Al Gore to deliver keynote speech at 2013 Lake Tahoe Summit |

Al Gore to deliver keynote speech at 2013 Lake Tahoe Summit

by Kevin MacMillan
Vice President Al Gore, left, and President Bill Clinton attended the first Lake Tahoe Summit in 1997.
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Former Vice President Al Gore is coming back to Lake Tahoe’s premier political gathering 17 years after President Bill Clinton signed a $300 million order establishing the bistate alpine lake as a federal priority.

Gore will deliver the keynote speech at the 17th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug, 19, at Sand Harbor State Park on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore, near Incline Village.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., will host this year’s summit.

“We are honored to welcome (Gore) back this year to discuss ‘A Clean Lake Legacy: Preserving Tahoe and the Environment for Future Generations,’” Reid wrote in an email.

Each year, the Lake Tahoe Summit brings politicians, agency officials and scientists together to discuss the future of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding environment.

At the first summit in 1997, Clinton and Gore unveiled a sweeping plan to protect Lake Tahoe and the basin. It included efforts to restore the lake’s steadily declining water clarity, and to reduce the risk of fire by thinning forests of dangerous fuels such as shrubs and dead trees.

“Lake Tahoe is such a treasure; we are so fortunate to be able to share that lake with the state of California,” Reid said in a conference call Monday afternoon. “The first summit was wonderful … it put Tahoe on a path of recovery. We’re far from it, but we’ve made significant progress.”

Clinton returned for the forum’s 10-year anniversary in August 2007 at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

While a full list of speakers for this year’s summit is being developed, Reid on Monday confirmed that California Gov. Jerry Brown will attend, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been invited.