Al Gore: Trump climate moves ‘a shame’

Al Gore: Trump climate moves ‘a shame’
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Former Vice President Al GoreAl GoreTrump’s isolationism on full display at international climate talks Overnight Energy: Trump officials defend fossil fuels, nuclear at UN climate summit | Dems commit to Paris goals | Ex-EPA lawyers slam 'sue and settle' policy Al Gore: A new president in 2020 could keep US in Paris agreement MORE says President Trump’s climate change policies are “a shame."

“With the right kinds of policies we could move even faster on these issues,” Gore told Entertainment Weekly Wednesday.

“So it’s a shame that the current administration is trying to slow down the progress because they are beholden to the large carbon polluters,” the former presidential candidate added.

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“The current administration seems hell-bent on pulling out of Paris Agreement and eliminating [Environmental Protection Agency] programs. It’s a shame.”

Gore added he believes that the momentum is ultimately with activists working to reverse climate change.

“But we’re still in a moment that’s pregnant with the possibility for great change. And I’m completely convinced we’re going to win this.”

Trump’s administration is considering backing out of the Paris climate deal, an international pact aimed at cutting global greenhouse gas emissions.

A group of tech and utilities companies sent Trump a letter Wednesday urging him to stay in the deal, which was negotiated during the Obama administration.

“We believe that as other countries invest in advanced technologies and move forward with the Paris agreement, the United States can best exercise global leadership and advance U.S. interests by remaining a full partner in this global effort,” they wrote.

Signatories on Wednesday’s letter included BP, Shell, Google and Microsoft, as well as other major companies.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a long-time critic of the EPA in his previous position as Oklahoma's attorney general, was confirmed in February despite fierce opposition from environmental advocates.

Pruitt stirred controversy last month by saying he does not believe that carbon emissions caused by humans are a primary contributor to climate change.

Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that carbon-dioxide emissions are a major factor in the phenomenon.