Al Gore Talks Connection Between Trump, Climate-Change Deniers and "Carbon Polluters"

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President Donald Trump (left), former Vice President Al Gore

"These persistent levels of denial — unique in the U.S. — have been intentionally created by the large carbon polluters taking the playbook from the tobacco companies, hiring pseudo-scientists and putting out false data."

Al Gore continued his media tour in support of his Inconvenient Sequel documentary, stopping by CBS This Morning on Wednesday.

There, he talked about how he thinks Donald Trump's opinion is being affected by people in the president's orbit.

"The president has surrounded himself with a 'rogues gallery' of climate deniers coming out of close ties with the carbon polluters," said Gore.

The former vice president, who is promoting An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, was asked where he thought the opposition to climate change activism stems from.

"These persistent levels of denial — unique in the U.S. — have been intentionally created by the large carbon polluters taking the playbook from the tobacco companies, hiring pseudo-scientists and putting out false data," said Gore. "And all of us, as human beings, are resistant to thinking about something that's hard to think about."

He said that climate change deniers put out "false doubt" and then people think it's easier to ignore the problem and not worry about it, when doing so is dangerous and the time is now to act.

"Carbon polluters have taken control of some parts of our democracy. We need to take it back," Gore added. "And this upsurge of activism is really encouraging."

Gore said that despite President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, he is heartened by the actions of businessmen and politicians who have promised to meet the U.S.' commitments under the accord. 

"It now looks as if the U.S. has an excellent chance to meet our commitments under the agreement, regardless of President Trump," said Gore.

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