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Al Gore to speak at March LIA luncheon

Former Vice President Al Gore will be the

Former Vice President Al Gore will be the guest speaker at a the biannual LIA luncheon March 8 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Jan. 29, 2013) Credit: AP

Former Vice President Al Gore will speak at the Long Island Association's biannual luncheon.

Gore will participate in a conversational discussion with LIA president Kevin Law at the organization's March 8 luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Law said he expects to discuss Long Island's recent attempts to build up an innovation economy with Gore, as the former vice president could offer up expertise from his roles as a director at Apple and a senior partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Gore's activism in addressing climate change will also make him an insightful speaker, as Long Island continues to struggle with the destruction from superstorm Sandy in late October, and Tropical Storm Irene the year before, Law said.

Gore has received the Nobel Peace Prize -- shared with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- for his work in promoting climate change awareness; he also won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, his documentary addressing global warming.

"I think he’s timely and relevant," Law said. "As we try to figure out. . . converting and our environmental and energy challenges into economic opportunities."

There will, of course, be a "nice mix of politics as well," Law added.

The LIA luncheon, which is held in March and October every year, has always featured high-profile speakers. Previous guests have former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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