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Former Vice President Al Gore told a crowd of about 450 environmental journalists that the political climate is changing to allow Americans to tackle global warming.

"We're very close to that political tipping point," Gore said Friday morning at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference taking place in Madison this week. "The choice facing the present generation is an awesome one. Never before in human history has a single generation been asked to make such difficult and consequential decisions that will have implications for all succeeding generations."

Gore, who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, also congratulated today's winner, President Barack Obama.

"It's an honor for our country and extremely well deserved," Gore said.

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