Gore made the prediction during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper.
“We still have the ability to seize control of our destiny,” he said. “If we stop adding to the overburden of these greenhouse gas pollutants in the sky, if we reach what they call true net zero and stop adding to the heat-trapping capacity up there, the temperatures will stop going up right away. And if we stay at true net zero, half of the human-caused greenhouse pollution will fall out of the atmosphere in as little as 25 to 30 years.”
Gore said that “solar electricity and wind electricity” were the solutions to the so-called “climate crisis,” but made no mention of nuclear energy.
“We can do this if we just overcome the greed and political power of the big fossil fuel polluters, who’ve been trying to control this process,” he claimed. “We have to make a decision to get past fossil fuels and start accelerating the shift over to renewable energy and efficiency.”
“The scientists who warned us of these megastorms, and the floods, and mudslides, and droughts, and the ice melting, and the sea level rising, and the storms getting stronger, and the tropical diseases, and climate migrants crossing international borders in larger numbers, they were dead right when they warned us about this,” he claimed. “And so we need to pay more attention to them now. Here’s one thing they say. If we don’t take action, there could be as many as one billion climate refugees crossing international borders in the next several decades.”
“The good news is we can reclaim control of our destiny,” Gore, who has long warned of the dangers of climate change, said on “State of the Union” in an interview that aired Sunday.
“We have the ability to do this,” Gore said, adding: “And it’s not impractical,” citing solar power, wind power and electric vehicles.
“We can do this,” he told host Jake Tapper, “if we just overcome the greed and political power of the big fossil fuel polluters who have been trying to control this process. It’s time for people at the grassroots level in every country to speak up, and the good news is, that’s happening too. “
Sunday’s episode of “State of the Union” focused on 2023 as a year of record-setting temperatures and natural disasters. Gore made it clear that humans still have to choose the right course and follow it to fix the planet or face grave consequences.
“If we don’t take action, there could be as many as one billion climate refugees crossing international borders in the next several decades,” he said. “Well, a few million has contributed to this wave of populist authoritarianism and dictatorships and so forth. What would one billion do? We can’t do this. We could lose our capacity for self-governance. “