Al Gore on The Future

Friday, February 22, 2013

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore pauses as he speaks to an audience during an event at New York University in August 2003. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore pauses as he speaks to an audience during an event at New York University in August 2003. (Getty Images)

Al Gore, former vice president and author of The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, talks about the new balance of global power and environmental drivers in the future.

→Event: Al Gore will be at powerHouse Arena on March 8, 6-8pm. Ticket information here.




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Comments [25]


(Not to mention his comment that

"I said 20 years ago that America should turn to gas!" )

Feb. 22 2013 08:44 PM

Fighter -- and I can't believe how respectful and gullible and uninformed some of these commenters are.

Gore's messages are simple and were fully formed back in the 1990s and they revolve around environmentalism.

Yet he made no mention of environmentalism when he actually on the world's stage, and was able to guide discourse in any direction he chose, as a presidential candidate.

Now we have him getting his butt kissed on shows like this -- while arguably being used by political forces to turn our very self-preservation (aka environmentalism) into just another petty political topic.

Feb. 22 2013 08:28 PM
Fighter from NYC

I can't get over how negative some of these postings are this morning.

Al Gore is not superman, he never invented the internet either (just as S. Palin NEVER said she could see Russia from her house!)...Al Gore to me is a note-worthy figure for his untiring fight against ignorance where it applies to Climate Change.
You don't have to like the man, or even respect him, to KNOW that he is indeed fighting the Right Fight of our time.
He should come on WNYC more often.
And for the record: Bloomberg is not a "green" mayor. I don't where you got that bit of rubbish. It will rain in the city, and it will snow and all of our collective human waste will flow quietly and neatly into the rivers and oceans. Thank you 3 term mayor Bloomberg.
Green my a**.

Feb. 22 2013 03:50 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Al Gore sold the ruins of his Current TV adventure to Al Jazzera.

Now it's called Al Gorezerra.

God Bless Tipper for wising up and leaving that sanctimonious tub of lard.

Feb. 22 2013 02:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Eve Silber, Brian isn't asking those questions because he personally thinks fracking is appropriate. It's an interview technique that gives the guest a chance to address what people w/opposing points of view have been saying.

Feb. 22 2013 12:19 PM
Eve Silber from New York City

Dear dear Brian! Now that both Bill McKibben AND Al Gore have answered your question about fracking in the same exact way I trust that you will finally give up your belief that fracking is an appropriate (even as interim) source of gas. It has been more than obvious that you have been pro-fracking in your questioning and coverage and hope that the answers you received this week will finally cure you of this dangerous opinion. Your pro-fracking opinion has been such a disappointment to this fan.

Feb. 22 2013 11:37 AM
Adrien Seybert from Boulder, Colorado

FYI. A quick summary about the methane issue with fracking.

Feb. 22 2013 11:23 AM
andy from manhattan

any chance we'll talk about the impact of animal agriculture on greenhouse gases this morning? methane creation from bovine agriculture is massive!

Feb. 22 2013 11:18 AM

Al Gore invented gas!

Now THAT I believe!!

Feb. 22 2013 11:18 AM

Re: "Chinese establishing a carbon tax" -- should we view this as a reform that only an authoritarian govt. can get done?"

No, Brian, you should view this a chance to get your real estate license and make your college fund by ringing up the Chief Enforcer of the Carbon Tax," soon to be the "country's" latest overseas billionaire.

But I am curious if this new law was at all the result of any CSR pressure from WalMart, Apple, Gap. Possible?

Feb. 22 2013 11:17 AM
shaneeza from Brooklyn

I have no clue what he's talking about :-/

Feb. 22 2013 11:17 AM

ok enuff

Feb. 22 2013 11:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

A carbon tax is symbolic unless the tax money is used to subsidize alternative energy developments and electric car purchases. Otherwise, the money just goes into general revenues and is just another burdensome tax. But the reality is, the only way to really reduce carbon emissions is to improve and reduce the cost of solar as well as electric cars.

Feb. 22 2013 11:13 AM
Tom from Toronto


Can you please ask Mr. Gore what the truth was behind the massage parlour incident?

Feb. 22 2013 11:10 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I went to hear Vice President Gore when he spoke and signed books at the Union Square B&N a couple of weeks ago. He was great, as usual. I really think he should consider running for president again. He could run as the anti-Tea Party candidate.:-)

Feb. 22 2013 11:09 AM

My god is this gonna be another stroke god Brian please

Feb. 22 2013 11:07 AM

Four questions for Al Gore...

1) To what extent do you think NAFTA is to blame for America's influx of illegal immigrant labor? [My own read is about 80%]

2) Would you support a national VAT on Internet sales? Most of which would go back to the states to replace the sales tax revenue they are now losing due to 'net sales?

3) For the last 45 years, GDP has grown about 6.5% per annum yet average wage has only held abreast with inflation (approx. 4.5%), as a consequence the buying power of an hour of labor has fallen. I.e, 1968 minimum wage workers had 23% more buying power than today's average worker. The maldistribution also affects federal tax revenue. What is a rational path to a cure?

4) If you had been President and knowing what we knew THEN, would you have ordered an invasion of Iraq?

Feb. 22 2013 11:03 AM

Brian ask him how much he is worth.

Feb. 22 2013 11:03 AM
Josh Karan from Washington Heights, northern Manhattan

DId the harm that President Bush did to our country through launching two aggressive wars, & defunding our treasury through tax cuts for the rich, outweigh the harm that Mr. Gore thought would occur if he had challenged as illiigitimate the Supreme Court theft of his presidency?

If such an occurrence were ever to re-arise, what would he suggest that the candidate do, and what does he suggest the American people should do?

This is not an exercise in fantasy but in being prepared as our democracy is rapidly being eroded.

Feb. 22 2013 10:59 AM

Four questions for AL Gore...

Feb. 22 2013 10:54 AM
John A

Spend a minute on Germany. They really seem to be future directed in energy right now.
If Gore is rich, does he fund energy aware candidates like a PAC can?

Feb. 22 2013 10:53 AM
Jf from The future

Mr Gore, what do you suggest we do about shipping container ships that 15 of which pollute as much as all the cars in the world of,which there are 90,000?why cant we ship with balloon trains that run along trans oceanic data cables?

Feb. 22 2013 10:30 AM
Cesar from Manhattan (not yet under water)

If the conversation about democracy is broken, as Mr. Gore has attested, and its repair is a prerequisite for political progress on the climate crisis, 1) how did the conversation on democracy become broken; and 2) what steps does he suggest we take to fix it?

Feb. 22 2013 10:26 AM

*sigh* If he had only run on *any* of his principles!

He serves as nothing except a good lesson for all of us -- most of all liberals and well-intentioned scions wondering why they are running for public office.

Feb. 22 2013 08:50 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Mr. Gore, now called the “carbon billionaire”.....“You didn’t build that! Someone else made that happen!“ echo our uber-egalitarian President.

The well-meaning VOLUNTEER activism of others laid the groundwork for the crony capitalism and regulations that funneled hundreds of millions into your companies.

They volunteered ..... you got rich.
LOL ... Give the money back !!!!

Feb. 22 2013 08:16 AM

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