Former Vice President Al Gore warned that President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement would likely lead to the end of the world, The Washington Times reported Sunday.
Gore told ABC's "This Week" that watching daily weather reports was like taking a hike through "the Book of Revelations."
"It's not just the scientific community warning us now, it's Mother Nature. Every night on the TV news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelations," Gore said.
Gore claimed Trump's decision was based on the effect it would have on businesses and that his administration lacked clarity in explaining their view on climate change.
"The administration comes off as tongue-tied and confused about the climate crisis because the truth is still inconvenient for the large carbon polluters and they don't want to stop the polluting of the atmosphere — it interferes with their business plan," he said.
Trump said he pulled out of the Paris agreement because it was a bad deal that imposed undue burdens on the U.S. that would harm the economy.
Gore maintained that Americans, however, would continue to pursue efforts alongside other countries to reduce impacts on the climate despite the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate pact.
"We have to move faster. It's good news that the rest of the world is," he said. "It's good news that states and cities and businesses are, but we need leadership. Since he's not going to lead, the American people will."
Gore has been a longtime proponent of spreading information about climate change, and his efforts have been chronicled in two documentaries, "An Inconvenient Truth" and the upcoming "An Inconvenient Sequel."
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