Gore rouses Sundance with climate film on eve of Trump
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[January 20, 2017]
By Piya Sinha-Roy
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) -
Former U.S. vice president Al Gore delivered a rousing
battle cry on Thursday to push climate change forward as
an urgent matter for politicians on the eve of
President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, at the
premiere of his new documentary.
Gore received a standing ovation after the premiere of "An
Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which opened this year's
Sundance Film Festival, as he encouraged audiences to place hope
especially in solar power to tackle global warming.
"Whether or not Donald Trump, inaugurated tomorrow, will take
the kind of approach that continues this progress, we'll have to
see, but let me reiterate, no one person can stop this," Gore
told the audience.
"An Inconvenient Sequel" follows Gore, 68, a decade after his
groundbreaking 2006 "An Inconvenient Truth," as he discussed
environmental policy with state leaders and connected
weather-related catastrophes to a global climate crisis.
The film also shows Gore's behind-the-scenes efforts to bring
India on board with the 2015 Paris climate agreement by trying
to help them get affordable access to solar energy.
Trump has dismissed man-made climate change as a hoax and said
during his campaign that he would pull the United States out of
the Paris climate agreement. However in November, he said he had
an "open mind" on the 200-nation accord to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions from burning fossil fuels.
Gore never names Trump in the film, but the president-elect is
seen on television during his campaign saying climate change was
low on his list of priorities. After the election, Gore is seen
entering the Trump Tower to meet the president-elect.
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When asked by an audience member if he could reveal what happened in
the meeting, Gore declined to divulge details but said "it's not the
"There have been a lot of people who've started out as deniers and
who have changed over time. Whether he will or not remains to be
seen," he said.
"An Inconvenient Sequel" is the centerpiece of Sundance's "New
Climate" documentary spotlight.
Earlier in the day, filmmaker and Sundance founder Robert Redford
said the festival didn't take a stance on politics, but he expressed
pride in the growth of documentaries.
"The news media world has shrunk into more of a sound bite world.
Everything's so clipped and short, it gives you no time to digest,
no time to contemplate," Redford said at a news conference.
"I felt like documentaries are having a more important role than
ever because it becomes long-form journalism."
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Robert
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