June 6, 2007 / 12:59 PM / 12 years ago

Al Gore wins Spanish prize for climate change fight

Former Vice-President Al Gore speaks at the closing day of the First American Congress of Biocombustibles at the Alver Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires May 11, 2007. Gore was awarded Spain's prestigious Principe de Asturias prize on Wednesday for his role in raising awareness of climate change. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Vice President Al Gore was awarded Spain’s prestigious Principe de Asturias prize on Wednesday for his role in raising awareness of climate change.

The award for International Cooperation comes alongside a nomination for a Nobel prize for his environmental work and the success of his global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won two Oscars.

“With his leadership he has contributed to raising awareness in governments and societies across the world to defend this noble...cause,” Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, a former Spanish premier who led the jury, said.

Gore served as Democrat President Bill Clinton’s vice president for eight years and narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush.

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