Gore: Rubio was ‘pitiful’ choice to deliver State of the Union response

Al GoreAl GoreTrump's EPA pick will make Obama regret his environmental overreach Trump’s popularity spikes, but lags behind past presidents Overnight Energy: Trump taps EPA foe to head agency | Energy reform bill officially dead MORE said Republicans made a “pitiful” decision to have Sen. Marco RubioMarco Rubio House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms Fight over water bill heats up in Senate MORE (R-Fla.) deliver the GOP rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“For them to put on a response to this constitutionally mandated State of the Union address, and have it come from somebody who says that global warming isn't real, is pitiful,” said Gore, the former vice president, in an interview with SiriusXM.

“And it is dangerous, because we need both of our major political parties to operate on the basis of fact, and not be told what is acceptable to believe by big polluters,” Gore added during the videotaped “town hall” interview that’s airing Thursday.

Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential contender, delivered the GOP response to Obama’s Feb. 12 address, a speech in which Obama vowed new executive measures on climate change if Congress doesn’t act

“When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can't control the weather, he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air,” Rubio said.

Gore has been on a media blitz to promote his new book “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.”