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Al Gore Verdict: He Isn’t Running

As much as media pundits are speculating that Al Gore will use his Oscar afterglow to make another White House bid, there are no indications that he plans to do so.

That seems to be the consensus from a myriad of media outlets that have done the Gore post-Oscars piece. Newsday even examines his girth — the subject of quite a bit of recent snark — and quotes an unnamed sources who says, “Judging from where he is now, I’d say he’s not running.”

In other words, a post-Oscar presidential run makes for a good story — if only it were true.

“I do no have a plan to become a candidate for office again,” Gore said in response to a question on Sunday night. “I am involved in a campaign of another kind.”

According to the New York Observer, another person asked if Gore had crossed over into superstar status. “William Hung was a rock star,” Mr. Gore replied, referring to the engineer turned “American Idol” star. “I just have a slide show show.”

The Oscar appearance did draw some criticism as a bit over-the-top, and one group used the post-awards attention on Monday to release figures on Gore’s energy use in his Tennessee home. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged that his gas and electric bills showed that he used nearly 221,000 kilowatt hours of energy last year, more than 20 times the national average. Total cost: $30,000.

A spokeswoman for Gore says he’s offset the energy use by purchasing “green credits” to “bring their carbon footprint down to zero.”

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