Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday compared climate crisis deniers to police officers in Uvalde who did nothing as 21 schoolchildren and teachers were gunned down in their classrooms, saying: ‘They heard the screams, they heard the gunshots and no one walked forward.”
“Climate deniers are really in some ways similar to all those nearly 400 law enforcement officers in Uvalde, Texas, who waited outside an unlocked door while children were slaughtered,” Gore told “ Meet the Press” from NBC. “They heard the screams, they heard the gunshots, and no one came forward.”
“And God bless these families who have suffered so much. And law enforcement officials tell us that’s not typical of what law enforcement usually does. And in the face of this global emergency, what we are doing with our inaction and our inability to walk through the door and stop the slaughter, is not typical of what we are capable of as human beings. We have the solutions,” Gore added.
Gore, who has long been sounding the alarm on climate change, praised President Joe Biden for the steps he has taken to address the crisis, but said real change will require action from Congress. , which he acknowledged is unlikely given the legislative hurdles.
“Public sentiment is changing, but our democracy is broken and to solve the climate crisis we are going to have to pay attention to the crisis of democracy,” he said.
“I welcome (Biden’s) announcement this week to revive the offshore wind industry in the United States,” the former vice president said, adding that Biden had taken other small steps to reverse some damage to efforts. the Trump administration’s fight against climate change. “But he needs action from Congress to take the bold steps that are really needed.”
In a separate interview on Sunday, Gore outlined more specific steps he thinks the executive branch could take without waiting for Congress, saying the Environmental Protection Agency could take other steps, which Biden could stop. to approve more drilling on public lands and that he could appoint a new leader. of the World Bank.
On whether Biden should heed suggestions from climate activists urging him to declare a national climate emergency, Gore told ABC’s “This Week,” “Well, mother nature has already declared it a global emergency and I will leave it to others to analyze the pros and cons of what a declaration of emergency would lead to.
He also said on Sunday that he would like to see more politicians put climate change at the heart of their campaign platforms.
“Thank you for making the suggestion,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd when asked if he would consider running for president on a climate agenda. “But, you know, I’m a recovering politician and the longer I go relapse-free, the less risk there is.”