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April 29, 2017: Climate change has sent an emissary to the 2017 People’s Climate March on Washington: a freakish, one-day heat wave.
(It’s directed by documentarians Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, who filmed Gore for more than a year on multiple continents.) A sequence early in finds Gore in a helicopter flying over Greenland’s ice sheet, geopolitical-thriller music in the background, as we watch giant chunks of glacier seem to smoke and then explode, almost as if they’re being bombed.After that event, I said, ‘Just give me two dates, and I will present this to opinion leaders.’ I booked hotel ballrooms in L. At both events, he got standing ovations.” That was the moment David knew that Gore had to do more than a slide show. To borrow from the , Generation is a “demonstration of a new version of capitalism, one that will shift the incentives of financial and business operations to reduce the environmental, social, political, and long-term economic damage being caused by unsustainable commercial excesses.” Between 20, the average annual return for Generation’s global equity fund was 12.1 percent; the average stock market return in the same period was around 7 percent. In 2010, Al and Tipper Gore separated after 40 years of marriage and four kids (Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert). They’d seemed like Paul and Linda, Goldie and Kurt.… He sold his Current TV cable channel to Al Jazeera in 2013 for a reported several hundred million dollars.A few years ago, the vice president began dating a politically connected environmental activist named Elizabeth Keadle. Al Jazeera then used the frequency to launch (the now shuttered) Al Jazeera America, which fed animus against Gore; he’s also been a lightning rod for animus from the likes of Oklahoma senator James Inhofe, former vice president Dick Cheney, and the Koch brothers. He can get Tesla’s Elon Musk on the phone anytime, including evenings and weekends. , which screened in Cannes in May and is out this month, is both more hopeful and scarier than the first film.She’s made the trip all the way from New York to DC. David pressed on him that he had to have a version to share over social media.(Here’s a mind-bender: Twitter and Facebook were newbie launches at the time of ,” Gore notes dryly.(In 2016, Elizabeth Kolbert wrote in a piece about Greenland that “in the past four years, more than a trillion tons of ice have been lost. He has a sense of mission, which is very impressive,” says Kolbert, who’s interviewed Gore many times over the years and has written extensively on climate change, including the critically acclaimed . “You’ve probably read enough stories to know I don’t talk about that,” Gore says. Any rise beyond that, and the world’s climate, which has been more or less stable for the past 10,000 years, will enter a new era of weather instability that no serious climate scientist is prepared to call.
This is four hundred million Olympic swimming pools’ worth of water.”) The rapid melting is setting in motion complex weather biofeedback loops that make it increasingly difficult for climate modelers to predict at what rates and how high the oceans will rise; how long the droughts and heat waves will last; how far afield diseases will travel out of tropical zones; how many years before the Great Barrier Reef dies completely; and when Miami, parts of southern Manhattan, and many other major cities will be underwater. “First…while I was vice president, I always protected the confidence of my communications; I think any president who enters into private conversation is entitled to that kind of respect. Al Gore’s trajectory on this issue is full of ironies, twists of fate, successes, and failures. He’s been so close, so many times, only to lose the thing he was seeking, from U. political engagement on climate change…to the presidency.
), past the new Trump hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, on to the White House.
Al Gore, the unofficial Moses of this march, is dressed in black jeans, black boots, a black polo-style shirt.
Gore works his connections in politics, renewable energy, and international banking to help solve a previously insurmountable problem, and it’s thrilling to watch him operate. “A nimble president could do that seven days a week,” Gore says. Watching Donald Trump thrash and bang up against the norms and rules of the presidency, diplomacy, the judiciary, and even Congress oddly reveals the constraints of the office in ways we never really considered during past administrations. "I still believe there is no position with this much influence as the president of the United States.
“Now the flip side of that is, there’s no position with as many competing priorities.
Loosely flanking Gore are his oldest child, Karenna, the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary; his youngest child, Albert, who works for Tesla; and about a dozen of the brainiac millennials who work for him at Climate Reality Project, the nonprofit he started in 2006, following the huge success of and the best-selling book of the same name.