The Trump administration’s environmental policies have not affected the climate as much as previously expected, former Vice President Al Gore admitted on Monday. Gore was in North Carolina both Sunday and Monday to speak on behalf of the Poor People’s Campaign, which names “ecological devastation” as one of the problems hurting poor people.
“He [President Trump] has had less of an impact so far than I feared that he would. Someone said last year his administration is a blend of malevolence and incompetence,” Gore told the Associated Press. “I think they’ve made some mistakes in some of the moves they’ve made. The courts have blocked some of what they wanted to do as a result.”
Gore cited the Paris Climate Accord as one example of the Trump administration failing to change environmental rules as quickly as it might want. While the United States withdrew from the accord, he says the first date that can become official is the day after the 2020 presidential election. “If there’s a new president — excuse me for a moment,” Gore said as he placed his hands together as if in prayer, “then a new president could simply give 30 days’ notice, and we’re right back in the Paris agreement.”
Gore made international headlines in July for giving high praise to the Vatican for “leading the world to commit to addressing the climate crisis ahead of the Paris Agreement.”
“The Pope is a model for leaders of other faith traditions to communicate the dangers posed by the climate crisis and our duty as stewards of God’s creation to solve it,” Gore added.