By Mario Trujillo - 09/20/13 03:34 PM EDT
Former Vice President Gore blasted Congress Friday as “intransigent and inactive” while applauding new Environment Protection Agency regulations meant to combat climate change.
But Gore said Congress would soon have to come to terms with global warming after blocking past efforts at legislation.
“Congress must also soon face the reality of the situation,” he said.
The new rules rolled out Friday by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyHow Congress got to yes on toxic chemical reform Overnight Energy: Labor rift opens over green mega-donor GOP: EPA is violating court hold on climate rule MORE are part of a broader package of environmental proposals President Obama pushed in a June speech.
Opponents of the new regulations have said the price of the new technology would effectively rule out the construction of new coal power plants. The EPA is expected to issue regulations for existing plants next year.
Gore took Congress to task for not approving a cap-and-trade bill in 2010 and again said the United States needs to set a price on carbon emissions, blaming Superstorm Sandy, wildfires and droughts on global warming.
“Three years ago, Congress failed to put a price on carbon and, in doing so, allowed global warming pollution to continue unabated,” he said. “We have seen the disturbing consequences that the climate crisis has to offer.”