Al Gore says Trump driving, not weakening, climate change momentum

Al Gore: Trump less of climate change threat than I feared

Al Gore: Trump less of climate change threat than I feared

U.S. cities, states and businesses will enable the country to meet its promises under the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, despite its leader's decision to withdraw from the deal, said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Mr Gore, asked how big a problem Mr Trump is to his climate change goals, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It turns out that he is probably less of a problem than I had feared when he made his announcement that the USA would pull out of the Paris Agreement". "But that didn't happen".

Gore, who served as vice president under Bill Clinton and famously lost out to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential election, described Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as "very troubling".

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But Gore also took issue with Trump's comments on Tuesday that if North Korea continued to threaten the U.S.it would "be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before". "A new president could just give 30 days' notice and legally the US would be back in". "The previous three presidents were not able to find an adequate solution, so he can't be blamed for all of this".

"I don't agree with what some of Justin Trudeau has been doing and proposing", Gore says.

Though Gore called the warning to North Korea "intemperate" and "really unwise", he did absolve the commander in chief of any wrongdoing in exacerbating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

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Gore said he hoped Trump's senior advisers stressed caution.

"As the Secretary-General said in a statement on 1 June 2017, the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security", said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. "I hope he will listen to them and I hope their cooler heads will prevail", he adds. "But I do think he's an immensely positive force for the environment".

In the clip, posted on Paramount Pictures' official YouTube channel, celebrities explain why they're "inconvenient" when it comes to supporting the fight against global warming.

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