Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Al Gore

The Emmy and Oscar were nice, but last year's Nobel Peace Prize (which Gore shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was the former Vice President's absolution. For years, Gore had been dismissed, even ridiculed, for his traveling Power Point extravaganza warning about climate change — captured in the landmark documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Today, few would disagree that Al was pretty much on the money. Unsurprisingly, he sunk his Nobel winnings into the Alliance for Climate Protection, an organization founded and chaired by Gore that builds grassroots momentum to solve the climate crisis and aims within 10 years to have America generating 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources. — R.F.