Former Vice President Al Gore shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change. Claire Harbage/NPR
August 2, 20173:01 PM ET
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Former Vice President Al Gore shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change.
As a climate change activist, former Vice President Al Gore is used to speaking in front of both hostile and friendly audiences. But there is one individual he has all but given up on.
“I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump’s mind,” Gore says. “I think he has made it abundantly clear that he’s throwing his lot in with the climate deniers.”
In withdrawing from the Paris climate accord in June, Trump said he “cares deeply about the environment” but argued that the deal imposed burdens on the U.S. that would hurt American workers “while imposing no meaningful obligations” on other leading polluters like China. Administration officials at the time sidestepped questions about whether Trump believed that climate change was a “hoax,” as he had said prior to becoming president. When pushed in an interview on CNN, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation.”
Gore spoke with the president multiple times prior to Trump’s announcement about the Paris accord. Gore is now focused on building a bipartisan consensus to address the climate crisis.