Former Vice President Al Gore may “declare victory” in the global warming debate if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins the election this year, says The Weather Channel’s founder.
“This election may be a ‘tipping point’ in the climate debate,” John Coleman, Weather Channel founder and veteran meteorologist, told the news site Climate Depot in an interview.
Coleman isn’t saying Gore will win the scientific argument on global warming, but argues a Clinton victory in November will mean voters (either intentionally or unintentionally) will have chosen four to eight more years of federal global warming regulations.
“Climate change, a scientific issue, has now totally become a political issue,” Coleman said. “As a result, we skeptical climate scientists are perhaps about to be handed a major defeat in the climate debate.”
“Al Gore may emerge from the shadows to declare victory in the ‘global warming’ debate if Hillary Clinton moves into the White House,” Coleman said. “Yes, if that happens and the new climate regulations become the law of the land, they will be next to impossible to overturn for four to eight years.”
Coleman, a noted global warming skeptic, is referring to the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and other federal regulations to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. CPP, one of the biggest global warming rules, would force power plants to close if they can’t meet strict carbon dioxide emissions standards.
Clinton has put forward plans to build on President Barack Obama’s climate regulations. She promised to build half a billion solar panels by the end of her first term in office. She’s also promised to power every U.S. home with green energy.
“President Obama imposed the UN climate agreement on the United States without Senate ratification,” Coleman said. “Then the President’s Environmental Protection Agency implemented climate rules without a single vote of Congress. If the next President does not overturn these regulations, U.S. citizens will suffer the consequences as energy prices soar over the next eight years.”
The Democrat 2016 platform calls for mobilizing countries “on a scale not seen since World War II” to fight global warming.
“We believe the United States must lead in forging a robust global solution to the climate crisis,” the platform reads.
“In the first 100 days of the next administration, the President will convene a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists, and indigenous communities to chart a course to solve the climate crisis,” the platform reads. “Our generation must lead the fight against climate change and we applaud President Obama’s leadership in forging the historic Paris climate change agreement.”
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