Al Gore lectures Republicans on climate change. In an interview with MSNBC, former Vice President Al Gore has said that Republican candidates are in denial about the realities of global warming.
“It’s astonishing on one level and it’s sad for our country because this is the biggest challenge we face,”
Gore claimed when asked about the issues concerning GOP candidates for the White House.
The one-time Presidential contender has argued that the issue of climate change should not be up for debate. He believes it should transcend politics and be used to gather bipartisan support.
Gore has argued that the United States is the only country lacking general consensus on the issue and condemned the GOP as a whole for being the only major party to still deny the realities of the matter. Conversely, the former Vice President has praised Democratic candidates for opposing the Keystone oil pipeline.
Gore has stated that working towards combating the effects of global warming will also considerably help improve the economy. He went on to say that “millions of new jobs” can be created if a proper system is put in place for
“installing solar panels on our roofs and putting new LEDs and better windows and insulation.”
For the past 18 months, Al Gore has been training over 5,000 people in several institutions to raise awareness about the effects and long-term consequences of climate change. He has also presented an extended, updated version of his Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth in order to properly highlight the destructive effects of burning fossil fuel.
The new extended version of the documentary focuses on several effects of global warming as witnessed across the world. These include floodwaters deteriorating roads and bridges, rising methane levels in Siberia and the alleged decrease in life expectancy in China due to air pollution.
During the same interview with MSNBC, the former Vice President has also voiced concerns about democracy in America. “American democracy has been hacked – it is no longer operating the way it is intended to operate,” he argued.
Some believed this would be his indirect announcement to seek the Democratic bid for the White House by addressing wider issues other than climate change. However, Gore has firmly denied this, claiming he is now “a recovering politician” seeking to go as long as possible without a ‘relapse.’ He has reaffirmed his commitment to activism outside the political realm, giving focus to the upcoming Paris summit on climate change.
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