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Al Gore is looking awfully good right now. Josh Marshall thinks he has a shot at the presidency; Blog of the Moderate Left has an interesting ranking of potential candidates, and while he puts Gore at #5, he says this:

Last time around, I said, “I just don’t see Al running, and I really don’t see Al winning.” I think both of those statements may be wrong. He’s pure on the left, he’s got a film about global warming in the hopper, he seems to have found his passion for the issues again. Like Nixon in ’68, he’s tanned, he’s rested, he’s ready. And he’s the best-situated candidate to play Anti-Hillary in 2008. The only question is if he’ll run. So far he says no—but nobody will hold it against him if in, say, January of 2008, he tells us he feels he must run…for America.

I unreservedly cast my vote for Gore last time he ran (although I had a great many reservations about Lieberman), and I’d do it again. I’ve just seen the trailer for his new movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and guess what? I got a fever. And the only prescription…is more Al Gore. A president who actually cares about science, and pays attention to good science? Sign me up.

Comments

  1. #1 Jonathan Badger
    May 15, 2006

    Sean: Al Gore is not very pro-science. He’s certainly pro-technology, and pro-environment. But his environmentalism is mixed up with a weird Earth-goddess kind of pantheism.
    George: What’s the evidence for that?

    Well, for starters, as Sean correctly wrote, Gore did in fact endorse the teaching of creationism in 1999 (he did back off some when criticized, true). I can’t see how anyone can say someone is pro-science who supports creationism. Secondly, he does go on and on about Gaia in “Earth in the Balance”. Whether or not he was referring to the Greek goddess or Lovelock’s theory of the Earth itself defending the ecosystem, neither square with our understanding of evolution, as both W. Ford Doolittle and Richard Dawkins have quite correctly argued in their works.

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