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Al Gore has yet another good idea that’s likely to be ignored by the business and political community: In the interest of economic and environmental sustainability, companies should be encouraged to focus on long-term rather than short-term investment goals by dropping the requirement to post quarterly earnings.

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Some climate change deniers have schlepped a frozen sculpture of Al Gore to Alaska to prove that, science be damned, global warming can't possibly be happening because "it still gets cold" in the arctic state.

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"Illegal protest" can count a new baritoned bedfellow. In an interview ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference, former Vice President Al Gore pronounced civil disobedience to be justified, believing that the global warming crisis requires more forceful methods of political activism.

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The former vice president has thrown plenty of his own money at the climate crisis, but now the Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist is hoping to profit from his policy ideas. "An environmental start-up backed by Al Gore's venture capital firm aims to take advantage of coming U.S. climate change legislation by helping companies like Coca Cola and even cities cut pollution," reports Reuters.

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Al Gore went back to his old stomping grounds Wednesday to present the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a mini version of his famous climate lecture. But even if those politicians somehow get their act together, the damage we've already caused will be with us until the year 3000 or later, according to a new report.

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The Bush administration's specific failures -- in foreign and domestic policy and on matters related to civil liberties -- are clear enough. Yet the deeper cause of the public's disaffection goes beyond these specifics.

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Foreign Policy magazine has identified the 10 worst predictions of the year William Kristol, who seems to get it wrong more often than right, tops the list with this doozy: "If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she’s going to be the nominee Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary I’ll predict that right now".

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Have you noticed that the spookiest colors of the season are not orange and black but red and blue? As Halloween slips into Election Day, the race for the White House has scared more grown-ups than any trip to the haunted house.

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Nothing in the presidential campaign so far has been as instructive as its swift descent into the politics of personal destruction. Although voters have probably heard little lately that they did not already know about Sen. Barack Obama, they have learned something very important about Sen. John McCain.

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Obama shows more promise than McCain, if only because he correctly sees deregulatory zeal as a culprit. But Obama's economic strategy simply can't be implemented now: He wants to spend on necessary investments such as health care, but would have no money to do it.

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