A political figure and environmental activist, Al Gore is a notable figure in energy dynamics for his campaign to raise awareness about global warming. He was born in Washington, DC, in 1948. The son of a U.S. senator, Gore spent his childhood between Washington, DC, and a farm in Tennessee. He obtained a bachelor of art's degree in government in 1969 and enlisted in the army during the Vietnam War. He was granted an honorable discharge in 1971. Gore began his political career when he became a U.S. representative from the state of Tennessee in 1976. He held that office until 1984, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1993, Gore became vice president under President William Clinton. In 2000, he campaigned for the presidency of the United States, and although he won the nation's popular vote, he failed to win enough votes in the Electoral College and conceded the election after a contentious challenge. Gore is an important figure in global energy dynamics for his efforts to raise awareness and combat global warming. Throughout his service in Congress, Gore worked to promote sustainable energy programs and enact environmental education programs. He supported the enactment of the Kyoto Protocol by the U.S. Senate and cosponsored hearings on global warming. After his defeat in the 2000 election, Gore has devoted his time to global warming outreach and education. His efforts are documented in the film An Inconvenient Truth (2006).
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