PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore praised the Obama administration's plan announced Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants over the next 15 years.
He said the symbolic value was more important that the reduction of emissions that could follow. "It re-establishes the moral authority on the part of the United State of America in leading the world community," Gore said, addressing this year's graduates at Princeton University.
He said it helps set the tone for talks next year on global climate change talks.
Gore, a leading advocate on climate issues, spoke Monday in New Jersey at Princeton's Class Day, a mostly whimsical celebration the day before the Ivy League school's commencement ceremony. He was named an honorary member of the graduating class and given a Princeton "beer jacket" with the class's logo.
Gore, who has been mocked as dull, joked that he fit right in with a list of past Class Day speakers including Bill Cosby, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Until 2000, the day was one for awards and a speech by a Princeton faculty or staff member. But since 2001, the event has become a headliner of the university's commencement festivities with celebrity speakers chosen by the graduates. Former President Bill Clinton has been among the non-comedians to speak there.
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