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Al Gore: Mother Nature Has Already Declared A ‘Global Emergency’ On Climate

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Former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday that even when President Joe Biden hesitated on declaring a national emergency to handle climate change, Mother Nature had already done so and the planet was feeling the results of a warming world with dire consequences.

Gore made the comments on ABC’s “This Week,” telling host Jonathan Karl shattered heat records, Antarctic ice melt and the continuing devastation of drought, flooding and wildfires were hitting the world “hard” and with immediate effect.

“We’re seeing this global emergency play out and it’s getting worse more quickly than was predicted,” Gore said Sunday. “This ought to be a moment for a world epiphany and the voters and the publics in countries world wide must put so much more pressure on their political leaders.”

“Don’t forget,” he continued, “the incontrovertible fact that all 50 of the Republican senators have been against doing anything on climate, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the American people want it.”

Gore went on to say the planet had been using “our atmosphere as an open sewer,” spewing a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of tons of carbon emissions into the environment day by day. Karl pointed to the recent surge in gas prices, saying Biden had been challenged in his effort to handle climate change. But Gore pressed back, saying people had confused the short-term advantages of fossil fuels on the expense of long-term harms.

“That’s why the warmth records are being broken on a regular basis,” Gore said. “That’s why the storms are stronger, why the ice is melting and the ocean levels are rising, and why the droughts and fires are hitting us so hard and so many other consequences. They usually’re predicting now as much as a billion climate refugees crossing international borders on this century. We’ve got to act.”

Biden stopped in need of declaring a proper national emergency to handle climate change last week after Democrats were stymied by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) of their hopes to pass meaningful climate laws. The president said climate change was, indeed, an emergency, but unveiled a package of modest executive actions as an alternative.

“Climate change is literally an existential threat to our nation and to the world,” Biden said last week. “That is an emergency, an emergency, and I’ll take a look at it that way.”

Many progressive Democrats and environmentalists, nonetheless, have called on the White House to take more decisive motion. Declaring a proper emergency could allow Biden to reinstate a ban on crude oil exports, which could substantially limit greenhouse gas emissions, or halt recent oil and gas drilling in federal waters, each significant moves climate activists have called for for years.

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