Former Vice-President and unsuccessful 2000 Presidential candidate Al Gore has given up on President Donald Trump pursuing any climate change policies. Gore, in a guest spot on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, also disclosed that he had been offered illicit campaign material stolen from George W. Bush’s campaign headquarters during the 2000 presidential election.
Gore said he had met with the President at Trump Tower after the election. He was hopeful following the meeting, but said to Colbert, “I thought that there was a chance he would come to his senses. But I was wrong.”
Trump did eventually pull the US from the Paris Accord last month. Gore said he thought it would a disaster, but has since been reassured by the fact that the other nations in the pact have said they will “double down” on their efforts. He said many mayors, governors and business leaders consider themselves still in the Accord and are working on renewable energy. In fact, 350 mayors have agreed to keep up the work.
Trump has been criticized by business leaders, including tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and automaker Tesla. They feel that leaving the Accord may lower US businesses’ “profile” and make sales abroad more difficult.
“A lot of our most important governors and mayors and business leaders said,’We’re still in the Paris agreement and we’re going to meet the commitments of the country regardless of what Donald Trump tweets,’” Gore said.
Meanwhile, global temperatures are rising at an alarming rate this year, according to climate scientists.
Gore also recounted how in his 2000 presidential race, the debate prep book was stolen from candidate George W. Bush’s campaign and sent to Tom Downey of his own campaign. He turned it over to the FBI.