Al Gore says 'ethical reasons' could end
Trump presidency early
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[August 09, 2017]
BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice
President Al Gore suggested on Tuesday that the presidency of Donald
Trump could end prematurely for "ethical reasons," drawing laughter from
a packed movie theater at the European premiere of his latest film on
"We’re only six months into the experiment with Trump. Some experiments
are ended early for ethical reasons," Gore said, acknowledging the
"provocative" nature of his comment.
Gore said he was convinced that U.S. cities, states and business
executives would meet U.S. obligations under the 2015 Paris agreement to
fight climate change, despite Trump's decision in June to withdraw from
the global pact.
"We have a global agreement and the American people are part of this
agreement in spite of Donald Trump," he told hundreds of moviegoers at
Berlin's Zoo Palast cinema after a showing of his new film, "An
Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power."
"We can win this ... All we need is the political will," he said, adding
his hope that the United States would "soon once again" have a leader
who was committed to halting global warming.
The film argues that fighting climate change is a just, moral battle, on
a par with social movements such as the civil rights movement in the
United States or the fight for gay rights.
Gore's first documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is credited with
bringing climate change into mainstream political discourse in the
United States a decade ago.
Gore said he was confident the American and German people would remain
united in their commitment to reversing the devastating effects of
climate change already visible around the world on a daily basis.
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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore attends a screening for "An
Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" in Los Angeles, California,
U.S., July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
He said he was "heartsick" about Trump's decision to pull out of the
Paris deal, but said it could trigger an even stronger commitment by
other nations to reduce greenhouse gases as an act of defiance.
He lauded Germany's leadership in moving toward alternative energy
sources, and said global moves to shift to solar and wind power
would drive economic growth and create many new jobs.
The U.S. State Department last week officially informed the United
Nations that it would withdraw from the Paris deal, but left the
door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United
But, in a diplomatic cable, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
told U.S. diplomats to sidestep questions from foreign governments
on what it would take for the U.S. government to re-engage in the
Paris climate deal, Reuters reported earlier on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal)
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