Chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection and former Vice President of the United States
Pro to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
"[T]he scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged...
Here is what scientists have found is happening to our climate: man-made global-warming pollution traps heat from the sun and increases atmospheric temperatures. These pollutants - especially carbon dioxide - have been increasing rapidly with the growth in the burning of coal, oil, natural gas and forests, and temperatures have increased over the same period. Almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are melting - and seas are rising. Hurricanes are predicted to grow stronger and more destructive, though their number is expected to decrease. Droughts are getting longer and deeper in many mid-continent regions, even as the severity of flooding increases. The seasonal predictability of rainfall and temperatures is being disrupted, posing serious threats to agriculture. The rate of species extinction is accelerating to dangerous levels...
From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption."
"We Can't Wish Away Climate Change," New York Times, Feb. 27, 2010
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Alliance for Climate Protection
Co-founder and Chairman, Generation Investment Management
Chairman, Current TV
Co-recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2007
Board Member, Apple Computer, Inc.
Senior Adviser, Google, Inc.
Visiting Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Democratic candidate for President of the United States, 2000
Vice President of the United States, 1992-2000
Member, US Senate (D-TN), 1984-1992
Member, US House of Representatives (D-TN) 6th District, 1982-1984
Member, US House of Representatives (D-TN) 4th District, 1976-1982
Journalist, US Army (served in Vietnam), 1969-1971
Attended Vanderbilt Law School, 1974-1976
Attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 1971-1972