By: Pat Prescott
Published: Jun 23, 2021

Al Gore Upset With Obama Over Global Warming Issue

Former Vice President, Al Gore, in an Essay he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, bashes current President Obama for his lack of action on global warming. The environmental advocate calls Obama’s approach to the issue as, “failed”. And it now has The White House trying to defend its record on climate change.

“President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change,” Gore wrote in the “Rolling Stone” article published online. “After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding.”

“Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis,” Gore says. “He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community … to bring the reality of the science before the public.”

“Without presidential leadership that focuses intensely on making the public aware of the reality we face, nothing will change,” Gore added.

In response, White House official Clark Stevens outlined a number of policies the administration implemented in the last two years, including investments in clean energy through the Recovery Act that set “aggressive new joint fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and trucks,” reducing greenhouse gas emissions by “960 metric tons.”

As recently as April, at a Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco, Obama said he was “not finished when it comes to energy.” Mentioning the climate deniers in Congress, Obama said, “Unless we are able to move forward in a serious way on clean energy, we’re putting our children and grandchildren at risk.”

Gore is a founder and current chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection. In 2007 he won a Nobel Peace Prize together with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also starred in the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007 and wrote the book An Inconvenient Truth both about climate change.

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