(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) Former vice president Al Gore and former Secretary of State John Kerry have been outspoken since learning of President Donald Trump’s decision on Thursday to leave the Paris Climate agreement.
Both are known for their past advocacy to fight global warming, and have recently voiced their discontent about the President’s decision on social and mainstream media. They argued that the withdrawal was a mistake and against the wishes of most Americans.
“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action,” Gore said in a statement on Thursday. “It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.”
He also said that private citizens will continue to pursue clean energy as part of a “revolution,” and that Trump’s actions are “profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president.”
Gore also slammed the president’s decision in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“It makes no sense to me,” Gore told host Chris Wallace. “I think that it was a reckless decision, an indefensible decision.” He added that he had tried to convince Trump to stay in the agreement, following the president’s defeat of Hillary Clinton.
Gore also appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The administration comes off as tongue-tied and confused about the climate crisis because the truth is still inconvenient for the large carbon polluters and they don’t want to stop the polluting of the atmosphere because it interferes with their business plans,” Gore told host George Stephanopoulos. He also emphasized the jobs that are created by clean energy.
“President Trump isolated the United States with this reckless and indefensible decision, but if he won’t lead, the American people will. We’re seeing governors and mayors and business leaders step forward,” Gore said.
John Kerry wrote a long post on his Facebook page that mirrored Gore’s frustration.
“The President who promised ‘America First’ has taken a self-destructive step that puts our nation last,” he wrote. “This is an unprecedented forfeiture of American leadership which will cost us influence, cost us jobs, and invite other countries to walk away from solving humanity’s most existential crisis.”
“In 2015, because of American leadership, nearly 200 countries came together around a science-based agreement to grapple with a global threat,” Kerry continued. “For a President to follow that historic step forward by unilaterally walking backwards from science and backwards from leadership on behalf of polluters and fringe ideologues may be the most self-defeating action in American history.”
Besides social media, Kerry also made appearances on several media outlets, including CBS and CNN.
In an interview on the “CBS Evening News” with Anthony Mason, Kerry expressed his frustration with Trump leaving the agreement rather than trying to amend it.
“[N]o country is required by this agreement to do anything except what that country decided to do for itself,” Kerry said. “So Donald Trump is not telling the truth to the American people when he says ‘we have this huge burden that’s been imposed on us by other nations,’ – no,” said Kerry, who signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 with his granddaughter on his lap. “We agreed to what we would do. We designed it. It’s voluntary and the President of the United States could simply have changed that without walking away from the whole agreement.”
Kerry’s interview on CNN was similarly critical of the president, encouraging Americans to rise up and continue to fight against climate in a rejection of the President’s stance.
“Donald Trump left this agreement,” Kerry said. “But the United States of America represented by the vast people who support doing something about climate change are going to continue to take steps that will try to advance American interests and global interests to deal with this problem.”