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Al Gore endorses Biden for president

Al Gore endorses Biden for president

Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain Al Gore lobbied Biden to not scale back climate plans in infrastructure deal MORE (D) endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE's (D) presidential candidacy on Wednesday during a climate change-focused livestream discussion on Earth Day. 

"We need policy changes, and that means we need to change some of the policymakers, particularly the one in the White House," Gore said. 

He added that he would tell an undecided voter, "This is the most consequential choice in a presidential election that we've ever had in American history. Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE is the face of climate denial globally. He is lifting the constraints on polluters." 

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Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee following Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders opposes Biden Interior nominee in procedural vote Briahna Joy Gray on how Sanders changed the healthcare conversation Sanders 'delighted' DeSantis asked White House to import Canadian prescription drugs MORE's (I-Vt.) recent exit from the nomination contest. 

Gore said later that people should vote for Biden to "put us on the road to solving the climate crisis and creating a brighter future."

Gore's endorsement comes on the same day that Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBeyond California, a record year for recalls Seattle is first major US city to see 70 percent of residents fully vaccinated, mayor says Rivers, hydropower and climate resilience MORE (D), whose 2020 presidential campaign was largely centered on environmental issues, also threw his support behind Biden. 

Some Sanders-aligned environmental advocates have called for Biden to take on bolder climate plans. The presidential candidate has expressed willingness to do so, saying in a statement this week that "in the months ahead, expanding this plan will be one of my key objectives. ”

Gore, who served as Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama's presidential center may set modern record for length of delay Appeals court affirms North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional Cleaner US gas can reduce Europe's reliance on Russian energy MORE's vice president, ran for president himself in 2000. He narrowly lost to former President George W. Bush. 

Since then, Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to draw attention to climate change.

--Updated at 3:43 p.m.