Al Gore Looks Toward the Future

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Former vice president Al Gore discusses what will drive global change in the decades to come and looks at how globalization is transforming economies, politics, agriculture, technology, and the environment. His new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world. He’ll also talk about climate change, Washington politics, and his views of the world to come.


Al Gore

Comments [26]

Noach (Independent Traditionalist) from Brooklyn

@ Ari Popper, Jan. 31 2013 02:55 PM:

Are you suggesting that the threat of global warming is nothing more than a new "myth" or "story"?

Feb. 19 2013 05:09 AM
Ari Popper from CA

Mr Gore, you make a very compelling case for change. One approach is to help create new myths and stories...something that Science Fiction does very effectively. SciFutures uses this process deliberately to disrupt routine thinking and inspire durable change.

Jan. 31 2013 02:55 PM

Unfortunately, the former VP couldn't clarify that the Union Pacific v. Santa Clara CTY decision IN ITS TEXT makes no mention of Corporate Personhood as any part of the decision.

The Court Clerk wrote a headnote with that "decision" prior to the decision being written. Thom Hartmann notes this & the decision itself is available at government & university & legal websites.

The headnote has been the basis of successive precedents & evidently there is no way to correct this legal travesty.

Jan. 30 2013 02:02 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@ John, you mean Fox's baseless criticism of his sale of "current tv" to Al Jezeera?

Jan. 30 2013 01:58 PM
Noach from Brooklyn

Apropos Citizens United:
"Rich people have a long history in this country of buying elections and politicians. They didn’t, and still don’t, need the dodge of corporate personhood to do that nasty work."

- Doug Henwood, "Fleshing out the corporate person"

Jan. 30 2013 01:57 PM
Susan from the Village

I can't help thinking that if Mr. Gore had become president when he won the election, surely we would be better off at this point in time.

Jan. 30 2013 01:56 PM
antonio from baySide

Does President Gore, sorry Vice-President Gore...feel any future Presidential candiate could ever embody what he has just articulated?

I can only think of Senator Warren of Massachusetts...

Jan. 30 2013 01:56 PM

So, where was he during the election? Unless I missed it,...complete silence.

Jan. 30 2013 01:56 PM
john from office

Wow, imagine his speeches as president, we would be asleep.

Ask him about the 300 million he made on the sale of Current to the enemies of the USA. Sounds like a payoff from the Arabs.

Jan. 30 2013 01:49 PM

All I can hear, no matter what Mr. Gore is saying, is Darryl Hammond's voice saying "Lockbox."

Jan. 30 2013 01:49 PM

This discussion reminds me of the scifi novels "Feed" by MT Anderson and "Oryx and Crake" and "After the Flood" by Margaret Atwood. Brave and scary new future... here we come!

Jan. 30 2013 01:47 PM
John A.

Here's One:
Is the Internet at a good point in its design to prevent a "cyber pearl harbor" or will it require a substantial redesign to defend?

Jan. 30 2013 01:46 PM
CK from Yorktown

I find it hard to take him seriously. Sure, a good discussion on climate change would be nice. Politics stand in the way etc. But he never seems to have any real knowledge of the subject. Very much the buzz word stuff. And oh by the way, what's Mr. Gore doing to reduce his energy footprint: jetting about to promote the book? I dunno.

Jan. 30 2013 01:45 PM

"ARROGANT BIPED!!!!!!!" Who died and left YOU in charge of the Goats? Really? spider genes??? Shite!!!

Jan. 30 2013 01:44 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

... spider-goats and manbearpigs! Is he being super-cereal?

Jan. 30 2013 01:43 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Ah, yes, "spider-goats." Of course!

Jan. 30 2013 01:41 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

The Internet has/is sweeping many forms of 'old tech' - print journalism, recorded music, television - to name just a few.

My question is about the power to tax Internet sales. Would the VP have included a 'time certain' end for the Internet's tax-free status, if he had it to do over again?

Jan. 30 2013 01:38 PM

Please ask Mr. Gore to respond to John Catsimatidis comment that the temperature of all of the planets is increasing--make earlier today on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Jan. 30 2013 01:33 PM

If you were president, would you attach Carbon Reduction-related legislation to taxpayer bailout recipients effected by Sandy and future climate change-related disasters?

Jan. 30 2013 01:32 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Leonard: Dilemma: Should I go to Mr. Gore's book signing or Dave Barry's book signing? Same time, different locations. How could you do this to us?

Jan. 30 2013 01:30 PM

Al, Doesn't the practice of using the profits from investments to multiply investments, in just a direct physical way, drive ever multiplying rates and scales of change??

Doesn't that seem to be becoming unmanageable, it's making change so complex and overwhelming for people trying to respond to it?

Jan. 30 2013 01:28 PM

can you ask Mr. Gore about the "ManBearPig" phenomenon?

Jan. 30 2013 01:25 PM
Noach (pro-99% Traditionalist) from Brooklyn

"For the past eight years, Clinton and Gore disenfranchised a major voting bloc that would have easily swung the election to Gore. During their tenure in office, the prison population swelled from 1.4 to 2 million, removing an enormous number of potential Democratic voters from the lists, thanks to the harsh sentencing laws. Clinton-Gore were particularly devoted to draconian Reagan-Bush laws, Hutchinson points out."

- Noam Chomsky, "Elections 2000", January, 2001

Jan. 30 2013 01:24 PM

When did you devise these drivers?

What drove Global Change 2000-2008, and, had you served as president -- how would the world be different today?

Jan. 30 2013 01:23 PM

Why didn't he run on saving ourselves (or what Fox viewers and fundraisers call Saving the "environment" in 2000? It would be great to hear him address that directly, we could really have used that discourse and public learning curve, at that time.

Jan. 30 2013 12:45 PM
antonio from baySIde

Going to skip the obvious question, would VP (and the real 43rd President) Gore ever consider the Supreme Court if he was asked to be a justice...?

Jan. 30 2013 12:21 PM

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