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Al Gore
(31 Mar 1948 - )

American statesman and vice president who, after two terms as 45th U.S. Vice President, became active in raising awareness of climate change and its effects. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for these efforts.

Science Quotes by Al Gore (6 quotes)

Any child born into the hugely consumptionist way of life so common in the industrial world will have an impact that is, on average, many times more destructive than that of a child born in the developing world.
— Al Gore
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (2006), 308.
Science quotes on:  |  Population (41)

Of all the works of civilization that interfere with the natural water distribution system, irrigation has been by far the most pervasive and powerful. (1992)
— Al Gore
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (2006), 111.
Science quotes on:  |  Irrigation (3)

One tragic example of the loss of forests and then water is found in Ethiopia. The amount of its forested land has decreased from 40 to 1 percent in the last four decades. Concurrently, the amount of rainfall has declined to the point where the country is rapidly becoming a wasteland.
— Al Gore
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (2006), 107.
Science quotes on:  |  Environment (75)  |  Forest (54)  |  Water (122)

The choice to 'do nothing' in response to the mounting evidence is actually a choice to continue and even accelerate the reckless environmental destruction that is creating the catastrophe at hand.
— Al Gore
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (2006), 37.
Science quotes on:  |  Climate Change (25)  |  Environment (75)

To use a Southern euphemism, our space program has been snake-bit.
Comment on the failed launch of an unmanned rocket, only a short time after the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger.
— Al Gore
ABC television interview, Nightline (5 May 1986). In James B. Simpson, Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations (1988).
Science quotes on:  |  Disaster (15)  |  Space Shuttle (8)

Well-established theories collapse under the weight of new facts and observations which cannot be explained, and then accumulate to the point where the once useful theory is clearly obsolete.
[Using Thomas S. Kuhn's theories to frame his argument about the relationship beween science and technology: as new facts continue to accumulate, a new, more accurate paradigm must replace the old one.]
— Al Gore
Commencement address at M.I.T. (7 Jun 1996). In obituary, 'Thomas S. Kuhn', The Tech (26 Jun 1996), 9.
Science quotes on:  |  Accumulation (16)  |  Cannot (7)  |  Collapse (8)  |  Explanation (88)  |  Fact (325)  |  Thomas S. Kuhn (20)  |  New (107)  |  Observation (264)  |  Obsolete (4)  |  Paradigm (10)  |  Theory (353)  |  Usefulness (54)  |  Weight (41)  |  Well-Established (2)

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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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