Al Gore has always been one of the most outspoken supporters of the theory that human beings are causing dangerous changes to the earth’s climate. Even fellow Democrats are not exempt from criticism when it comes to his efforts to save the planet. Earlier today, Mr. Gore lashed out at President Obama for failing to make climate change the top priority of his administration.
The former Vice President was an unexpected guest at a speech that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was making to the New York League of Conservation Voters. The hosts thought it would be a nice touch to surprise the Mayor and have Al Gore make the introduction before the Mayor delivered his remarks on Hurricane Sandy. Bloomberg planned to discuss the city’s response to the massive storm that killed 131 people and the League believed Mr. Gore was the perfect person to get the afternoon off to a great start.
Little did they know what Mr. Gore had up his sleeve. The outspoken climate change evangelist ripped into President Obama and his administration.
“I deeply respect our president and I am grateful for the steps that he has taken, but we cannot have four more years of mentioning this occasionally and saying it’s too bad that the Congress can’t act.”
“Our democracy has been hacked. And when the large part of polluters and their ideological allies tell the members of Congress to jump, they do say, ‘how high’ And we need leadership in the executive branch as well.”
Mayor Bloomberg was a bit more tactful as he focused on the efforts of his administration and the city’s emergency services to deal with the damage and the toll of human suffering caused by Sandy. He spoke about the need to rebuild the city and the effort to save the waterfront area.
“Let me be clear: We are not going to abandon the waterfront … But we can’t just rebuild what was there and hope for the best. We have to build smarter and stronger and more sustainably.”
It will be interesting to hear who gets the last word in this argument; Al Gore or the President. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg will probably want to keep his chin up and duck when the words start to fly like missiles.