Former Vice President Al Gore suggested Monday night that the Trump administration has not done as much to hurt the environment as he previously thought.
“[Trump] has had less of an impact so far than I feared that he would,” Gore told Associated Press reporters. “Someone said last year his administration is a blend of malevolence and incompetence.”
The bumbling helped blunt the president’s agenda, according to the former VP-turned-climate activist.
Gore also expressed optimism that public opposition to President Donald Trump’s environmental agenda will help stymie more regulatory rollbacks.
“It’s hard for one person, even the president, to change things very quickly if the majority of American people don’t want them changed,” he said.
Gore personally asked Trump to stay in the Paris Agreement, a non-binding deal former President Barack Obama signed in 2015 requiring the U.S. to drastically reduce greenhouse gasses. (RELATED: Trump Announces US Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accord)
He praised the Paris Agreement when it was first announced in 2015, calling it “a bold and historic agreement.” But Gore’s pleas fell on deaf ears — Trump ultimately left the deal in June 2017 after months of speculation.
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