Al Gore warned Texans on Monday that global warming will lead to more Hurricane Harveys in coming years – but he urged them not to be discouraged.
Change, he said, can be made.
“We have to realize how big this thing is,” Gore said. “We have got to change.”
Gore, a former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, spoke Monday night at Rice University about climate change and the role it plays in major storms, such as Harvey. The speech comes just a few months after the release of his new climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Gore’s first climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” was released about 10 years ago and won an Oscar.
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Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25, pummeling South Texas with feet of rain and biting wind. The storm was one of the worst in U.S. history. And that, largely, has to do with climate change, Gore said.
A large problem is carbon dioxide releases, he said, which mostly come from fossil fuels.
“We can’t treat the world like an open sewer,” said Gore, the 2000 Democratic presidential candidate. “Every day we’re dumping 110 million tons of CO2 in the sky, and it traps heat.”