9:36pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Al Gore Calls Trump "the Face of Climate-Change Denial" on 'Daily Show'
Al Gore derided President Trump as "the face of climate-change denial" and suggested that Americans are getting fed up with the disorder in his White House during an appearance on The Daily Show on Wednesday.
While on the Comedy Central show to promote The Climate Reality Project's 8th annual 24-hour broadcast, which the former U.S. vice president is hosting, Gore responded to Trump's recent comments on a report compiled by 13 federal agencies detailing climate change's deleterious effects on the country. Trump said that he didn't "see" the effects of climate change and that America's air and water are "at record clean."
"It's really significant, Trevor, that Donald J. Trump is now the face of climate denial," Gore said. "There are those who are still giving them their loyalty and trust, but the vast majority of Americans have had it with the constant craziness, if you want to call it that way."
"I think we do want to call it that way," Noah joked.
"When he's the principal global face of climate denial, I think that's a cue," Gore continued. " "I think some of the mobilization that is really building," he added, referring to the midterm elections, "I think part of that is a reaction to what Donald Trump is saying and doing."
At another point in the program, Noah asked Gore whether climate change was getting worse. "Here's the thing: We are treating the atmosphere as an open sewer. It's a very thin shell around the planet and we are changing it," he said, before rattling off some statistics. Gore then took a more empirical approach: "Look at the fires in California, just recently. In South Africa, Cape Town just ran out almost out water," he said, looking significantly at Noah when he mentioned his home country.
Noah took the opportunity to ask Gore about "the giant cow" that has become an internet meme, a Holstein from Australia named Knickers. Given that cows are a signficant producer of methane in the atmosphere, would Gore be willing to "kill the giant cow," he asked?
"Absolutely not. But I love your bit that this is a white-people problem," Gore said, referring to an argument about the cow in Noah's monologue.