Sunday, February 25, 2007

Inconvenient Truth Wins Oscar

Al Gore joined Director Davis Guggenheim on stage this evening to accept the award for Best Documentary Feature for "An Inconvenient Truth."

In his acceptance speech, Gore spoke of the crisis of climate change and global warming.

“My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis.”

“It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started with the possible exception of the will to act. That’s a renewable resource. Let’s renew it.”

The movie has made $45 million at the box office, the third highest grossing documentary of all time.

Guggenheim told the Hollywood audience that he was inspired to make the movie because of Gore. "We were moved to act by this man."

Gore Mock Announcement at Oscars

Al Gore seems to be getting better at a light hearted and self deprecating approach to suggestions that he might run for the Presidency.

Gore arrived on stage tonight with Leonardo DiCaprio to announce that the Oscars have gone green.

In a well rehearsed comedy set up, Di Caprio asked Gore if he had any major announcement to make this evening. Gore responded.

"Well, I do appreciate that, Leo. And i’m kind of surprised at the feelings welling up here actually. You’ve been very convincing. Even though I honestly had not planned on doing this, I guess with a billion people watching, it’s as good as time as any. So, my fellow Americans, I’m going to take this opportunity right here and now to formally announce my intention..."

And the orchestra kicked in...

Very clever.

Al Gore at the Oscars

Al and Tipper Gore at the Oscars in what could be a big night for the movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Gore's Film likely to Win Oscar

The Al Gore documentary about climate change and global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, is being predicted as the winner of the Best Documentary at this years Academy Awards tonight.

And if it does win, expect Gore to join the movie's director, Davis Guggenheim on stage to accept the award.

Would there be any better platform for Gore if he does decide to join the race for the Democratic nomination? An audience of millions of Americans, in what would no doubt be a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.

Rumor has it that Gore may be playing another part in this evening's event. At the very least though, expect him to feature in the red carpet walk in interviews.

Although he has said that he is not interested at this stage in running for President again, he has not ruled out a bid, and former Gore aides have been meeting to discuss options of drafting him.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Gore Rocking Against Global Warming

Al Gore is planning to help stage the biggest one of the biggest rock concerts in history to highlight the crisis of climate change.

The concert series, to be known a "Live Earth" will take place on July 7 and will bring together over 100 musicians from around the world to perform. The concerts will be held in Australia, England, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, China and the United States.

The overall climate change campaign will be known as Save Our Selves, or the SOS campaign, which has been founded by Kevin Wall who organised the Live 8 concerts for Africa in 2005.

It is expected that the concerts will draw an audience of around 2 billion people, through television, radio and live on the web.

Some of the performers who have already committed to the concert are the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Snow Patrol, Snoop Dog and Sheryl Crow.

Al Gore was in Los Angeles today where the concerts were announced. He said that the concerts were linked to the beginning of the campaign, and in order to solve the climate crisis, billions of people have to be reached. He said that climate crisis is a planetary emergency.

Asked a question on whether he would consider a run for the nomination, he said that he hasn't changed his answer on politics for some time, he has no intention of running for President again. However, the status and publicity that this announcement and the work he is doing will bring him, certainly wont hurt his chances should he decide to run.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Al Gore on 14% in USA Today Poll

Al Gore is polling in third place in the latest poll conducted by USA Today released yesterday. Gore secured 14% as the preferred Democratic nominee amongst Democrat and Democrat leaning voters.

Hillary Clinton led the poll on 40% with Barack Obama second on 21%.

Gore's result which is up from 11% in the same poll in January, puts him ahead of John Edwards on 13%.

His favorable rating has also risen, up to 52% from 48% in January.

Gore is yet to rule out another bid for the Presidency, but some former campaign advisers met in Boston recently to discuss a "Draft Gore" campaign.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

ABC News Story on Al Gore

Below is a story that appeared on ABC news Thursday. It talks of a possible run by Al Gore for the Democratic Nomination. And it also describes him as a potential Democratic Dynamite!

"Feb. 1, 2007 — International appointment as environmental crusader…check. Oscar buzz…check, check. And, as of this morning, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee…check.

These days it seems like former Vice President Al Gore is in the official pool of nominees for just about everything…except the race for the White House.

Last June, Gore told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, "I can't imagine any circumstances in which I would become a candidate again."

It's a position Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed today, adding that the Gore camp views 2008 as a "campaign on the issue to help change and educate the minds of the American public."