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Foreboding forecast

Al Gore visits Pasadena to discuss ‘The Future’ 

 

02/07/2013

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Al Gore has had an illustrious life as a former senator and vice president, as well as a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the narrator and inspiration for the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” But the last few months have seen Gore treading rougher waters, selling his cable network Current TV to the controversial Arabic news network Al-Jazeera and taking flak from pundits and late-night comedians over the $500-million sale price, likely paid from oil and gas profits from the emirate of Qatar, which funds Al-Jazeera. The deal appeared hypocritical to Gore skeptics, considering oil and gas provide much of the pollution causing climate change.

Nonetheless, Gore remains one of America’s most beguiling lightning rods for political controversy, and he will likely deliver a fascinating talk when he comes to the Pasadena Convention Center Sunday to discuss and sign his latest book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.” 

Among these drivers are “Earth Inc.,” which the book describes as an “integrated, holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor markets and governments than in the past,” and the “Global Mind,” in which worldwide digital communications, Internet and computer revolutions link the thoughts of billions and connect intelligent machines, robots and databases. He also predicts a shift in the current balance of world power from US-centered to one with multiple emerging centers of power. Love him or hate him, it should be interesting. 

Gore discusses and signs “The Future” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Admission for the book and talk is $40. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com. 

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