tax what we burn, not what we earn. Energy ;Taxes
We sometimes have a tendency to learn the lessons of recent history and convert them into articles of faith. History
We sometimes have a tendency to learn the lessons of recent history and convert them into articles of faith. History
We want the government of this country to realize that it has customers and that it has to be customer friendly. Management & Managing Government
What sort of country hides the identity of people who have killed American military personnel stationed in that country defending it and its royal family? Justice & Injustice ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
While I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. Government
A zebra does not change its spots.
Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo. Nature ;Travel
America's political system has evolved over the last 50 years in ways that have enhanced the power of business lobbies. Power ;Business, Commerce & Finance
As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions. Future
As I have said for many years throughout this land, we're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the future of human civilization. Every bit of that has to change. Future ;Money, Coins & Minting
As president, I will bring all the parties and stakeholders together. I am going to come up with a solution that respects the environment and does not cause an upheaval in the economy.
Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play. History
CO2 is the exhaling breath of our civilization, literally... Changing that pattern requires a scope, a scale, a speed of change that is beyond what we have done in the past.
Consider a clock thermostat, and set it so that you're not using energy when you don't need it, when you're out of your house.
Consider what kind of car you get. Buy cars and other products that have the least impact environmentally.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
For a free country to continue thriving, there have to be regular reforms, because any society, any economy that stays in place, you're going to see repeated attempts to exploit the openings for twisting policy to the advantage of those who already have wealth and power. Society ;Power
George Bush taking credit for the wall coming down is like the rooster taking credit for the sun rising.
Hey, you know what, I've gotta go on that 'Letterman' show. That show is so lame.
How could this Y2K be a problem in a country where we have Intel and Microsoft?
I am Al Gore, and I used to be the next president of the United States of America.
I did very extensive diligence on Al Jazeera English, the network from which Al Jazeera America is going to be derived, and it's really very clear that they have long since established a reputation for excellence and integrity and objectivity.
I do genuinely believe that the political system is not linear. When it reaches a tipping point fashioned by a critical mass of opinion, the slow pace of change we're used to will no longer be the norm. I see a lot of signs every day that we're moving closer and closer to that tipping point.
I drive a hybrid, and we've changed our light bulbs and windows and installed solar panels and geothermal ground source heat pumps and most everything else.
I flew on Air Force Two for eight years, and now I have to take off my shoes to get on an aeroplane.
I have absolutely no plans and no expectations of ever being a candidate again.
I have always been fascinated with those who try to look over the horizon and see things that are coming at us.
I have faith in the United States and our ability to make good decisions based on the facts. Religion & God
I pledge to you today that as president, in my first budget, I will introduce the largest increase in special education ever. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I remember as a boy when the conversation on civil rights was won in the South. I remember a time when one of my friends made a racist joke and another said, 'Hey man, we don't go for that anymore.' Time
I see myself in the mold of Rin Tin Tin. It didn't go to his head either.
I take no pleasure in the fact that the scientific predictions I've relayed to popular audiences turn out to be true.
I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest.
I think it's harder for people than it should be. But as more and more of us become carbon neutral and change the patterns in our lives to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, we are now beginning to see the changes in policy that are needed.
I think that more diversity is a good thing, and fresh points of view articulated by people who are committed to excellence in journalism is a beneficial change in the American media landscape.
I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy. Environment & Environmentalism
I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth, environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
I was in elective politics for 24 years. I've made four national races, two for President, two for Vice President. I have found there are other ways to serve, and I'm enjoying them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I wrote newspaper articles professionally for seven years, and I love newspapers. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If the only tool we use to analyse what's valuable is a price tag, then those things that don't have price tags begin to look like they have no value.
If you want your energy bills to go up, you should support an ever greater dependence on foreign oil, because the rate of new discoveries is declining as demand in China and India is growing, and the price of oil and thus the price of coal will go sky high.
I'm naturally an optimist, but my basis for hope is rooted in my understanding of human nature. Nature ;Hope
I'm old enough to know that a red carpet's just a rug, and I've been able to enjoy the pageantry without letting it go to my head.
In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?
Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power. Power
It's a blessing to have work that feels fulfilling. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's not unusual to find big political shifts that take place beneath the surface before they're visible above the surface.
I've learned the importance of changing people's minds at the grassroots level so that whoever does run will have a much better chance of encountering public opinion that reaches a critical mass and brings about a change not only in White House policies but in the Congress and in the state legislatures and all around the world.
No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.
Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination. Environment & Environmentalism
Population growth is straining the Earth's resources to the breaking point, and educating girls is the single most important factor in stabilizing that. That, plus helping women gain political and economic power and safeguarding their reproductive rights. Women ;Power
Science has a culture that is inherently cautious and that is normally not a bad thing. You could even say conservative, because of the peer review process and because the scientific method prizes uncertainty and penalises anyone who goes out on any sort of a limb that is not held in place by abundant and well-documented evidence. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Surveillance technologies now available - including the monitoring of virtually all digital information - have advanced to the point where much of the essential apparatus of a police state is already in place.
The ability of big money to shape perceptions - where you have four anti-climate lobbyists for every single member of the House and Senate - is a big factor. Money, Coins & Minting
The Bush administration works closely with a network of rapid response digital brownshirts who work to pressure reporters and their editors for 'undermining support for our troops.' Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The Bush-Cheney administration had betrayed some basic American values. So there was hunger for change.
The Congress is virtually incapable of passing any reforms unless they first get permission from the powerful special interests who are most affected by the proposal.
The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it's mentioned.
The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet, I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the Camcorder. Humor
The dominance of short-term perspectives has led to routine decisions in the markets that sacrifice the long-term buildup of genuine value in pursuit of artificial, short-term gains.
The entire North Polar ice cap is disappearing before our very eyes. It's been the size of the continental United States for the last 3 million years and now 40 percent is gone and the rest of it is going.
The first less is this: take it from me, every vote counts.
The golden thread of reason that used to be stretched taut to mark the boundary between the known and the unknown is now routinely disrespected.
The heart of the security agenda is protecting lives - and we now know that the number of people who will die of AIDS in the first decade of the 21st Century will rival the number that died in all the wars in all the decades of the 20th century.
The Internet empowers individuals to play a more active role in the political process, as Obama's campaign has manifested.
The presidency is more than a popularity contest.
The science linking the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather to the climate crisis has matured tremendously in the last couple of years. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The signs that the world is spinning out of kilter are increasingly difficult to misinterpret. The question is how to convince enough people to join a critical mass of urgent opinion, in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The struggle against poverty in the world and the challenge of cutting wealthy country emissions all has a single, very simple solution... Here it is: Put a price on carbon.
There are many who would much prefer that the word 'climate' never be mentioned and that the issue be eliminated from our national conversation.
There are skeptics who do not come to their view because they have a source of income from carbon polluters.
There is an air of unreality in debating these arcane points when the world is changing in such dramatic ways right in front of our eyes because of global warming.
There is the natural tendency that all of us are vulnerable to, to deny unpleasant realities and to look for any excuse to push them away and resolve to think about them another day long in the future. Future
There's lots about politics I don't feel comfortable with. To talk about the politics of future ideas is impossible in soundbite form. Future ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Today we're dumping 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the environment, and tomorrow we will dump more, and there is no effective worldwide response. Until we start sharply reducing global-warming pollution, I will feel that I have failed.
We are going to have the best educated American people in the world.
We need to remake the Democratic party. We need to remake America.
We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made.
When people flirt with despair about the future, they are less likely to take the actions necessary to safeguard it, focusing instead on the short-term. Future
When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.
While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors, he is a moral coward. Truth
Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource. War & Peace
You know the old saying: you win some, you lose some... and then there's that little-known third category.