Gore warns exit from Paris deal risks global ‘weather apoc­a­lypse’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — S.A. Miller

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore said Sun­day that Pres­i­dent Trump ig­nored science and Mother Na­ture in pulling out of the Paris cli­mate change ac­cord, say­ing that nightly news re­ports re­sem­ble “a na­ture hike through the Book of Rev­e­la­tions.”

That helps ex­plain the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s clumsy ex­pla­na­tion for the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to exit the agree­ment, said Mr. Gore, who is chair­man of the Cli­mate Re­al­ity Project and a lead­ing ad­vo­cate for re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion comes off as tongue-tied and con­fused about the cli­mate cri­sis be­cause the truth is still in­con­ve­nient for the large car­bon pol­luters and they don’t want to stop the pol­lut­ing of the at­mos­phere — it in­ter­feres with their busi­ness plan,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mr. Trump said last week that he was pulling out of the Obama-era agree­ment with nearly 200 other na­tions be­cause it was a bad deal, im­pos­ing bur­dens on the U.S. that would harm the econ­omy while ex­cus­ing other coun­tries that are top pol­luters, in­clud­ing In­dia and China.

“It’s not just the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity warn­ing us now, it’s Mother Na­ture. Ev­ery night on TV news is like a na­ture hike through the Book of Rev­e­la­tions,” Mr. Gore said.

EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt de­fended Mr. Trump on “Fox News Sun­day.”

“We have noth­ing to be apolo­getic about as a coun­try with re­spect to what we’ve done in re­duc­ing our C02 foot­print,” Mr. Pruitt said.

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