Al Gore was a congressman and senator from Tennessee and vice President of the United States under Clinton 1993 to 2001.

In 1968, while a student at Harvard, Gore took a class with oceanographer and global warming theorist Roger Revelle, who sparked Gore's interest in global warming and other environmental issues.

After joining the U.S. House of Representatives in 1983, Gore held the first congressional hearings on the climate change, and co-sponsor[ed] hearings on toxic waste and global warming.

Gore is currently an author and environmental activist. He has founded a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alliance for Climate Protection founded in 2006.
His 2006 book, "An Inconvenient Truth" about global warming was featured in a documentary by the same name which won two Academy Awards.

He received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for his work in climate change activism.

Gore has certainly used his notoriety to raise awareness of global warming, but I wouldn't put him in a class with John Muir, Edgar Wayburn or T.R. for getting things done.

Al Gore at Wikipedia

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