Al Gore likens global warming deniers to slavery, apartheid perpetrators

Gore may have an uphill climb in persuading the public global warming should be a top concern. Only 34% of Americans  believe global warming poses a “serious threat,” according to a Gallup poll from April. New York Daily News- by Leslie Larson

Al Gore dished out some harsh words for global warming skeptics, likening the deniers of the environmental issue to the perpetrators of history’s most egregious events including apartheid and slavery.

Gore told Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein that “we’re winning” the conversation on racism, homophobia and prejudice.  

“I remember as a boy when the conversation on civil rights was won in the South. I remember a time when one of my friends made a racist joke and another said, hey man, we don’t go for that anymore,” Gore said in praise of how society has changed.

But when it comes to global warming deniers, Gore says the progress “has been stalled,” blaming “a shrinking group of denialists.”

The former vice president went on to compare global warming skeptics to families who have a relative with a substance abuse issue.

“It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned, and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace,” he said.

Conservatives in particular place a low priority on concerns about global warming.

On Monday, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) called into the radio show hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to blast President Obama’s agenda.

The senator accused the President of violating federal law in the effort to combat climate change, saying his administration has an illegal partnership with his advocacy group Organizing for Action.

Despite the chatter from the right about concerns over global warming being overblown, Gore expressed optimism about a vibrancy in environmental activism.

He especially expressed excitement that deniers are being “hit politically.”

“They’re being subjected to ridicule … the ability of the raging deniers to stop progress is waning every single day.”

Though the GOP is criticized as dragging its feet when it comes to climate change, only 34% of Americans believe global warming poses a “serious threat,” according to a Gallup poll from April.

llarson@nydailynews.com

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7 thoughts on “Al Gore likens global warming deniers to slavery, apartheid perpetrators

  1. A last ditch effort to keep this BS alive.
    al gore is a joke. Now that is a fact we can all agree on.

    If you want to clean up the world… get started on the oil spills and the tepco fiasco al.

  2. “Despite the chatter from the right about concerns over global warming being overblown, Gore expressed optimism about a vibrancy in environmental activism.
    He especially expressed excitement that deniers are being “hit politically.”
    “They’re being subjected to ridicule … the ability of the raging deniers to stop progress is waning every single day.””

    Alleyboy, you are wrong. You and your ilk are being ridiculed and we see your progress waning Every single day 🙂

  3. Well just like Lube Rack Nan good ol Al Gore is hitting the Chinese Pipe a bit heavy again.
    Sumbitches tell me my treats are illegal and then go hit the pipe themselves.
    We are coming for ya with some good American hemp and you ain’t going to be smoking that.

  4. I guess carl hammel sees it as a matter of contracts and property rights.Mr. Gore can obviously profit from ignorance which is largely his own.He doesn’t care if you die in a battlefield or a swamp or a desert as long as he makes it his own in the end.

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