Bill Steigerwald

Another blessing we'd have enjoyed if Al Gore had been elected president is purely psychological. As president, he never would have had time to put together his sci-fi docu-comedy, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Therefore, he never would have won an Oscar or half a Nobel Peace Prize. Global warming wouldn’t be a religious issue. And Al would still be known a pontificating career politician, not a pontificating savior of the planet.

Not everything would have been perfect under President Gore, of course. When 9/11 occurred, he too probably would have gone to Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and destroy al-Qaida's training camps.

We'd no doubt be just as bogged down there as we are today. But under President Gore our soldiers wouldn't be chasing al-Qaida -- they'd be trying to force Afghan tribesmen to reduce their carbon hoofprints by using solar panels instead of firewood to heat their tents and trading in their horses for mountain bikes.

Bill Steigerwald

Bill Steigerwald, born and raised in Pittsburgh, is a former L.A. Times copy editor and free-lancer who also worked as a docudrama researcher for CBS-TV in Hollywood before becoming a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a columnist Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Bill Steigerwald recently retired from daily newspaper journalism..