Former Vice President Al Gore blamed global warming for the devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and northeastern U.S. in a Politico interview published Friday. The extensive interview, in which Gore calls himself a "recovering politician" and declines to rule out a Presidential run in 2016, also focuses heavily on Gore's thoughts on efforts to combat climate change.
Gore said he thinks the world is nearing a "tipping point" in which there would be "shared resolve" to decrease the use of fossil fuels worldwide. He also said that, if steps are taken now, some "catastrophic" events might be avoided. But he also made sure to cite global warming as the cause of other recent high-profile natural disasters:
What’s already been happening? Super Typhoon Haiyan, when it came across the Pacific headed to the Philippines, it was more than 3 degrees Celsius warmer than normal in the Pacific. When Sandy came across the areas of the Atlantic just windward from Manhattan and New Jersey, it was 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal.
Gore predicted in the same interview that "hundreds of millions of climate refugees"could be created if action isn't taken soon. The article notes, however, that Gore's own advocacy group has drastically scaled down its operations in terms of personnel and tone. Instead of showing power points that dramatically forecast an increase in natural disasters, Gore's "Climate Reality project" now offers a more casual presentation that warns that uncurbed carbon pollution will lead to "poorer quality beer and underwater golf courses in Florida and Hawaii."