Former Vice President Al Gore says critics of his global warming warnings are part of a "massive, organized campaign."
Appearing on the Norwegian talk show “Skavlan” to promote his newest book "Our Choice," Gore said:
“There has been a very large, organized campaign to try to convince people that it [global warming] is not real, to try to convince people that they shouldn't worry about it.
"In my country, the oil and coal companies spent $500 million last year just on television advertising just on these questions. There are now five anti-climate lobbyists on Capitol Hill in Washington for every member of the House and Senate. So it's been a very massive, organized campaign."
Gore was asked if it's "quite different to be Al Gore today” compared to three years ago, before people started to lose interest in the climate issue and before heavy criticism of his global warming warnings.
“It doesn't feel different,” said Gore. “It feels like the same struggle. There is still a massive movement worldwide to respond to the climate crisis. It would be an enormous relief if the recent criticism of the science actually meant that there wasn't a crisis. Unfortunately there is. We're still putting 90 million tons of global warming pollution every day into the atmosphere, as if it's an open sewer."
Also during the interview:
- Gore rejected any allegation that he's a "carbon billionaire." "I wish that were true – it's not," he said, adding that he's been fortunate in the business world since losing the race for president in 2000.
- Gore denied that receiving too much praise for his efforts was a problem, or made him more vulnerable. "I don't feel it is, because there's been plenty of blame as well as praise," he said.
- Gore said he still has a long ways to go in his effort to educate the world about climate change. "I have thus far failed, and our world has thus fair failed to respond adequately to this crisis," he said.
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