Climate deniers are like Uvalde police: Al Gore
Al Gore, the former vice president, contrasted those who deny climate change’s existence to the Uvalde police officers who did nothing when a gunman opened fire on a group of 21 youngsters and teachers, stating, “They heard the screams, they heard the gunshots, and nobody stepped forward.”
“The climate deniers are really in some ways similar to all of those almost 400 law enforcement officers in Uvalde, Texas, who were waiting outside an unlocked door while the children were being massacred,” Gore said “Meet the Press.” “They heard the screams, they heard the gunshots, and nobody stepped forward.”
“And God bless those families who’ve suffered so much. And law enforcement officials tell us that’s not typical of what law enforcement usually does. And confronted with this global emergency, what we’re doing with our inaction and failing to walk through the door and stop the killing, is not typical of what we are capable of as human beings. We do have the solutions,” Gore explained
Acknowledging the difficulties Congress faces in dealing with the issue, Gore lauded President Biden’s efforts to combat climate change but stated that meaningful change can only come when the House and Senate work together.
“Public sentiment is changing, but our democracy is broken and in order to solve the climate crisis we’re going to have to pay attention to the democracy crisis,” he said.
Joe Biden’s announcement this week to restart the offshore wind industry in America is a welcome development, and I applaud his efforts to reverse some of the damage done by the Trump administration,” the former vice president said, adding that Biden has taken other small steps to reverse some of the damage done by Trump’s administration. The bold changes that are genuinely required will only be taken if Congress acts.
According to Gore, the executive branch may take additional action without waiting for Congress, including halting drilling on public land, appointing a new head of the World Bank, and stopping Vice President Biden from signing new drilling permits.
Biden is under pressure from climate activists to issue an emergency climate declaration, but Gore said on ABC’s “This Week” that “Well mother nature has already declared it a global emergency and I’ll leave it to others to parse the pros and cons of what an emergency declaration would lead to.”
More politicians should emphasise climate change in their platforms, he said on Sunday.
When asked by Chuck Todd of NBC if he would consider running for president on a climate change platform, he replied, “Thank you for making the suggestion, But, you know, I’m a recovering politician and the longer I go without a relapse, the less likely one becomes.”