Just a day before the Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be announced, a cancellation of a fundraising event and a meeting on the climate crisis in Asia — both of which Al Gore was to attend — are fueling speculation that the former vice president may be preparing to make an even bigger splash — perhaps as the Peace Prize recipient.
Kalee Kreider, a Gore spokeswoman, told FOXNews.com the politician-turned-environmental-crusader had planned to travel to Asia to participate in a senior level meeting on climate control, and as a result had to pull out of San Francisco fundraiser on Thursday for Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. However, Krider told FOXNews.com that the climate meeting was cancelled early Thursday morning, but did not give a reason why.
Gore had earlier contacted Boxer's office to beg out of her fundraising event, where he was to headline alongside musicians Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, the political blog SFGate.com reported.
In a note sent to event supporters and posted on the blog, Boxer wrote: "I just got a call from Vice President Al Gore. He told me that he needs to travel abroad tomorrow for an exciting and urgent mission that could result in a major breakthrough in the fight against global warming."
But Kreider said Friday is expected to be business as usual for Gore. "He is resuming his schedule in California, including a meeting on Friday with the Alliance of Climate Protection. Friday will be a normal, long business day."
Gore was nominated in February for the Peace Prize for his efforts to draw the world's attention to the dangers of global warming, which he did through his Academy Award winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."