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Al Gore praises officials in local battle against global warming

  • JAMM AQUINOCTY - Former vice president Al Gore speaks during a presentation of the Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability on renewable energy and resources on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.  (Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Jamm Aquino).
    JAMM AQUINO
    CTY - Former vice president Al Gore speaks during a presentation of the Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability on renewable energy and resources on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Jamm Aquino).

Al Gore brought his inconvenient truth to Hawaii Tuesday night, praising local officials for making progress on global warming issues but saying there’s more work ahead.

“There is hope. And not only hope, we are going to win this,” the former vice president declared at the Stan Sheriff Center to applause.

Gore, wearing a lei, spoke before an adoring crowd of about 9,000, who greeted him to the stage with a standing ovation and saw him off in similar fashion. On hand were more than 4,000 students. Tickets were free.

Gore freewheeled around the Stan Sheriff Center stage, waving his arms and pointing his fingers and showing slides and charts — much like his Academy Award-winning 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

“Hawaii is in a unique place to see the vulnerabilities we are all facing globally,” he said. “But it’s also a great place to see the opportunities.”

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