Al Gore: Trump's Tweets won't help

Former US presidential candidate unfazed about US intention to pull out of Paris Climate Accord.

Tal Polon ,

Al Gore
Al Gore
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Former Vice President and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore said that he is not excited over US President Donald Trump’s intentions to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris Accord, which calls on countries to take steps to curb carbon dioxide emissions and fight global warming, warning that Tweets alone will not solve anything.

Trump expressed skepticism about the notion of global warming in dozens of Tweets before his presidency, calling it a “canard.” In June, he announced that the US would pull out of the accord, citing the unfair burden it placed on the US.

“I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens,” Trump said at the time. “The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers -- who I love -- and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.”

On Monday, Nicaragua announced it would join the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States and Syria as the only nations not to be part of the global pact.

Gore, who has made fighting global warming his top priority since his failed presidential run in 2000, told Yediot Aharonot that he was unfazed about a US withdrawal from the agreement.

“All of Trump’s Tweets won’t help,” he said. “The train has already left the station. All the countries of the world have already declared that they will continue to hold by the agreement.”

“I feel it burning deep in my bones,” he described. “If we don’t solve the climate threat, it will threaten the future of humanity. The pollution in our skies contains a quantity of heat equal to 400 thousand nuclear explosions the size of [the blast] in Hiroshima.”




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