The Gore Presidency – A Timeline
Al Gore is officially elected President of the United States after Florida’s Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, is shown to have committed massive vote fraud in the state of Florida during several stages of vote recounts.
Gore’s inaugural address to nation focuses on healing after a tumultuous election. However, his proposed environmental bill draws immediate fire from Republicans, who claim it will destroy the economy. And environmentalists complain that his proposed tax incentives to American car companies for research into Hydrogen-fueled automobiles will perpetuate the grip oil companies hold on the transportation system. Gore presses on, however, claiming that Americans need to be realistic about quickly converting from an oil-based economy to alternative sources, citing what he refers to as “The inconvenient truth” that environmental issues are the “challenge of our generation.”
Gore expands Clinton’s “road-less rule” protecting nearly sixty million acres of forests from logging and road-building to nearly 90 million acres.
Gore signs four pro-union executive orders, including measures to encourage project labor agreements at federal construction sites and to provide for job protections for union employees whose companies lose federal contracts.
Senate Republicans introduce a bill to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, which Gore immediately promises to veto if passed.
Senate Democrats, at the urging of Gore, introduce the Alternative Energy Act, which promises to invest billions into nuclear fusion research and billions more into tax credits for American auto manufacturers for the development of hydrogen fuel-powered cars. Gore calls it the most important piece of commerce-based legislation since The Federal Highway Act of 1956. Its passage, however, looks bleak, as both conservatives and many environmentalists oppose it.
Gore appoints a federal mediator to resolve a labor dispute between airline mechanics and Northwest Airlines.
Gore delivers a major speech on global warming, again calling it the “Challenge of our generation, to save future generations.” The speech is a major multimedia effort dubbed “An Inconvenient Truth” that is filled with statistics showing extreme global warming trends.
Gore urges Congress to pass the Kyoto Treaty, “post-haste.”
United States Department of Agriculture toughens quality standards on federal school lunch programs.
Gore strengthens efforts to crack down on offshore tax havens.
Vice President Al Lieberman’s task force releases its “National Energy Policy” report, calling for stronger environmental regulations and massive subsidies for research into alternative energy, saying that the energy crisis of the 1970s never went away.
Congress passes a weakened Alternative Energy Act. Gore complains that it is a watered down version of the original proposal, but signs it anyway, saying, “time is not on our side, and we must act now to save the environment.”
Gore meets with California governor Gray Davis and agrees to impose federal price controls to curtail California’s energy crisis, and announces federal investigations into pricing practices of energy firms doing business in California.
Gore endorses the McCain-Kennedy patients’ bill of rights legislation.
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announces a policy that would require gun records be destroyed 2 years after a background check rather than ninety days later.
The Gore administration endorses UN treaty to curb international trafficking in small arms and light weapons.
The Gore administration lobbies in favor of international treaty on germ warfare and biological weapons.
Presidential Daily Briefing warns “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris indicted on felony vote fraud charges.
Gore Administration urges Congress to help Administration improve security efforts at airports and other American points of entry.
Justice Department drops effort to break up Microsoft, hoping to speed settlement of antitrust lawsuit.
Terrorists crash hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands. Gore, ignoring the pleas of the Secret Service to stay out of harms way, joins New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani in a “March of Victory” to the site of the attacks, drawing thousands of cheering onlookers.
US attacks Afghanistan in retaliation of September 11 attacks and targets military bases as well as Taliban and Al Qaeda Soldiers, ultimately leading to “surgical” air strikes that leave thousands of Afghani civilians dead. Gore announces his regrets and vows to make Afghanistan “a home of peace.”
50,000 American troops enter Afghanistan. Gore declares that this moment will “help us all turn away from the eyes of violence.”
Gore rams through Congress a $75 billion foreign aid bill for Afghanistan, and urges civil engineering contractors throughout the Middle East to help “join the cause for an end to violence.”
The Gore administration announces the formation of a special commission for managing civil engineering contracts that focuses on hiring civil engineers in Afghanistan for reconstruction.
The Afghan capital, Kabul, falls without violence. Gore immediately announces an amnesty program for all “peace-loving Afghanis” who turn in weapons and register with Afghani ID cards with the new Afghani government as soon “as it is practical to have one there.”
Gore announces plans to transfer power to a civilian government in Afghanistan, and promises billions of dollars in aid and infrastructure programs throughout the Middle East.
Taliban stronghold in southern Afghan city of Kandahar falls.
Power Lines House Financial Services Committee hears testimony on Enron’s financial deterioration from officers from the Securities and Exchange Commission, accounting firm Arthur Andersen, and members from the AFL-CIO, and Thompson Financial. Kenneth Lay, the Chair and CEO of Enron, refuses to attend the hearing.
After a UN sponsored meeting of Afghan power brokers, Hamid Karzai is sworn in as chairman of a six-month interim government. Karzai immediately announces an amnesty program to “heal the nation”. Taliban leaders reject the offer, but many tribal leaders express support for a national identification system if the U.S. promises to follow through on its promise to provide legitimate foreign aid.
January 10, 2002
The Justice Department launches a criminal investigation of Enron.
First Afghan prisoners of war begin to arrive in Wiesbaden, Germany, under joint NATO supervision and processing.
White House unveils its “Clear Skies” initiative increasing penalties for companies failing to reduce three major pollutants; the plan additionally accelerates reductions already required under existing law.
Gore proposes a comprehensive foreign aid package to Congress dubbed “The Bill of Hope” aimed towards the Middle East and other world regions. The emphasis on the aid package is on micro loans under a model similar to Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank. The scope of the plan is similar to The Marshall Plan of post World War II, and, although it is met with both criticism and praise, the $90 billion plan is passed by Congress and is widely credited with changing the face of third world and Middle Eastern politics.
IRS records reveal increases in audits of the working poor; audits of large corporations and the rich drop to all-time lows; Gore promises major changes to auditing system to focus more on high income and corporate taxpayers.
Gore orders a review of Workfare, claiming it interferes with the notion of family values, and asks Congress to develop a comprehensive solution to poverty focusing on tax credits for working people and single mothers, as well as a comprehensive drug rehabilitation program.
The White House commissions a study on ways to dismantle tactical nuclear weapons and and announces plans to visit Moscow in May, pledging that “We will have a deal for theater nukes in place by that time.”