Today, more than at any time in our history, the strength of our economy, the health of our families, and the quality of our lives depend on advances in science and technology.
Al Gore has supported and promoted cutting-edge, job-creating technology for his entire career in public service. Shaped by his eight years in the House of Representatives - where he served on the Science Committee; and his eight years as a United States Senator - where he chaired the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space, Gore has championed the American spirit of discovery through a commitment to scientific understanding and technological innovation.
As Vice President, Al Gore has worked to unleash greater economic opportunity through global electronic commerce. He led the effort to deregulate the telecommunications industry a move which led to the historic Telecommunications Act -- and also a new tool that parents can use to control to ensure that television reflects their own family values, called the v-chip.
He has led the effort to bring cutting edge technologies into our schools, connect our classrooms to the Internet, and connect our children to the future.
He has been in a leader in our commitment to explore outer space, has announced a new effort to develop a Next Generation Internet, and fought to make the Internet safer and more family-friendly.
Already, information technology accounts for a third of all economic growth, creating jobs that pay on average 80% higher than other private sector jobs Already, more Americans build semiconductors than construction machinery. More Americans spend their days refining data than refining petroleum. And a greater portion of the economy is growing from innovations unleashed by these new technologies.
We are indeed in a new economy -- an economy driven by information, research, knowledge, and technology. An economy that values the productive capacity of people above all else. A new economy that brings the promise of a better life for all Americans. Al Gore wants to ensure that we can sustain the innovation that is now driving the economy well into the 21st century.
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