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Al Gore Essay

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Al Gore is known as a businessperson, an author, former journalist, an environmentalist, but most importantly a politician. Beginning his political career at 28 he has taken seat in the Senate, House of Representatives, and was the Vice President during the Clinton era. He even won the popular vote as presidential candidate in the 2000 election, however he lost the electoral to George W. Bush. He grew up in a very influential family, being the offspring of a Congressman. He has played a large role in America's political history. Al Gore's strong beliefs and initiatives, especially on the issues of environment and healthcare, have made him a very effective political figure.Al Gore feels that the energy crisis and the environment are very vital issues because of what is at stake. He states that "the dangerous and unsustainable consumption of oil from a highly unstable part of the world is similar in consequence to other forms of self destructive behavior" (Gore 201). He believes that by keeping world oil prices high, our steadily increasing consumption of oil also ensures the continued flow of petrodollars into the hands of countries like Iran which are hostile to our community, and Saudi Arabia, where significant sums have apparently been diverted to train and support terrorists. He says Americans have had one too many wars to ensure our continued access to oil. Because of theses reasons an urgent effort to develop environmentally sustainable substitutes for fossil fuel is required (Gore 201).The best known and far most serious of the environmental threats is the climate crisis. He is concerned because of the over whelming majority of environmental scientists who have found growing evidence that the world's environment is sustaining severe and potentially irreparable damage from the accumulation of pollution in the atmosphere. He believes that in spite of the evidence, there are a lot of people who do not believe global warming is a problem at all, and aims to make this issue more well known (Gore 222).The energy crisis and the climate crises are both linked in their causes and in their solutions. In order to deal with the planetary emergencies and political emergencies caused by the increase in buildup of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere, Al Gore aims to quickly address its principal cause- which he feels is civilization's overdependence on burning substantial amounts of carbon based fuel (Gore 200-232).Al Gore believes that the government should have a change in their health care system. Al Gore says he favors "single-payer", government funded national health coverage, in which money to pay for health care would be collected by a single agency, which would then pay for widespread coverage for all citizens; this money would be collected from insurance premiums and tax dollars. This is a healthcare system similar to those in England and Canada (Lester 1-2).This proposal would require a great change in the current health care system but...

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