Former Vice President Al Gore compared climate change deniers to law enforcement officials in Uvalde, Texas, to argue that “inaction” harms future generations in an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“You know the climate deniers are in some ways similar to all those nearly 400 law enforcement officers in Uvalde, Texas, waiting outside an unlocked door while the children were being massacred. They heard the screams, they heard the gunshots and no one stepped forward,” said Gore, the environmentalist who served as vice president in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001.
While most “active gunman” attacks in the US end within minutes, the attack on the children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde lasted an hour – the time police waited for reinforcements rather than remove the gunman who Killed 19 children and two teachers.
“God bless the families who have suffered so much,” Gore, 74, said Saturday in a taped interview due for release Sunday, “and law enforcement officials are telling us this is not typical of what.” law enforcement usually do.”
Nor is the nation’s response to climate change rational, he continued.
Climate emergencies are unfolding in most parts of the world. Areas in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia are smoldering in extreme heat, with record-breaking temperatures baking out regions of the world already grappling with wildfires and severe drought. Almost 2,000 have already died in this heat wave in Spain and Portugal.
While the UK this month set a new temporary record of 104.5F, surpassing its previous high of 101.6F set just three years ago, wildfires and record-breaking heat in North Africa have devastated the country’s grain harvest.
“In the face of this global emergency, what we are doing with our inaction and failure to step through the door and stop the killing is not typical of what we are capable of as human beings,” said Gore, creator of the 2006 The Academy Award-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Recent extreme weather events “getting worse and more severe are really starting to change minds.”
Some Republicans recognize the impact of climate change, and others have dismissed proposals to tackle climate change as unrealistic and unaffordable. This month, climate legislation fell apart in Congress after Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., a key voice, said he would not support it unless data in the coming months show an improvement in inflation. The collapse of those efforts, which have already been scaled back multiple times, was the latest, potentially deadly blow to President Joe Biden’s climate and emissions-cutting agenda.
And the government is now warning that its office created in Biden’s first year in office to deal with the health effects of climate change has no money.
“We have the solutions and I think these extreme events, which are getting worse and more severe, are really starting to change minds. We need to have unity as a nation, come together and stop making this a political football. It shouldn’t be a partisan affair,” Gore said. “We need to unite as a nation and stop making this a political football.”
“It shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”
Christina Zhao contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/al-gore-compares-climate-deniers-uvalde-law-enforcement-officers-nobod-rcna39707 Al Gore compares climate deniers to Uvalde police officers: ‘Nobody stepped forward’