Al Gore

Stories by Al Gore

  • My Turn: Al Gore on Climate Crisis and Global Power

    Over the past 200 years, the industrial revolution has created vast wealth and huge improvements in the human condition—in a few dozen highly industrialized countries. The engine of that revolution was fueled by coal and then supercharged with oil—multiplying the productivity of human labor many, many times over. Although we have reaped many benefits from this intensive use of energy, we are now faced with an urgent crisis—a crisis that is altering the very nature of the Earth's climate.Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister, once said, "The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the Oil Age will end, but not for lack of oil." It is the climate crisis that is the forcing mechanism for a change away from the fuels of the Industrial Revolution to a new age. As many know, the Chinese expression for "crisis" consists of two characters side by side: the first is the symbol for "danger," the second the symbol for "opportunity."And what will the...
  • The Energy Electranet

    Over the past 200 years, the industrial revolution has created vast wealth and huge improvements in the human condition--in a few dozen highly industrialized countries. The engine of that revolution was fueled by coal and then supercharged with oil--multiplying the productivity of human labor many, many times over. Although we have reaped many benefits from this intensive use of energy, we are now faced with an urgent crisis--a crisis that is altering the very nature of the Earth's climate.Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister, once said, "The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the Oil Age will end, but not for lack of oil." It is the climate crisis that is the forcing mechanism for a change away from the fuels of the Industrial Revolution to a new age. As many know, the Chinese expression for "crisis" consists of two characters side by side: the first is the symbol for "danger," the second the symbol for "opportunity."And what will the...
  • The Energy Electranet

    Over the past 200 years, the Industrial Revolution has created vast wealth and huge improvements in the human condition in a few dozen highly industrialized countries. The engine of that revolution was fueled by coal and then supercharged with oil--multiplying the productivity of human labor many, many times over. Although we have reaped many benefits from this intensive use of energy, we are now faced with an urgent crisis--a crisis that is altering the very nature of the Earth's climate.Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister, once said, "The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the Oil Age will end, but not for lack of oil." It is the climate crisis that is the forcing mechanism for a change away from the fuels of the Industrial Revolution to a new age. As many know, the Chinese expression for "crisis" consists of two characters side by side: the first is the symbol for "danger," the second the symbol for "opportunity."And what will the...
  • Making Coverage Affordable For All

    Today more than 60 percent of Americans on Medicare have inadequate prescription-drug coverage. Some get prescription drugs from HMOs that are increasing premiums, lowering benefits and often abandoning Medicare altogether. Some have private insurance or "Medigap" plans that charge seniors unaffordable premiums for minimal coverage. And others--13 million--have no prescription-drug cover-age at all.I have met seniors across the country who every day make the unthinkable choice between the medications they need and other basic needs like food and rent. Some cut their prescriptions in half, skimping on medications because they cannot cover the costs. In New Hampshire I met a woman, Florence Seitz, who lays her pills out on the kitchen table each night, deciding which ones she can afford to take. This is an unacceptable way to honor a generation that saw America through the Great Depression and World War II.I have proposed a plan that ensures all seniors and people with disabilities on...