Thomson ReutersJanuary 29, 2013 10:15
* Former vice president proud of channel, didn't see only as investment
* Gore touts Al Jazeera's climate coverage
* He praises Obama's pledge to address environment
By Susan Heavey
WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Al Gore said on Tuesday that tough competition from major U.S. television networks forced him to sell Current TV, a struggling progressive cable channel, to Al Jazeera, and he praised the Arabic news broadcaster's coverage of climate change.