Al Gore: Living In Trump Era Is A "Nature Hike Through The Book Of Revelation"

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Former Vice President Al Gore slammed new EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Monday for his claim last week that carbon emissions aren’t the primary cause of global warming. “It’s an obviously false assertion,” Gore told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff.

"We are seeing every night on the television news now a nature hike through the Book of Revelation," the former VP said. "These climate-related extreme weather events have convinced the vast majority of people that the scientists have been right for a long time. We have to address this."

He added: "Putting someone in the EPA who denies even the most basic scientific truth about this, you know, it’s — the old cliches are, you can say the Earth is flat, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to fall off the edge."

JUDY WOODRUFF: What is your take on the man the president chose to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who, by the way, just last week said he doesn’t agree that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to climate change?

(LAUGHTER)

AL GORE: I know.

And that’s a perfect example of the problem that I’m describing in “The Assault on Reason.” Again, at some point, a false belief collides with physical reality.

We are seeing every night on the television news now a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. These climate-related extreme weather events have convinced the vast majority of people that the scientists have been right for a long time. We have to address this.

But putting someone in the EPA who denies even the most basic scientific truth about this, you know, it’s — the old cliches are, you can say the Earth is flat, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to fall off the edge.

JUDY WOODRUFF: You’re saying the news media can do its job and not be accused on a regular basis of being fake news, as this president does?

AL GORE: Yes, fake news has been around as long as news has been around.

But, again, the issue is, how vulnerable are we to it? How can the immune system of democracy, which is not only the news media, but also the free speech we all enjoy and the way we make decisions collectively, how can that better protect us against blatant untruths that are repeated over and over again?

JUDY WOODRUFF: Are you continuing to have conversations with President Trump?

AL GORE: Well, I’m not talking about any dialogue with him, direct or indirect.

I hope that our country remains in the Paris agreement. But we face a climate crisis now that is the most serious challenge our civilization has ever confronted. And the greatest country in the world has to remain a part of this unprecedented global agreement to deal with it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And you’re telling him that?

AL GORE: Well, again, I’m not commenting on my communications, because I want to have more.

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