Former Vice President Al Gore told his followers Wednesday that he is hopeful a Donald Trump presidency will consider environmentalists’ concerns about global warming.
“Last night President-elect Trump said he wanted to be a president for all Americans. In that spirit, I hope that he will work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation,” Gore wrote on the website Climate Reality.
He also floated the idea that Trump may surprise his legion of climate change warriors — “there is reason to believe that it is not naive or Pollyannaish to hope for more than what we fear.”
Gore used his global warming credentials in September to rally millennials around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign. The former secretary of state struggled throughout the primary election, and most of the general election, to gain traction with younger voters.
“I particularly urge anyone who is concerned about the climate crisis, sees it as the kind of priority that I see it as, to look at the sharp contrast between the solar plan that Secretary Clinton has put forward, and her stated commitment to support the Clean Power Plan, and the contrast between what she has said and is proposing with the statements of the Republican nominee, which give me great concern,” Gore told reporters in August.
He also admonished his legion of followers to vote like Earth’s life depended on it.
“Your decision in the ballot box will decide the future of the climate balance here on Earth,” Gore told Clinton supporters in Colorado prior to Clinton’s Election Day defeat.
And now, Gore is considering hedging his bets since Trump is set to take the Oval Office.
Businesses, investors and governments at all levels succeed because committed activists are creating solutions to the climate crisis that are “not just vital to our planet, but are vital to our economy,” the politician turned environmentalist wrote on Climate Reality.
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