Al Gore himself didn't say much on the subject on every pundit and fan's mind: Would he use the Nobel Peace Prize as a catapult to another run at the U.S. presidency. According to various reports, he side-stepped the question, focusing instead on what the prize means to the world's efforts to counteract global warming.
His handlers, however, did chime in: that he has "no intention" of running for president in 2008.
That leaves the same window of possibility that's been open for months. "No intention" has the word "no" in it, but it leaves open the possibility that some event or series of events might change his intentions.
In other words, expect to keep hearing about Gore the potential candidate, even though he's done everything -- well, almost everything -- he can to tamp down the chattering classes (hey! that's us).
In the meantime, Gore's words about global warming ought to be the focus -- namely that the effort to control global warming has only just begun. Here, again, is a portion of Gore's statement about winning the world's most prestigious -- and important -- prize:
"This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--the worlds pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis--a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level."
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