Albert Arnold Gore Jr, an American politician, businessman, and environmentalist, talked about climate-related issues. However, are his claims about climate action true?
Albert Arnold Gore Jr served as the 45th vice president of the United States under President Bill Clinton. During the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos, Switzerland, Al Gore slammed the influence of oil and gas interests at the annual U.N. climate conference.
Al Gore said that fossil fuel industries were responsible for stifling pro-climate legislation in the United States. He said that he was concerned about the moves by some countries to increase fossil fuel output. He demanded energy companies stop new oil, gas and coal projects.
He is a key figure in the US combating climate change. However, his track record cannot be taken seriously when it comes to climate action. Several scientists have repeatedly criticised Gore over his portrayal of global warming. They criticised Al Gore for exaggerating scientific assessments and predictions about global warming and climate change. In 2007, in an article in the New York Times, columnist William J. Broad cited several scientists who criticised Gore’s portrayal of global warming where he said that a terrible catastrophe would cause soaring temperatures. However, none of those predictions made by Gore has come true.
Last year, Al Gore said that 75% of the world’s greenhouse emissions came from countries that made pledges to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
Speaking about climate change in an interview in 2018, Gore said, “We have a global emergency.” Referring to the UN climate report, Gore said that global warming could actually extend to an existential threat to human civilisation. However, scientists said that imminent climate change problems began to appear regularly.
Earlier, he criticised former US President Obama over his leadership on climate change. He said that Obama was too passive on climate change.