Al Gore: Obama isn't "relying on science"


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Al Gore, who is preparing a new slideshow for his Climate Reality Project, which debuts on Sept. 14, is stepping up his criticism of the president. In June, Gore penned a tour de force in Rolling Stone that covered everything from the death of the climate bill to what's next for the climate movement. He was not shy then about lovingly critiquing the president, and now he's openly saying that the president isn't "relying on science."Gore was moved to write after Obama decided last Friday to ignore the recommendations of his own EPA chief to limit pollution that causes smog. What's worse was that Obama used the language of anti-goverment, anti-regualtion zealots who say that action leads to economic "uncertainty," a claim that has never been proven.

On his blog, Gore writes:

Instead of relying on science, President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution--even though economists have shown that the US economy would benefit from the job creating investments associated with implementing the new technology. The result of the White House's action will be increased medical bills for seniors with lung disease, more children developing asthma, and the continued degradation of our air quality.

It's great to see Gore speaking out. He's come under heavy fire from opponents of climate action, but I'm happy to see Gore standing strong. It would be great to see the vice president in Washington DC for the Keystone XL hearings as well.