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Gore hits at US over climate change

Financial Times – December 13, 2007

Former Vice President Al Gore stood in front of the Bali conference several days ago and accused the US of obstructing progress on global warming. While Mr. Gore is certainly entitled to his opinions, it seems a little callous for a former leader of the government to so blatantly come out against the US position in an international body.

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Gore was not representing the US in this meeting. He was likely invited to the meeting on behalf of his activism in this area.

While it is no secret that Mr. Gore has opposed the Bush administration in this area, it seems especially wrong when he promises: [But] over the next two years the United States is going to be somewhere it is not now. (Follow the feed link to read the rest of the story).

Al Gore savaged the US governments obstructing attitude and urged delegates at the UN conference on climate change to ignore Washington if necessary to pursue the moral imperative of a new global regime.


Mr Gore, fresh from receiving the Nobel peace prize jointly with the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said delegates must find the grace to navigate around this enormous obstacle, the elephant in the room that I have been undiplomatic enough to name.


The US delegation in Bali has repeatedly said it is committed to finding a consensus and reaching a deal but numerous countries have accused it, as well as Japan, Canada and Saudi Arabia, of blocking progress.

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