Al Gore wants Climate Change deniers punishedChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Mar 17, 2015 07:52 IST
Former US Vice President Al Gore spoke at the annual SXSW festival at Austin, TX about Climate Change and the need for clean and renewable energy.
We need to put a price on carbon to accelerate these market trends, he said, referring to the proposed emission trading that is looking to penalize companies that emit too much carbon. And in order to do that, we need to put a price on denial in politics
We have this denial industry cranked up constantly, Gore said on Friday. In addition to 99 percent of the scientists and all the professional scientific organizations, now Mother Nature is weighing in.
Chairman and founder of the Climate Reality Project, Gore made a presentation at the SXSW that highlighted weather events, which may have been responsible due to human activities and negligence. His presentation also linked the issues of Middle East with the current climate change issues.
Gore s presentation also included Pope Francis who made a statement back in January that climate change is mostly man-made . I m not a Catholic, but I could be persuaded to become one, Gore said.
He said that smart investors were now moving away from companies which are linked to fossil fuels, and are now focusing on companies that promote, or produce clean and renewable energy, but that there needed to be a tax on carbon dioxide emissions to accelerate that trend.
Gore also gave examples of steps taken by other countries to address climate change and reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources and instead use renewable energy for their growing needs. For instance, he told the audience about Bangladesh working aggressively to install solar panels on rooftops. He also revealed that Dubai's state utility has accepted a bid for a solar power plant.
Gore was critical of those who remain skeptical that human activities are causing the world to dramatically warm.
Since Dem. Gore s defeat to Republican President George W. Bush in the presidential elections in 2000, he has focused on promoting clean energy. The Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, released in 2006 made Al Gore a globally known Climate Change activist.
Al Gore wants Climate Change deniers punished