Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gore: Trump Has Isolated Himself From Majority On Climate

By Olivia Beavers
The Hill
August 2, 2017

Former Vice President Al Gore on Monday claimed President Trump has "isolated" himself from the majority of Americans who believe in the threat of climate change.

"A plurality of Trump supporters believe that he should've stayed in Paris so I think that he has in some ways isolated himself from the overwhelming majority of public opinion in the country as a whole," Gore said during a CNN town hall event hosted by Anderson Cooper, referring to the international climate deal Trump pulled out of earlier this year.

Gore said many of the president's supporters likely voted for Trump for his other key campaign promises, but not for climate.

"Well I think that he was elected for a lot of other reasons and surely some who agree with his decision on climate voted for him for that reason, but most, I think, had other reasons," Gore said in part. "And now, two-thirds of the American people including a majority of Republicans believe we should've stayed in the climate agreement at Paris and believe it is a serious problem that we need to address."

Gore has been promoting his new documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which was released on Friday. The former lawmaker has also remained publicly critical of the president for his policies on climate.

"Although he is president, he does not speak for the country on this issue, and that was vividly illustrated in the aftermath of his speech pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement," he told Business Insider in an interview last month.

Trump's controversial decision to pull out of the agreement made the U.S. an outlier among the world's nations, nearly all of which support the climate change accord, pledging to lower their countries' greenhouse gas emissions.

Gore's new film follows his efforts in 2015 to get global leaders to support the Paris Agreement, which became the first global climate accord to include nearly 200 nations.


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