An intriguing poll has been released concerning the 2008 US presidential election. Amid all the usual gumph about Clinton, Obama, Edwards and the rest; the poll, conducted by Channel 7 and Suffolk University, suggested that if former Vice President and author of The Inconvenient Truth Al Gore entered the race for the Democratic nomination, he would be odds-on favourite to win it.
The poll found that were he to stand in the primaries, 32% of likely primary voters would currently support him, including 29% of those who currently support Hilary Clinton.
Given that none of the Republican candidates are particularly strong, there seems a strong possibility that Gore could go on to win the presidency. The major stumbling block seems to be Gore himself. “I have not ruled out the possibility of getting into politics some time in the future but I don’t expect to because I don’t expect things to change” Gore told Fast Company Magazine.
It is possible, therefore, that come Autumn 2008, the most powerful man in the world could be an evangelical environmentalist. More than any other international leader, Gore has consistently demonstrated his commitment to tackling climate change. Whilst still a congressman, Gore was already warning other politicians of the dangers of global warming. As Vice President, he was crucial in pushing for the Kyoto Agreement to cut carbon emissions; and his zeal has, if anything increased since losing the 2000 Presidential Election. He won an Oscar for The Inconvenient Truth and has co-organised the Live Earth concerts taking place later this week.
Gore seems to think that he can do more to stop climate change outside the White House. But as a former VP, he knows better than almost anyone, the massive power and influence that only the presidency brings. I hope, at least, that Gore has a change of heart. For us green folks, Al Gore in the White House seems like the only certain way of ensuring a complete U-turn in US environmental policy.