Political Climate

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Political Climate


Byline: Hern. P. Zenarosa

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Former Vice President Al Gore has said he had "no plan to become a candidate for office again,"but after the spotlight focused on him at the Oscars ceremonies last Sunday, a lot of Americans were hoping he would reconsider and make a second try at the presidency.

Al Gore appeared at the Oscars to thank the 79th Academy Awards for honoring his "An Inconvenient Truth" for Best Documentary, saying the only drive he was pushing was the campaign to solve the climate crisis.

But Laurie David, producer of the film and described as a diehard Gore booster, has not given up hope.

David is only one of the many Americans who have been attracted by Al Gore's concern for the environment, and they have not given up on him.

The fact is that flushed with a coveted Oscar Award, Al Gore faces growing speculation that he might ride the winds of political climate change for a new bid for the US presidency despite is denials.

As we see it, it is a global warming issue whose time has come.

Now, the question is this: Does Al Gore's global warming feat in any way promote the bandwagon of current Philippine senatorial candidates who are putting more and more emphasis on environmental protection in their proposed program of government?

I am referring to senatorial candidates Loren Legarda and Edgardo Angara: They are, for all intent and purposes, Al Gore's friends in Manila.

Loren was elected to the Senate in 1998 where she topped the race and became the youngest woman elected to the Philippine Senate. …

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