updated 05:00 pm EDT, Fri October 12, 2007
Apple honors Gore
Apple is paying tribute to Al Gore's shared win of the Nobel Peace Prize today with a message posted to its home page that reads: "Al has put his heart and soul, and much of his life during the past several years, into alerting and educating us all on the climate crisis. We are bursting with pride for Al and this historic recognition of his global contributions." Gore was chosen to share the award with the United Nations Panel on climate change, in part for his efforts on the Oscar-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth," which was produced using Apple's Keynote presentation software.
At a press conference reacting to the award, Gore said "It is the most dangerous problem we have ever faced, but it is also the greatest opportunity we have ever had to make changes. This is a chance to elevate global consciousness about the challenges we now face."
Al Gore joined Apple's board of directors in 2003 and likely played some part in the Cupertino-based company's recent decision to reveal its environmental policies and plans for the future. Gore also led the committee that investigated Apple's recent stock options scandal, clearing all current Apple management of any wrongdoing.
Gore's win has incited a push for encouragement to run in the '08 presidential election. In a May TIME Magazine interview, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said "If he ran, there's no question in my mind that he would be elected. But I think there's a question in his mind, perhaps because the pain of the last election runs a lot deeper than he lets most of us see."
The former Vice President has repeatedly said that he would rather pursue change on social and environmental issues from a private rather than political position.