Friday during an interview on “PBS NewsHour,” former Vice President Al Gore said President Donald Trump’s approach to climate change in light of the United Nations’ new report on the potentially devastating effects of a warming climate was “literally insane.”
Partial transcript as follows:
WOODRUFF: When it comes to political reaction, the president, President Trump, people in his administration, don’t seem to be taking this new U.N. report very seriously. The president said something like ‘I can give you reports that are fabulous, I can give you some that aren’t so good.’ He and the people around him are saying, we’re mostly focused on the economy, and what we are doing rolling back those regulations, environmental regulations that have hurt our economy and slowed down business in this country.
GORE: Well, his proposal is literally insane, and his reaction to the scientific community’s warnings is an outlier reaction. It’s making the U.S. come off like a rogue nation and being different from any other nation in the entire world. And, of course, everybody knows it’s because the large carbon polluters are his buddies and he wants to use them as a way of signaling to ultra conservatives that he doesn’t care about what the truth of the matter is.