Al Gore, the popular choice for president in 2000, has become such an outspoken advocate for the environment, that I join many citizens who hope that the former vice president will announce his candidacy.
I believe that the deteriorating state of our natural world is the most difficult and urgent challenge that humankind has ever faced. In the wake of George Bush's disastrous tenure-where the energy and logging industries hold sway-a different mold of leader will be needed, one who can transform the world's largest energy consumer into a pioneer of clean energy sources.
While other candidates shy away from an issue that is deemed too leftist (with apologies to the unelectable Dennis Kucinich), Al Gore, fresh off his Oscar win for best documentary, has only further immersed himself in his environmental cause.
George W. Bush's legacy (aside from a tenuous grasp of his native tongue) will be his colossal mistake in Iraq. He will be remembered as the anti-gay president (read: anti-civil rights), the anti-science president, the president who bungled a natural disaster. Most tragically, however, will be his legacy as a president who was, at best, indifferent to a looming environmental catastrophe.
I believe that if Al Gore had been occupying the White House instead of George W. Bush, we would be living in a cleaner and more peaceful world. I believe if he runs and is elected, he will work to make changes that must be made.
If you, too, hope that Al Gore makes a run in 2008, please click this link to sign a petition.
Al Gore in '08!
Nate Bowler's views do not necessarily represent those of Jeff Bowler, the NOML or the NIML.