Former vice president Al Gore has a lot to say about Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement. In a series of interviews he’s given since Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal, Gore has repeatedly criticized the move as “reckless” and harmful to both global and American interests.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” this Sunday, Gore laid bare his criticism of the decision.
“I think it was reckless,” Gore explained. “I think it was indefensible. It undermines America’s standing in the world. It threatens the ability of humanity to solve the climate crisis in time.”
Gore has long been an advocate in the fight against climate change, and even released a documentary in 2006 meant to educate and alert people to the dangers associated with global warming. Now Gore is releasing another film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” which further stresses the dangers we face should we refuse to adopt greener policies moving forward. The documentary comes out in July, and is being updated to include the latest developments regarding Trump’s decision to leave the Paris accord.
Gore stated in an interview with George Stephanopoulus that this move on Trump’s part will ultimately alienate the U.S. from the rest of the world as far as climate is concerned.
“The rest of the world is moving forward. President Trump isolated the United States with his reckless and indefensible decision,” he stated.
The former vice president also underscored the economic consequences of America remaining on the sidelines during this shift towards renewable energy.
“The renewable energy sector and the sustainability revolution are the brightest spot for economic growth and prosperity in this country,” Gore told Stephanopoulus.
And in a conversation with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Gore decried Trump’s commitment to coal, explaining that the energy source was becoming more and more obsolete in modern times.
“Promising to recreate the 19th century is not a visionary strategy for a successful 21st century,” he said.
After Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, Gore met with both Trump and his daughter Ivanka to discuss the detrimental impact of climate change on the planet.
As he stated to CNN after Trump announced his decision on the Paris Agreement, “I thought that he would come to his senses on it, but he didn’t.”
Though Trump has been relatively guarded about his beliefs on climate change, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, affirmed that the president does indeed believe that the world is getting hotter, and that human activities are to blame.
“President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation,” Haley revealed in an interview on Saturday.
She went on to state that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement does not influence the United State’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact.
“Just because the US got out of a club doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment,” she said, citing that the agreement would have been disadvantageous to American businesses.
But Gore pointed out that the Trump administration is “confused and tongue-tied” about the climate crisis since “the truth is still inconvenient for the large carbon polluters, and they don’t want to stop polluting the atmosphere. It interferes with their business plan.”
Yet the former vice president is nonetheless hopeful that Americans will unite together on this issue of combating climate change. And he mentioned that, in spite of Trump’s announcement, people are already taking the initiative to fight back against environmental degradation.
“We’re now seeing governors and mayors and businesses and civic leaders really beginning to move regardless of what the White House says,” Gore stated. “The American people are going to provide leadership, even if President Trump will not.”
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