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August 22nd, 2013
06:53 PM ET

Gore: Climate change ‘deniers’ like 'an alcoholic father’

Former Vice President Al Gore is optimistic that climate change deniers are falling by the wayside, but the environmental crusader’s recent comments have sparked controversy.

In a wide-ranging interview, Gore told the Washington Post that Republicans are growing weary of those who reject the notion of climate change, likening them to “an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned so everyone avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace.”

What impact is Gore’s heated rhetoric having on the climate change debate?

Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive of HP, said Gore’s name calling is hurting the environmental cause.

“I think he is becoming such a polarizing figure. I think there are many people who suspect this is more about Al Gore than it is about global warming,” she said.

“I think anyone who is serious about global warming needs to be complete and factual in their assessment.”

“There are many things that Al Gore does that makes me want to sigh,” said Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.

“In his defense, he’s not killing the effort on global warming because it’s dead already,” he added, pointing to menial movement in terms of legislation in Washington on the cause. Milbank said the public views efforts on climate change as too little, too late.

Asked by Tapper if any climate change legislation can get through Congress, Yahoo News White House Correspondent Olivier Knox pointed to a U.S. House committee’s plans to call a hearing on the subject in September.

The best thing the Obama administration can do, Fiornia said, “is not to get hung up on whether a pipeline is contributing to global warming but instead to engage in a sustained conversation with the nation of China is what it is we are going to do.”

Milbank noted international cooperation on the issue can be more difficult than addressing the issue domestically through Congress.


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