Al Gore to open TAU conference on renewable energy

Former US vice president will be arriving on a special visit to Israel as guest of the Dan David Prize.

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Al Gore, Nobel laureate, former vice president of the United States and author of the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, will deliver the opening address at a conference on "Renewable Energy and Beyond," scheduled to be held at Tel Aviv University May 20-21, the university said Sunday. Gore will be arriving on a special visit to Israel as guest of the Dan David Prize. The 2008 Dan David Prize will be awarded to Gore on May 19 for social commitment to environmental protection and the prevention of a global ecological disaster, a statement from the university read. Tel Aviv University is organizing the international conference with the intent of addressing all issues - technological, economic, political - pertaining to moving towards using renewable energies as a substitute for oil and coal. President Shimon Peres, National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, and Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra will also attend the conference. TAU President Prof. Zvi Galil noted, "Tel Aviv University... which has become a leading academic institution on environmental issues in light of its widespread environmental research, constitutes a natural home for this conference. "The conference organizers were able to bring together the topmost researchers and a series of prominent policy-making elements for a landmark international gathering," he said, adding that the TAU conference would "help increase awareness of renewable energy issues in this country and throughout the world."