When Al Gore lost the presidential race to George W. Bush it would have seemed far-fetched to think that his destiny would be anything but a reemergence into the world of politics. He seemed like a natural with the family political history the vice presidency in his past and the prospects looked better for a return after the Supreme Court decision that settled the election in favor of Bush. Politicians seem to want to hold on to office until they are voted out or dragged out to another occupation. Not in the case of Al Gore who had the impetus and momentum to run again after his loss to Bush but chose another direction. Sometimes the best laid plans well you know the rest of the statement.
The pursuit of green the new terminology that has its stalwart followers and detractors more than any issue seems to have the ability to polarize the population. Better recyclables and green energy and environmental emissions while the economy tanks out but the grass is greener and the planet is being saved. The theory has always been around but we can thank Al Gore whose pursuit of the climate became more important that his pursuit of the presidency. An Inconvenient Truth the motion picture that met with the acclaim and praise from the environmentalists and finally the Hollywood crowd who awarded the film and academy award which must have been more satisfying than the presidency.
Achievements perhaps can sometimes become over shadowed by a greater cause. The loss in the election was devastating not only to Al Gore but the many that followed his campaign. The ones that worked closely with him and hung on through the media circus and the events in Florida a State then under the governorship of Jeb Bush the brother of George Bush. For those people and the ones that root for their heroes and elected officials and leadership of a great nation the slippage into what some perceived as a holding area until better political climates was a disappointment.
Now with frigid temperatures blanketing the East and continued insults leveled at global warming some feel cheated. The planet can save itself. It always has and it always will. Diseases, natural disasters, and events that have happened through the course of recorded history show this. The planet warms up and the planet cools off. The affairs of mankind cannot be left alone to concentrate on a component of nature that can take care of itself. But sometimes the best laid plans and you know the rest.