Flashback 1992: Gore was for ‘clean coal’ before he was against ‘clean coal’ – ‘We should be taking the lead in the development of clean coal technologies’
Flashback 1992: Gore: “We should be taking the lead in the development of clean coal technologies…So we are going to be using coal for a very long time. And Neither Kentucky nor Tennessee needs to have much concern about that. The question is how we can use it more efficiently, how we can create jobs in the process in the process of developing the new technologies that enable us to continue using it well.”
Watch 1992 video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4724029/al-gore-clean-coal – Senate Foreign Relations Committee – September 18, 1992 – The committee heard testimony on the United Nations treaty on global warming that was agreed upon at the recent Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sen. Gore, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, was involved in the Earth Summit and is the author of a book on the environment.
But Gore has since changed his tune on “clean coal.”
Flashback 2008: Al Gore: ‘Clean Coal’s Like Healthy Cigarettes‘: – Sep 28, 2008 – At the Clinton Global Initiative, Al Gore ripped apart “clean coal,” the coal industry catch-all propaganda term for advanced coal technologies, both existing ones that reduce traditional pollutants and developmental ones, like carbon capture and sequestration.
Gore was asked by Bill Clinton, “Do you believe that the current economic difficulties will make it harder or easier to pass good climate legislation?” Here’s Gore’s answer:
For the first time in all of human history, we, as a species, have to make adecision. If we make the right decision then the answer to the question you asked is, the economic crisis can provide an opportunity to make the right kind of changes.
What should we do? We should stop burning coal . . . without sequestering the CO2. The coal and oil companies have spent in the United States alone a half a billion dollars in the first eight months of this year promoting a lie that there is such a thing as “clean coal.” Clean coal’s like healthy cigarettes — it does not exist. It could theoretically exist. The only demonstration plant was canceled. How many, how many such plants are there? Zero. How many blueprints? Zero.
Flashback 2008: Al Gore leads new ‘Reality’ Coalition to debunk ‘clean coal’ myth – Dec 4, 2008 – Today, Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, the League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club launched the “Reality” Coalition, a national grassroots and advertising effort to tell a simple truth: there is no such thing as “clean coal.